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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-17-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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This is more of a thread to document the progress (or lack thereof) on my project (which may never be completed) as opposed to a "here is my finished shop" thread ...

This is what i started with (my own fault for letting it get that way of course)



As I was trying to figure out how to approach it, I came across this site, and I was hooked:

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but my goal was to put as little as possible on the walls because of the cinderblock and because the wife was against it. So I put on 2 cleats, and everything else hangs from those:

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Originally, the idea was to have the bench attached to the wall, and it was very sturdy:

But it just didn't feel right, so I took the bench off and made it into an island:



Along the way, I made some holders for the common stuff I use all the time:




But the coolest thing is that the workbench has cleats too, so I can put stuff there as my project dictates:
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I set up the bench so that it is the same height as the table saw and the craftsman tool chests:



I also set it up so that I can replace 1/2 of the top with another top if I want to.



Now I am working on a 1/2 top to hold the router and have an integrated lift:

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And that is where I am currently.

My father in law is very sick and may be going into hospice soon, so it might be a while before I have any updates.
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Looking nice,Chris! I know how easy it is to get out of control. It happens to Myself. I don't know if I will get Mine done. It happens when You start getting to busy, and in My case it went on for about 6 years! Congrats on what You have accomplished! I like it.

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Chris, it's none of my business but gasoline and other flamable liquids should not be stored in the workshop. For your safety if nothing else. If you have no alternative at least a fireproof cabinet would help.

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Is a 24x48" table large enough for most projects?

John, would it make a difference if it was actually a garage, where more often than not, I am out there to do something other than woodworking?

I understand your concern though, and will put a fire extinguisher out there as a precaution.
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It's a start. I saw a guy burn to death several years ago. He had a small shop and was using a heat gun to dry something and somehow a can of thinner or turp exploded. He never had a chance. Fire is my biggest fear.

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John, I have worried about fire as well.

In addition to woodworking equipment (and dust) I have lawn and garden equip. That means gasoline.

Gas-fired water heater is in garage as well.

Suggestions? Encasing water heater and venting is I guess possible but not likely. Where can I get a fireproof cabinet?

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