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Mansfield, TX
United States

My modest Garage Workshop, one wall of 1/2 of a 2-car garage, best I can do for now, but it is comfortable!
Primary tools, most on bases: Craftsman disc/belt sander, vintage 1971, homemade stand Delta 12” bandsaw Delta 17-950L 16-1/2 Drill Press Craftsman grinder, unknown vintage, the brown crinkle finish Dewalt 12” CMS

Lots of portable power tools, some classic handtools.
Current project, a good workstand for the miter saw, next up a ‘real’ woodworking bench.

Updated the shop this month (August 2010), replaced the Craftsman TS with one just a bit better.

PM2000 ordered on 7/15, received 7/23, ready to go on 7/25. The new PM2000 is probably more saw than I’ll ever need, but at least it’s not crooked like the poor ol’ Sears unit.

Now my dilemma is which project to tackle first!

November-December Update, added a ‘real’ dust collector (Harbor Fright 2hp modified, thanks to dbhost for the inspiration!), added remote ‘smartswitch’ to operate DC and shopvac.

-- Smitty

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#1 posted 05-03-2010 08:09 PM

Dale, from the picture it looks like you have utilized the space that you have pretty effectively. For those of us with smaller shops putting our power tools on wheels really helps. You also have some nice tools to play with as well.

Thanks for the picture. I enjoyed visiting your shop,.

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#2 posted 05-04-2010 07:19 AM

Hey Dale,
Mobility is the go there with your toys…nice one.

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#3 posted 05-04-2010 07:26 AM

Neat shop Dale. Looks like you may have to build a carport so you can get that car out of your shop. :-)

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#4 posted 05-04-2010 07:28 AM

Looks like fun!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 05-04-2010 10:07 PM

Now I thought your profile said you are from Texas. Why would you need half a 2 car garage for a car in Texas? Everyone here drives pickup trucks, and they don’t fit!

Okay seriously though, looking like a good setup so far. Use your space wisely, and you can get an awful lot done!

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 12:37 AM

Thanks all for the comments, I really enjoy seeing other’s workshops and usually get good ideas from even the most simple of setups.

dbhost, You’re right, my pickup hasn’t been in the garage for 8 or 9 years. What doesn’t show in the first pic is an 8×14 HO model railroad layout. That’s a lot of woodworking space if I can ever get rid of it!

My shop is evolving since I’ve had some time to devote to it this year. First upgrade to the shop is a miter saw workstand to replace the junky thing under the Dewalt CMS, almost done, needs finish.

-- Smitty

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 12:40 AM

Nice workshop.

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 08:08 AM

That is one sweet TS, and you have most of the other tools you need to do almost anything, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#9 posted 12-02-2010 06:31 AM

Thanks Steve, It was a big decision and more TS than I thought I would use, but after working with it for several months on a variety of things, I’m even more convinced that the PM2000 was the right answer for my needs.
And funny how this works, but using the TS is so much fun, I’ve had to add a 2hp dust collector to the shop to keep up with the sawdust! I’ll add that to the shop pics in a bit.

-- Smitty

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 05:45 AM

Some details on the Harbor Freight 2hp Dust Collector addition, again with credit to dbhost, abbott, stevej and others for sharing their experience with that unit and with dust collector (DC) technology and solutions in general.

So, here goes: Had pretty much targetted a 1 1/2 hp unit since I wanted to use one of my newly installed 115V/20A outlets, and hadn’t seen anything over 1 1/2 that didn’t need 220VAC. Then I noticed a couple of threads by grandpa and dbhost that mentioned the HF 2hp DC which ran with 115VAC/20A. Price was right, coupon cut out of Wood magazine for $139 and I was on the way back home from the local HF with the big box in a flash.

Had another non-woodworking project underway in the garage so went ahead and ordered the Wynn 35A cannister filter and the Fernbrook SmartSwitch for DC remote control. After all the parts arrived, assembled the DC and added the Thien baffle all at once. Here are a couple of pics of that installation:

the baffle from the top of the DC mid-section. It’s made from 1/4” MDF pattern from the Thien website. 1 1/4” dowels used for standoffs, 1/4-20 allthead rod epoxied into each end for securing to DC sheet metal and the baffle.

The baffle from the bottom of the DC looking up. Since the filter is installed with turnbuckles hooked over the inner edge of the midsection, the baffle when installed blocks access to those. As a compromise, I used wingnuts so the baffle can be removed later if needed to remove the fileter for cleaning or whatever. Getting the baffle back on is a bit tricky since poking the threaded rods back through the baffle holes is almost a blind operation. I don’t anticipate this will have to be done much anyway.

Completed unit at work servicing the table saw.

I’ll cover the remote switch in the next post, need to take a couple of pics first.

-- Smitty

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#11 posted 12-13-2010 07:16 AM

OK, Now for some info about my remote DC switch selection and installation. This is likely not new to most veteran LJ’s, but hopefully useful to some other newbies (like me)...

First, I needed a 115V/20A remote switch for the HF DC. There are several brands and styles available from both our normal woodworking suppliers and even eBay. The Long Ranger, Shop Fox, Grizzly to name a few, but based on good advice from another DC post here on LJ, I went with the DK 1102 Fernbrook Smartswitch, at about $78 OTD, (shown below), consisting of three components: Switching module, remote control, and transceiver. These are components of the commonly availlable X-10 remote control family, more on that later -

I started with a double duplex outlet already wired for the 115V/20A

Decided to change the double electrical wall box to a triple since the smartswitch switching module must be installed in a wallbox anyway. Since the module is the square face configuration, I changed the other two duplex outlets out as well and added the triple square faceplate. These are available at most big box home improvement centers. This what it looks like -

And this is the system installed and in use. It serves both the 2hp DC and a wall mounted shop vac used for routine cleanup, not both at the same time. The duplex receptacle on the right is the switch module. NOTE: Both outlets on this are switched at the same time, so if you have two devices plugged in and their power switches are ‘ON’, they will both be turned on or off when you punch the remote. I solved this by simply turning off the main or smaller DC when not anticipating their use.

Now, here are the same components bought from eBay at just about 1/2 of what the smartswitch cost -

Alternate sources are or TheHomeAutomationStore.

And a last note, the remote switching installation has been in use now for about 3 weeks and is just a perfect solution for what I needed, reasonable cost, and replacement components readily available. (I even bought a a set of 3 spare remotes, $12.99, ‘just in case’ I lose the original.)


-- Smitty

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#12 posted 12-15-2010 05:34 AM

Did you run your dust collector without the redesign and if so with the redesign is it quieter ? I also have another issue you might have the answer for. I bought a 1”1/4 shop vac hose and stepped down my 4” rockler dust right hose to the shop vac hose and use it for my router. I do alot of router work with a plunge base. I have the ridgid router set and I love it the dust collection works great but when I step the hose down I am loosing my suction power for some reason? Is there a better than going back to my shop vac?


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#13 posted 12-15-2010 05:55 AM

Nope, I started right off with the baffle and Wynn filter. Worth looking for, dbhost has posted a bunch of information on his HF DC upgrades where he describes before and after performance with and without the mods. It was that goldmine of information that made my decision to go with the internal baffle and the Wynn filter. I”m afraid I can’t help much on the smaller hose, just that it seems logical that the more highly restricted flex hose would suck less! Again, lots of info on the Thien forums the Bill Pentz.

-- Smitty

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#14 posted 12-15-2010 05:59 AM

Dale, thanks for the update.

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#15 posted 12-15-2010 06:13 AM

You’re Welcome Charles, never know when some little tidbit of our hard-learned lessons (read that as “mistakes”) might help someone else.

-- Smitty

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