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A Tour of George Summers' Shop

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Here is a tour of my shop, built by me. The basic structure started as a garage package deal from a local building supply house (16x24, 1-car garage). It was designed to go on a slab but I have a three foot drop in grade from one corner to the diagonal corner and moving that much dirt was too much. I put it on 15 piers (per code) with a pressure treated floor system (joists and sub-floor). I traded in the overhead door for four additional windows and vinyl siding. I figured that most of my projects had to go into a standard 36" exterior house door so it has to come out of the same.

outside view of shop

Outdoor view of shop. The door is on the west side.

southeast corner of shop

This is the southeast corner of the shop. Most of the shop furniture is a result of dumpster diving.

east wall of shop

The east wall.

northeast corner of shop

This is the northeast corner.

northwest corner of shop

The northwest corner. The plastic cart that the mechanics tool box sits on is a repaired plastic cart from a dumpster.

west wall of shop

This is the west wall.

southwest corner of shop

The southwest corner. The wall bench was a tear out counter from a local remodel (cabinets and counter top). The air cleaner which canít be seen in the rafters is home made from a big blower from an HVAC dealer dump pile. Some of the initial duct work for the dust collector is still in use (Iím slowly changing over to PVC). The original duct work was free; tubing from the inside of carpet rolls which I got from a local installer. It fits 4" fittings perfectly.

router table

The router table was a desk wing that I extended the legs on one side with 2x4ís and added 2x4 legs on the other side. I put the router over the knee area and closed that in for a DC plenum. The three drawers give me storage for bits and tools. The fence is home made and a little unique. The only dimension that is important is the bit to fence. My fence pivots on one end and clamps on the other with a C-clamp (yay; someone else gets it. ed.). There is DC to the back of the fence also.


Homemade bench with storage.

detail of casters

Detail of the bench casters. These are based on the design used by Norm Abram in his assembly table. The flooring is from a guy in northern VA who had some ĺ" whie oak cut-offs and cut-outs. They are from a mill that makes flooring and the cut out pieces have knot holes, stains, checks or rough spots the planer missed. Most were 12-24" long. Hey, itís a shop and the price was 25Ę/sqft. I can fill in the knot holes with putty; stains donít bother me.

table saw

The table saw. The power and dust collection duct are run under the floor. The planer stand (and the stand by the tablesaw) were hospital throwaways (very old metal night stands). The mobile bases for the planer stand, the jointer, and the bandsaw are all home made.


Compressor and home made accessory rack. The bookcase came from a dumpster.

compound miter saw

Compound miter saw recessed in bench. A groove is used for stops.

wood storage

The cut-off storage rack is really a wheeled bakerís rack I saved from a dumpster and put shelves in made of scrap ply and OSB. The rolling cut-off rack for sheet good pieces started life as a throw-away old gurney from the hospital. I removed the top and narrowed the wheelbase and put a floor in.

liquids storage

The freezer, which I use for liquid storage, was on its way to the landfill when I got it and gutted the motor and compressor to make it lighter. The light bulb keeps things from freezing in the winter when Iím not in the shop and the heat isnít on.

Did I mention anywhere that I am cheap? Some nice people say it's frugal.

Regards, George

Posted 29 June 2004

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