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New Shop. in Fulton NY just North of Syracuse:
My shop is 56’ X 60’ half of it is storage area with my spray booth.
My Machines are mostly Grizzly, I have been buying from them since they opened their doors.
They include: 10” cabinet saw, Radial drill press, Stationary spindle sander, 8” parallelogram Jointer/Byrd insert head,
15” Planer/Byrd insert head, 3 hp Shaper/4 roll power feeder, 6” X 80” stationary Edge sander, double spindle inflatable
spindle sander, a King Canada 6” X 48” stationary belt & 9” disc combo sander, King Canada bench top drill press,
Hitachi 12” electronic Sliding miter saw, DeWalt 9” Radial arm saw, Evolution steel cutting carbide tipped slide miter saw, Arc Welder, Mig welder, Gas torches, Grizzly heavy duty wood lathe, 1 X 42” combo belt disc sander, 2” wide combo belt/6”grinder, 24” X 48” shop made downdraft sanding table, 2 shop made benches 1 5” thick X 32” X 84” with twin screw end Vise, Leg vise coming & 1 2” thick top X 30” X 84” assembly bench, Grizzly 13” planer molder (used as a molder), 10” Ryobi Table saw, Grizzly 17” Band saw, Smaller Band saw on it’s way,
Shop made PantoRouter, Shop made Tilting router lift, shop made Screw advance box joint jig.

Hand held Power tools: Routers; 1- 3hp Plunge Freud, 2- 2 1/4hp combo plunge/fixed base Hitachi, 1- 3 hp Plunge Hitachi, 1- 2 1/4hp combo plunge/fixed base Makita, 1- Porter Cable Laminate trimmer
Makita; 7 1/4” Hypoid-drive Circular saw, 1/2”corded drill, 2- 4 X 24” Belt Sanders
Milwaukee; Sawzall, Rt-angle D handle 1/2” drill,
Porter Cable; 6 1/4” circular saw, Screw gun,
Senco; Dura-spin driver
Evolution; Steel cutting Circular saw
Kreg Jig, Taper jig, Clamp holding glue up station on casters, clamp rack on casters,

Air Tools:
Senco; SN IV framer, SFN 2 2 1/2” finish, Senclamp Gun (best gun ever), 18 g trim gun, 1/4” crown stapler,
2- 7/16 crown 2” stapler, Corrugated fastener gun
Dynabrade DA sander, 3/8 X 13 belt file, 1/3 sheet finish sander, Sata HVLP spray gun, CP HVLP stain gun

Cordless 18 V Li/ion:Makita; 2-Var-Speed hammer/drill/driver, 2-imp. drivers, 1-Recp,saw, 1- flashlight,
Hitachi; 1- imp. driver.

Anyone interested is welcome to stop by and visit!!
55 W 1st St S
Fulton NY 13069

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 12:07 AM

That’s a very nice shop. Welcome to the forum

-- John from Hampstead

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 02:05 PM

Thanks John, After more than 35 years and now retired, I have the nicest and largest shop I have ever had.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 02:15 PM

That is sweet. Where’s the fridge ? Nothing’s worse than playing with power tools while sober !

-- What day is it ? No matter. Ummmm What month is it ? No moron. I paid for a 2 x 6. That means Two inches by six inches. I want the rest of my wood.

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 12:00 AM

great shop and nice equipment.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 02:06 AM

Wow – I have never seen a miter saw set-up quite that impressive. Nice shop.

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 03:07 PM

Thanks to all of you for your kind words.
Dan, I use my miter saw for most of my sizing to length as well as my mitering. There seems to be a lot of debate
about the accuracy of a miter saw. I believe with the right set up and a “sharp blade” the miter saw can be very accurate. I have 12’ to the left and about 9’ to the right for my miter station. I am debating on if I should include my
Radial arm saw into that station as well?
I am in Canada at this time healing after reconstruction surgery of my hand after a table saw accident (35 years as a professional furniture maker with no accidents). I retired about 6 years ago, and now do something stupid.
I only mentioned that because my shop has changed much since the pictures, I will update my shop pictures when I return in another couple weeks.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#7 posted 09-12-2013 04:55 AM

This shop looks like it is meant for all business. Well stocked with all the necessities. I can’t do furniture but I can see where it comes from. Nice shop….................

