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Alright… revised with photos! First Pic: Conned Momma into letting me have the 3rd bay of the garage until I get that dedicated shop built on the acreage. We have two 9 foot bays, and one 8 foot bay. Too narrow for the truck and too hard to fit the van in. Not much of an argument from Momma on this one.

The next pic: Looking into the Northeast corner. When we bought the chanty back in '05, I only had 1 week to get moved in, and I had to use the garage as a staging area for the rest of the moving operation. Didn't get to build the cabinets I wanted cause I didn't have time. Home Depot had some prefabbers on sale that very week! Went in, looked at 'em… and decided to go with the white melamine. Bought 'em, got 'em home, got 'em assembled, got 'em mounted, and the got 'em filled in one afternoon/evening! I am big on light colors and lots of reflective light. These cabinets fit the bill! I have 9' foot ceilings in the garage… so I can stack a lot of stuff up on top of the cabinets! The long, tall cabinets hide a lot of stuff I don't use all the time… like the planer… the jointer, the grinder… that sort of stuff! The ladders are hanging on some plastic garden utensil racks I bought at some hardware store. I was looking for a way to hang my ladders that could serve another function if need be. Voila!

The 3rd pic is further along the East wall moving South. Disc/belt sander, bandsaw, shop vac and air compressor. Put pegboard on some of the wall… and the nut/bolt storage rack is a catch all that I bought from an old auto shop. I use it primarily for hardware and… junk!

Pic 4: The Ridgid table saw with the table fully extended had a big opening! I got tired of moving my Craftsman router table around, and decided to fit it into the opening! I took an old saw blade, put it on the arbor backwards, and then ripped and crosscut the table to fit. I then ground the contact areas down until the table was flush with the saw table. Presto! Custom made table saw router table insert! I use the shop vack and a 5 gallon cyclone system for dust collection. It ain't great, but it works. Under the saw is a drawer with heavy duty full extension glides. I house extra blades, my routers and wrenches, and some other assorted junk in. And hey… the guard? It wasn't on in this pic. But the Ridgid Guard system is a snap to put on and takes about a minute. It is onboard right under the router table. And I do use it!

Pic 5: Hand tools in their place and a place for the hand tools… or something like that. Not a big fan of pegboard, but it is verstatile. And… a little hot glue keeps the pegboard hooks from popping out when you don't lift a tool off of 'em exactly right. The drill press in the picture is a Cummins Tool sale special. It ain't much, but it works for what I use it for! In addition, I have a large table with a fence system (not shown) that I bolt on when I am cutting mortises, rosettes, or mass drillings!

Pic 6: The non-saw end of my workbench. The top is 3/4" MDf laminated to 3/4" melamine. The left side cabinet I built. It is simply two doors and an adjustable shelf. The right side (blue!) was rescued out of a school building that was being sold. It is 4 drawers on top and two cabinet doors (no shelves inside on this one!) for more storage. This table is on locking casters and the whole thing, with the saw on it and everything, weighs in at a hefty 350lbs or so. It is a beast to move, I'll tell you! But it is solid, and absorbs blows and vibrations. The extension cord is my sister-in-laws patented invention, called an "electric gecko toe." The table saw is mounted the wrong way from most of the plans I saw in books and magazines. I needed a table that would absorb the vibrations… be able to work on… make a good outfeed table… and most of all, not tip over when I was pushing 3/4" plywood on the saw! This bench fits the bill! The top is 50 inches long, so I can rip a whole piece of plywood, shut off the saw, and not worry about it falling off! The bench vise is a Columbian cheapie that I bought at the home center, but it works. The dog holes fit the 3/4" aluminum T dog I have. When I sand or rout on the white melamine, I use the router pads or carpet pad, depending on the size of project.

The garage has an attic fan in it for ventilation. It works great when you are sanding or spraying finish. It literally sucks the stuff up into the attic! Wow! I need to run some extra electrical service into the garage. I have to be careful if my compressor, vacuum and table saw are all on at the same time. I usually move the table so I can plug my saw into a different outlet/circuit breaker when I am doing a lot of sawing. I also have a retractable trouble light mounted above the bench. Extra light… extra outlet… reaches all the way to the other side of the shop, so I can work on the car with the same light! The 4' flourescent lights came out of a school remodel. Both were fished out of a dumpster.

