time for my first real shop #1: A Blank Slate...

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Blog entry by glen posted 02-06-2014 05:55 AM 1882 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of time for my first real shop series Part 2: out with the old, in with the new »

Well, life will have me moving cities to a new place with a new job. It’s a great opportunity, and with this opportunity is a new shop. My current shop is a horrifically cluttered 1-car garage that I can’t leave any one tool permanently set up in. The number of times I’ve bent over to pick something up and gotten a clamp in my keester is embarrassing. My table saw is a fold-down portable rigid saw that has served me well but is ready to move on. It is best friends with a bench top 6” jointer with a fence that leans like that tower in Italy that’s on so many pizza boxes, and a DeWalt planer.

The space is shared by two motorcycles and the other stuff that any homeowner needs to keep in their garage. Time to move on.

Our new place has as nice 3 car attached garage that my lovely wife-to-be has stated should be my workshop. We will leave 1 stall for our small car, which will also be shared by our bikes, although a separate car port/shed for the bikes and lawnmower etc. is in the future. I can’t have all 3 spots, but the 20×22 space with lots of light and 2 windows will be a nice change. I’ll have to add a small 36” high wall to separate the car space from the shop space, but this will give me more “wall space” to put stationery tools against. The ceilings are 12ft – I can’t wait to change the lightbulbs or hoist my air cleaner up there.

So far, I’ve measured things out and think I have a good layout to start with. I haven’t sorted where I will store sheet goods, but I don’t usually keep big sheets of ply lying around. They get bought, used, and that’s it. Because the space will still be shared, and it’s attached to the house, dust collection is a priority. I’m thinking a ClearVue cyclone. My table saw will be a Saw Stop – it’s a great saw and my hands are my living, so I feel it’s worth the investment for extra safety. I don’t have a bandsaw yet, but will eventually make up my mind and add one. I will eventually upgrade to an 8” jointer, but will stick with my trusty DeWalt planer for now. It’s a great unit. Everything will get a mobile base.

A wood floor on sleepers will keep my feet warm, and the large gas furnace in the garage will keep the icicles from forming on my nose in our cold Canadian climate. Yup – little by little a small dream is becoming a reality. Tomorrow, I’m meeting with the electrician to talk about a sub-panel and 220v needs.

I’ll try to keep a log of the things I do in case anyone wants to offer an opinion, or learn from my mistakes. Thanks for reading – I look forward to your comments.

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 01:05 PM

Nice step up! Congrats and look forward to seeing what you come up with…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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