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Tour the Smallest Shop in Texas
Iíd like to invite you in for a tour of my shop, but Iím not sure both of us could fit at the same time... My shop is located in a small single car garage, which became all mine after my kids went off on their own. The shop is small, but is connected to an oversized two-car garage where I have space for lumber storage, assembly of larger items, and finishing. Basically, Iíve included pictures of the four corners of my shop. I certainly didnít have to move too much for this.
This shot shows the some of the Wood style benches and my compound miter saw (CMS) installation.
This shot shows the homemade, self-standing dust collection (DC) system and my it-was-old-when-my-father-had-it bandsaw. Also, my attempt at a router table. The router table is made of medium density fiberboard (MDF) trimmed with left over walnut. The off-color plywood panel in the middle is last in a series of attempts at getting good dust collection.
The DC is designed to stand on a base cabinet so that it does not have to be attached or hung from a wall. The base cabinet contains a garbage can to collect the waste, but rather than try and seal the can to the DC I just made the base cabinet airtight. My initial plan was to add the FARR filter to the DC output, but to be honest; I can't ever see anything coming out unless I overfill the can. So the filter project has been put on the back burner. The combination of the DC and Air filter do a pretty good job of keeping the air clean.
The router, CMS, table saw (TS), and jointer are all connected with homemade blast-gates that have low voltage micro-switches controlling a solid state 120V relay. When a blast-gate is opened it automatically turns on the DC. This is a picture of the crude gate used on the TS.
This view shows more of the Wood cabinets and the outlet for the homemade air cleaner. Notice that the air conditionerís intake air is fed through an additional filter to help keep the air conditioner fins from plugging up.
This view shows my free, neighbor-donated, out-feed and assembly table and the intake side of the dust filter. The dust filter blower motor, a used squirrel cage from an old heater, is mounted in the corner.
I needed a place to store my planer, and it is just too heavy for me to keep lifting up and down, so I designed a way to have it fold out of the way as seen in the following pictures. The first picture shows the planer folded down and the bench-top cover down.
Here the bench over the planer has been raised (on hinges of course)
Here the planer is raised up. I had planned on a fancy method of holding the whole thing up and took the lazy out and just used two 2x4s.
It is obvious that the planer canít be used nor can the CMS with the planer as pictured above but, once it is pulled out, as in this picture, both the planer and CMS can be used simultaneously.
Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour.. if youíll step outside you can exhale!
Originally posted 14 November 2001
wb 15 November 2001