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A Tour of Bob Huddleston's Shop

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My workshop is located in my basement. Originally, it was to be in the 24 x 24 workroom right above, but my wife took over that area for her scrapbooking and upholstery hobbies. Luckily, we have a huge basement with hot water heat in the floor so it was easy to set up shop down there. I only wish I had more natural light.

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The 10" Jet Supersaw was a present from my wife. I am not very happy with the fence, but it works. Behind the saw is my DeWalt DW734 planer. I bought it just before DeWalt came out with their two-speed planer. I think my planer is probably the second most important tool in my shop. My dust collection system runs up and over using 4" PVC. So far, static electricity has not been a problem.

Also pictured is my Rockwell radial arm saw. The entire assembly moves, not just the saw head, and it takes up a lot of room in my workshop.

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This shot looks back at my tablesaw and planer and towards my assembly area. I have a long way to go, as far as storage and work platforms are concerned, but I am pleased with what I have done to this point. I would also love to have many more Bessey clamps. They make my work much easier. On the assembly table is a CD tower I am currently building. It will function as a table leg below the work surface in my upstairs office.

This also shows part of the PVC line for my dust collection. The switch on the support column is my remote for the actual vacuum. A close look also reveals my old Rockwell 6" jointer just behind the planer. It is really old, but does a nice job.

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Visible in this shot is my router table and assembly table. It is an inexpensive Sears router table, but it does the job. One of my winter projects will be to make a much better router table as I find I use it a lot. The table saw that is behind it is a piece of junk. The entire table moves up and down, not the blade.

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This shot looks back towards my drill press and band saw area. I built the air cleaner which sits on the bench to the left from a squirrel cage fan I removed from an old furnace. It uses standard furnace filters to catch the dust. I am considering putting my Jet 1½ HP dust collector under the stairs, which will cause me to jog out the wall. You can also see my temporary plastic wall. I am not certain how I want to finalize my workshop layout, so the plastic keeps the dust contained.

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I have been working on making my shop better and have a couple of updated pictures to share. Along the newly installed left wall, I will have all my bench tools and quick adaptors. New power supplies run along the wall, and now my dust collector and air compressor are behind it, providing a much quieter shop! Eventually I will make upper and lower cabinets for across the wall. In addition, you can see where moving my table saw created a more useful and not as obstructive area.

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This shot shows a view across the shop. My chop saw station will remain against the wall, and I will most likely invest in a sliding miter saw. I will also make uppers and lowers along that wall. The movement of machines and the finalization of the wall placement opened up a lot of space. My custom-built solid maple assembly table, a gift from my wife, is visible in the lower corner. I think she's a keeper, my wife that is…oh, and the table!

Regards, Bob

Posted 25 February 2005, updated 8 January 2007

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