Bought the Ridgid Table Saw n 2000. Was asked to build some cabinets for a school computer room. Decided I needed something a little newer and a little more portable than the Wards Power Craft Saw I had been using. This saw has fit the bill nicely, and the portable stand is great… on the jobsite! But in the shop, I needed something that would not tip over when I was running 3/4 inch plywood over it!

I have a Ryobi 10 inch planer (not shown) that I bought from one of my students (it wasn't hot! His Granddad had passed away, and this young man's dad asked me if I wanted it!). I also have a little Craftsman bench top jointer (also not shown). Really not very good, but it does what I want it to. The Band saw has a fence and a light so this ol' guy, that is getting blinder and blinder, can see!

Bought a Dewalt Slider this summer on a road trip to Grizzly in Springfield. Awesome tool. May throw my miter gage away! I can crosscut up to 11 3/4" with that bad boy! Have a Bosch dual base router setup… and I bought an extra base at a garage sale for $5! I also have a crappy Craftsman plunge router (1/4" collets suck) and a old Craftsman router a guy gave me. It is pretty decent, but it also will only take 1/4" bits. So the Craftsmen routers are really good for light duty stuff. The Bosch bangs out the hard work! I do like the PC Random orbitals and the PC belt sanders.

I keep my wood in the attic of my storage shed. I am blessed to have access to a couple of guys locally that get me some unique wood (one guy has a couple of barns full of old growth, quarter sawn white oak; another guy makes cyprus siding). I am not a hoarder, but if I am ordering wood from these guys, I also order a hundred board feet or so extra, just to have on hand. Then, when I call them, they always say "what took you so long to call me!" Gosh… a guy can't really win, can he! But with deflated wood prices, it is a good time to stockpile wood, isn't it?

I am starting to get into the outdoor furniture phase of my woodworking metamorphisis. I have gone through the Shaker reproduction period (thanks Norm Abram), and the Mission style period. I have built some contemporary stuff. But all in all… it is still a lot of fun for me… even though it is also my job!

Upgrades are great, but I have access to all the great tools at my job, and I can access them any time I want. That last line is like the setup line for a joke! Here is the punch line: I am a high school woodshop teacher!! Greatest job in the world!

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Salty, how about posting some pictures of your shop(s) when you get the opportunity?
 

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I second Scott's motion.
 

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I second Jim's second (Roberts Rules of Order do not apply here). I do not /will not have a Facebook account, so the link to the album you included is non-functional.
 

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I started to post the pics… but it took so darned long… I'll try again later!
 

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There: posted the maximum of 6 pics I could squeeze in! Now remember… these pics were shot during a complete lull in my life, and they may not reflect the actual condition of the shop on any given day other than the actual time period of the day which they were taken. What a bunch of legaleese! Sheez!
 

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Hey Salty,
Now that is a sweet set-up with some nice toys to play with…well done.
 

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Great shop nicely organized.
Thanks for the pics.
 

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Pretty nice especially for the size of bay you have set up. With those great high ceilings, you might consider putting in an over door loft to store stuff that is in the way… Or maybe lumber storage…
 

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Salty, this is a nice shop space that you have. It looks to be well organized and you have put some nice cabinetry in there. Not only do they add invaluable storage to your shop but they also help brighten it up. You also have some nice headroom in there. I have 92" to the bottom of the joists and it can be a challenge when handling sheet goods or moving tall pieces around in my shop to avoid the light fixtures and anything hanging from the joists.

You have a nice set of tools to play with as well. And your dual purpose bench is an invaluable addition to your shop.

Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed the tour.
 

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The pics are about 14 months old at this point. When (and if!) the weather ever warms up again, I am going to pull the cabinets out, put the polyurethane colored finish on the garage floor, and mount the cabinets and workbench all on the same wall. This will free up some wall space for the bandsaw, shop vac and sander, and I will then be able to put a stationary dust control plumbing system in.

I think I need to post some pics of the ol' woodshop at the school I teach at next. Everytime I walk in, I am amazed at the products previous teachers bought for the program! That will be next!
 
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