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About 25 years ago when I had my house built, the contractor asked me if I wanted to have a room under the main garage. My house is on a hill with a walkout basement. At the time I thought it would make a great storage or exercise room so I said yes. I have a home with a wood foundation, so he used trusses to support the concrete garage floor above and 2X12s for the wall studs supporting the trusses. They also poured a concrete floor and installed a garage door opening to my backyard. I have access to the shop through a door from my utility room in the lower level of the house. I originally used it for storage. I finally got smart and put in lots of overhead lighting, insulation, heat, and I installed 3/4 inch plywood on the walls, covered by 1/2 paneling. This allows me to screw cabinets etc anywhere without looking for studs. I ran in a separate power panel and many 120 and 220 outlets. Although not a huge shop, it's 400 sq ft, I have fun working in it. I have put most machines on mobile bases. I have space on the walls in the home utility room for pegboard and thats where I keep a lot of my hand tools since its just outside the door of my shop. I had a garage door company cut windows into the garage door so I can look out over my wooded lot and creek, see it raining and snowing, all the time nice and cozy while building another masterpiece…masterpiece?...well maybe not…you know what I mean. :)

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Well, I'm officially jealous!
 

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Wayne you have a wonderful shop space. I like the wall paneling. It is nice to not have to hunt for studs. And what is not to like about your tools!!! I am a Powermatic fan myself and my second generation of tools will be from Powermatic's line. My next purchases will probably be an air cleaner, dust collector (PM1300) and its a toss up between a PM2000 and Sawstop. If only money were no object (deep sigh). :)

Anyway I really enjoyed visiting with you and I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the post.
 

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Thanks for the comments folks. I guess a shop is always a work in progress. I fear I am running out of floor space though :) And yes, Powermatic has always been my favorite too. I still need a belt/disc sander, shaper or router table and a mortise machine. These wants allow me to keep dreaming.
 

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Very nice shop. It looks like you have used your space wisely.
I guess you got a sale on Powermatic! :) I'm stuck in a one car garage but doing an update this winter.
 

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I love your shop Wayne. I appreciate neat freaks. I love the sanding station and dovetail jig riser. Both are on my list for this weekend.

Thanks for sharing!
 

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Teri…it looks like you have a nice shop building project going on yourself. I like the look of the building. How is it coming?

I sometimes wish I had a huge building for my stuff. I keep buying tools and I am gradually running out of floor space. I'm never sure if I buy the equipment to build things, or if I just like to collect tools…ha ha ha.
 

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nice shop Wayne. Still working on mine, probably forever. I was all set up and working until recently when I had to pack and move. I am in a one car garage with high celings. I lost 1 foot of space the entire length of the garage in the move but with some creative space manipulation I just might get it all back
 

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Hey Wayne
This is a show room WOW this is neat organised and well thought out. great shop It makes me want to go out and reorganise my shop again.
 

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Thanks for the nice comments guys. I like the shop a lot. The only thing I wish I had was more room, but then who doesnt. For the most part, it works out well.
 

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That is my idea of what a shop should be. Spacious and well equipped with quality machinery. More or less the opposite of my shop. But I am not envious and I hope you enjoy every minute in it.
 

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Really nice shop. Lots of toys! Id like to see the view out back.
 

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Great shop. You sure do like Yellow. Kind of funny looking at it, everything I can see except the planer and CMS are Powermatic, and those are DeWalt, but you have a Delta wall clock… Seems out of place… You should get Powermatic to give you a wall clock for all the stuff you bought from them…
 

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Thanks for the comments. I would be happy to buy a Powermatic clock if I could find one :) Although I do have Delta equipment too. I love my Powermatic stuff…never have had any problems with any of it.
 

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Thanks for your comments on dust collectors, looks like you have a great shop and top quality power tools.
 

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Nice shop!! I got to see a powermatic demo at a Woodcraft store in Austin recenly. I can see why they are the gold standard! Nice shop!
 

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You have a nice, clean, and well organized shop. I'm sure it gives you many hours of enjoyment thru those long Minnesota winters.
 

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Wayne

I was looking at your shop very nice, I know what you mean about running out of space for tools you never have to many tools.

I was looking at the map for workshops didn't see anyone from Alaska, I live in Anchorage, AK. I also was born and raised in Minnesota (Fergus Falls)

Look forward talking with you

Tim Wilde
 

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Hi Tim,

Thanks for the nice comments on my shop. Yes, you are right, you never have too many tools. I start to wonder sometime if I really need all of them for projects, or if I just like collecting tools :)

Great on being from Fergus. I know where that is very well. I grew up in Bemidji.

I believe there are others on here from Alaska. I seem to remember others checking in from your great state.

Wayne
 

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Great shop, with a fine range of Bostitch!. I love my stick framer, not much use for it in cabinet making though:)
 
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