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This is my first workshop, as I've never owned a house before and now have a garage I can alter to my liking. It's not big, but it's big enough, and very satisfying to use. I did some woodworking in high school, and have a few nice projects from those days (the late '80s!) but I am essentially starting over at the age of 40, and I'm loving it!

Some tools I'm running currently:
  • Ridgid R4512 Table Saw not pictured
  • Craftsman 21237 Miter Saw
  • Ryobi DP121L Drill Press
  • Bosch 1617EVSPK Router in Bosch Router Table
  • Ridgid EB4424 Sander

I built the workbench and the cart for the sander/drill press. It's a pretty cramped space, so portability and efficient use of space is a primary concern.

(I don't use the miter saw and the router table at the same time - I had just finished the slide-out surface for the router table and wanted to take pictures to show it all off to my brother).

Same goes for the slide-out stand for the router table - which also doubles as a low workbench for larger pieces (when I'm working on a large drawer, or such).

The router table, miter saw, and sander are all held down with bolts that feed into T-nuts on the undersides of the cabinets - that way I can just put in more T-nuts when I add bench-top equipment (planer, hollow-chisel mortiser, scroll saw, etc.)

Purchased most of them after reading lots of reviews. They haven't seen too much use yet, but I'm pretty happy with them so far. As time goes on, I'll probably post reviews of them when I have experience with them.

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Well done! Are you going to insulate it at some point? Welcome to LJ's
 

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I think in Minnesota it's either insulate or evacuate.
 

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For now, I'm choosing "evacuate." I have other projects I can work on in the winter (like writing) and also look forward to woodworking in the spring/summer.
 

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Don't be like me and wait to long to insulate. I started my shop in an uninsulated garage. I pretty much evacuated in the winter except for repairs (and I'm far from as cold as you). Now that I have more time to spend there and it's more of a wood shop, I need to insulate. The years of accumulation of tools and storage hanging on the walls and stuffed in the rafters have multiplied the pain-in-the-ass factor to do it by at least a factor of 12.
 

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Looks like a good shop space.
 
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