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 09-28-2013 01:42 AM

I have been busy rearranging my shop and building some new tools and jigs.
1st I have a down draft sanding table that I finished that works really well.

It has a large squirrel cage fan and 2 layers of filters to catch the dust. It draws air so well I can use it as a whole shop air filter.

Next I have a new bench with a 5” thick hard maple top and the cabinet type base is American Chestnut, reclaimed from an old Tannery (Chestnut cut over 100 years ago) Eventually the main work side will have many drawers under-neath the top and a side vise at the left end. I built a twin screw chain drive end vise. It is built with hard maple and Teak. I used items from the hardware store and Tractor supply, and saved about $150.00 dollars on that build.

I also came up with what I think is a real cool way to make bench dogs.

All it takes is a piece of 3/4” solid aluminum round stock. I cut them to about 4” lengths, then on the band saw
notched out the top 3/4” half way thew the round stock. It is much more durable than wood and won’t hurt
cutting edges if hit. It is also costs way less than the commercial ones available (I paid about $12.00 for 3’ of aluminum versus about $28.00 for a set of ready made).

The last thing for tonight is a new shooting board and Plane. Lets start with the Plane.

I started with a #5 Plane that I liked but did not use because I had another #5 I liked better. I took off the Tote
and designed and built a new angled Tote. I made it out of Bloodwood and Hard Maple.
Next was the shooting-board itself. I made it with a Baltic Birch base with a Walnut angled bed,
and the bed for the plane and fence out of Teak.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#9 posted 10-21-2014 11:15 PM

I think I have my shop set up the way I want it now. I have moved most of the machines at least twice.
First I moved the tablesaw, only a couple feet both directions.

Then I rebuilt my extension table on the right side with 1/2” aluminum plate and a piece of plastic laminate I had left over from somewhere.

I also added a router table at the far right end of the saw.

I used a piece of 1/4” aluminum plate for the router plate. I had to cut it into the 1/2” aluminum extension top.
I also used the lift system from the woodgears website. I used a few scrap pieces of 8020 Extrusions for the fence and set in an dust port that I hook up to my collector when I use it.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#10 posted 10-26-2014 08:36 PM

Fantastic space, I can only dream OD having a shop so big.

Lots of interesting pictures too, thanks for posting.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#11 posted 10-27-2014 08:02 PM

Thank you David, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. My shop is almost complete I have quite a few pictures to post to bring it up to the present. I never expected to have such a big shop and you are only seeing 1/2 of it. The other side is lumber and plywood storage as well as my welding and sand blasting area, and also my spray booth.
I was working on a new exhaust fan today, should finish it up tomorrow.
My wife and I purchased a large warehouse that we are developing. It will house when done 4 apartments 1 that we will live in. My wife will run A Gluten free Bakery out of part of it, I have my huge shop space, and we also have room for about 20 vehicles parking inside.
Sometimes it is a little overwhelming.

I still plan on adding a 38” Dual drum sander and a small CNC router.

Thanks for your interest and have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#12 posted 10-27-2014 08:30 PM

My new Miter saw station consists of the Digital Hitachi 12” sliding saw. About 9’ of counter support to the right and about 10’ to the left. All of that area has 3” high t-slot extrusion, and about 4 sliding stops.

I also built my Kreg jig into this area.

As you can see the Kreg is mounted on a piece of 8020 extrusion between 2 pieces of sacrificial material. It is then bolted down on the front edge of the counter. I then cut out an 8” section of aluminum extrusion and mounted a pneumatic cylinder connected to a foot switch. when i step on the foot switch it clamps the material in place, making it possible to really zip along.


I also have quite a bit of storage behind the fence.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#13 posted 10-27-2014 10:45 PM

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#14 posted 11-19-2014 08:55 PM

Well, like others have said… I’m also envious of all the room you have. Nice shop!

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#15 posted 11-23-2014 11:15 PM

Thanks Joe, I know I am a blessed man

Have a good night, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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