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I guess you can say that I live in my shop, literally!!! I couldn't afford to build a shop because I'm on a limited disability income so I removed the wall between my two bedrooms and made a shop in them. My living room was big enough to set my bed up, I'm single and I don't get visitors so it's not really a problem. What was a problem was that the bedrooms are only 9 feet wide so it got crowded very fast. This year I decided to switch it up and move my shop into the living room and "live" in the bedrooms so I moved my big screen tv and everything else into there. This was a vast improvement and gave me the space I needed to set up shop.

This workshop isn't anything special. It's just a place for me to tinker and provides a much needed hobby to distract me from my spinal injuries.

Equipment:
My table saw is an old Ryobi from the 70's with a sliding miter table on one end and a router table extension on the other.
A small Ryobi bandsaw.
A Ryobi planer.
A Delta VS 6" benchtop jointer.
A Delta 1" x 30" stationary sander with a 6" disc.
An 8" Ryobi bench grinder.
I cheap 1/2hp drill press.
A Ryobi miter saw.
A Craftsman professional router with a plunge, fixed and D-handle base.
A Ridgid Palm router.
A cheap oak work bench from Harbor Freight.
A Porter-Cable pancake compressor with a 1/4" crown stapler, a brad nailer and a finish nailer.
A pin nailer from Harbor Freight.
An HVLP sprayer from HF.
A Husky paint sprayer.
A Porter-Cable bisquit joiner.
An electric Porter-Cable hand planer.
An electric Dewalt hand planer.
Every 18 volt tool that Ryobi makes.
A Milwaukee VS random orbital sander.
Craftsman Shop Vac.
Sears Scroll Saw.

Future tool needs:
Dust collection system
Wood Lathe
New 6" jointer, mine has bearing problems
"Panel" Sander
and lots more…. you can never have enough clamps or tools!!!!!!!

AND LOTS OF SHOP CATS!!!!!!

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Sounds like a great shop! We'd love to see pictures, it's always cool to see new shops!
 

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Tim, I am also looking forward to seeing pictures of your shop when you get an opportunity to post them.
 

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Sorry guys, I was having trouble uploading pics last night.
 

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Sweet setup… Love those BT3×00 series saws! Love your modifications on it… Your version has the much nicer stand compared to mine with the splayed legs… Have that same planer too. Great machine for the bucks…
 

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Nice setup and tool collection! I'd love the convenience of having my shop in my living room, but I'm pretty sure my wife would veto that idea…
 

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Tim, this is a pretty nice looking shop that you have. It looks like a fun place to make some sawdust and, the upgrades that you made to your table saw really help improve its use and operation. Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.
 

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dbhost, Thanks and yes, that Ryobi planer is really great!! At any price!!! I read several nice reviews about it after I bought it.

Thanks for the links on Ryobi BT3100 table saws!! I bought mine a couple of years ago. The guy that had it, let it sit in his workshop for numerous years because he had a stroke and couldn't use it anymore. I brought it home, disassembled it, cleaned it and greased it up and everything worked great except the sliding table was impossible to adjust. I recently bought new parts for the sliding table and I hope I can finally get it to run parallel to the blade. However, the crosscut sled works better than any miter guage or sliding table on the market.

Manitario, all of my male friends love my living room woodshop but my mom hates it!!! It's NOT for everyone and it's also probably why I'm still single…..lol

Scott, Woodworking doesn't necessarily have to be an expensive hobby. I'm on SS disability, which doesn't pay much but I just made it a point to buy a new tool every month when I got my check. Bought some tools new and some used and I've upgraded table saws 3 times.

My favorite tool is the Delta stationary sander because it was from my grandfather's shop. He passed away several years before I got into woodworking and I'm just fortunaate that my father kept a few of his old tools.
 

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Hey Tim,
Looking good with some cool toys there…well done.
 

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I just looked and read the story of your workshop. Now that is dedication. I'm also disabled too but lucky that I have a detached garage I can work in. Right now I'm working between setting up a duct system and getting 220 wired in the garage. I think I can do most of the set up and digging for the 220 so the electrician shouldn't cost too much. Can't afford a cyclone yet but I thought PVC would be nice to have. You could set up a mini-cyclone with your shop vac. That would help a lot. I posted some photos of mine on my website. So do you have a problem with your neighbors?
Thanks for posting.

Angela
 
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