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Considering I've been hanging around here almost forever, I figured it was about time I should get my shop tour posted.
My shop is an attached 2-car garage, in which I occasionally want to put a small car on one side. So most of the stationary tools are concentrated on the other side, and along the back wall. I think I have just about maximized what can be done in half of a 2-car garage.
The first picture shows the shop from the back of the main shop bay. Here you can see my Powermatic PM66 table saw, router table, drill press, one of my dust collectors, lathe, some cabinets, and a wood storage rack. Unfortunately, the garage has a concrete filled support piling right in the middle. I decided that since that would limit tool placement around it, I would install my wood storage rack between the support piling and the roll-up door. The PM66 is on wheels and can roll to the left into the empty bay if I need to dimension full-sized sheet goods.
Here's a close-up of the wood storage rack and the router table. If you look closely, you can see my Bessey clamp storage on the back of the wood rack. I designed and built the router table myself. It has drawers for bits and accessories, dust collection top and bottom, and a T-track in the fence for stopped work. There is a Freud FT2000e installed in the table. It is on wheels if I need to move it to run extra long stock through the table saw.
No, this isn't a Delta ad. It looks like the flash didn't go off, but it's really quite bright in this corner of the shop. The drill press is bolted to 4x4s so that it is higher and more stable. The lathe is a Record CL3/48. The drawers under the lathe have all my lathe tools and DP accessories. The cabinet is loaded with heavy things like boxes of nails and bolted to the wall. The dust collector in this corner serves the lathe, DP, router table, sliding compound miter saw, and small outlets along the wall. I installed 5 micron oversized bags from Penn State on the top and plastic bags on the bottom of each DC.
To the right of the lathe is another custom-built cabinet. The 8 drawers hold a lot of random stuff. The cabinet is 28" deep to accommodate the SCMS. The Makita dual-bevel SCMS has a 6' fence with scale and T-track/stop-blocks to the left. Also here is a peg-board filled with hand tools. The set of shutters you see to the right hides a bunch of cubbys that house most of my hand-held power tools. The house's previous owner built the cabinet with the shutter doors. I modified it with cubes to house routers, drills, saws, etc.
Continuing clockwise, you can see my PM66 with fold-down outfeed table and some MDF cabinets underneath to store yet more stuff, including blades, dado set, and table saw accessories. In the background you can see my air compressor under the bench, Robland 12" jointer/planer, and my other dust collector. This DC handles the table saw, jointer/planer, band saw, and other tools on that side of the shop. The two DCs are on an X-10 system with a remote control key-fob, so I can turn either one on or off from anywhere in the shop.
This is a shot from standing to the left of the table saw outfeed table. Here you see a better view of the jointer/planer, as well as both of my band saws. I use the 10" Delta on the floor (left of the jointer/planer) as a benchtop unit for fast scrolling etc., and the Laguna to the right mostly for resawing. In the upper left corner is my Leigh dovetail jig.
Standing in front of the jointer/planer, looking at the "open" side of the shop. Sometimes, I like to get a car in here, like if it's snowing out, so I try to keep it clear. You can see the Laguna, which is situated to allow 8' boards to be run through it. If it needs to handle longer stock, I can wheel it out into the middle of the floor. The table saw can also be wheeled out here if need be. A refrigerator (very important!) is on the far wall, as well as the 30,000 BTU/hr vent-free heater (also important for NJ winters).
Against the wall is a folding table, for which I built a fitted hardboard cover. I use it as an assembly table. The hardboard cover keeps glue and finishes off the table top. It can be folded up and stored against the wall when not in use.
Turning 180 degrees from the last picture, here is a shot of my pegboard with hand tools and some bins containing fasteners. This is my primary workbench, covered in Formica, where I keep my grinder and a bunch of benchtop tools that I store underneath. They include my Ridgid oscilating belt sander, a benchtop mortiser, stock feeder, and portable compound miter saw, all from Delta, and an old Porter-Cable benchtop router table.
Here's the late addition. This shot is from near the garage door on the empty side. The new tool is the Performax 22-44 Pro. I have to find a more permanent spot for it than where it is. From this angle, you can also see my Williams & Hussey moulder sitting just behind and to the right of the jointer/planer. I have to roll this one out when I want to use it.
Hope you enjoyed my shop tour. Thanks for looking.
Originally posted 15 January 2003
wb 16 January 2003