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Default Shop Tour - My Place for "Sawdust Therapy"

Whether I'm having a good day or bad, my wife's advice to me is always the same - "Go to the shop!" This is where I go to get some serious sawdust therapy. I've really enjoyed seeing your shops, and I thought I'd share mine with you.

The shop is a 24 x 40' outbuilding that was put up by a previous owner as a detached garage. We moved from Texas to Illinois with work, and my wife had us buy the house specifically for the shop! Isn't she great? She said she wanted me to have a dedicated shop building this time so she could park inside out of the snow and ice in the wintertime (o.k., it wasn't all selfless on her part, but I'll take it). In Texas, I had the whole 2-1/2 car garage on the house as my shop. The layout and tools are shown in the pics below:

My projects start with lumber or sheet goods from the shop made rack. Most of my projects are of Oak, Ash, or Maple with interior frames of solid wood, plywood, or MDF and drawers of Poplar or Pine. I recently picked up a nice selection of air-dried Walnut and Curly Lyptus, and I'm starting to get some Cherry as well. I'd better get busier. The rack's getting full!

The machining area includes a Delta Miter Saw, Powermatic Jointer, Delta Planer/Thicknesser and Jet Dust Collector. The table saw is a Dewalt Hybrid with large outfeed table based on the New Yankee Workshops "Rolling Shop Table" Design. Behind the outfeed table and along the wall is my Grizzly Drill Press. My router table has a shop made cabinet, Woodpecker Fence and Top, Woodpecker Lift, PC 7518 Motor, Rockler Safety Switch, and dedicated vac with bit and jig storage drawers. Then there is the Jet Bandsaw with riser block, Delta Mortiser, Dewalt Scroll Saw, and Ridgid Oscillating Spindle/Belt Sander.

The bench area has a 24" x 72" shop made primary bench with a 3" thick hard maple top. To the right are my hand tools, small power tools, Festool Vac, and counter with battery chargers and Tormek sharpening station. I am starting to love the Festool Tools! To the left is a secondary bench that I use for finishing and assembly. Behind the benches is my clamp rack. Youi can never have enough clamps, right? I really like the second generation Besseys.

Well, that's a quick tour of my special place. Let me know if you have any questions or you'd like any additional information. I really hope you've enjoyed seeing my shop as much as I've enjoyed seeing yours!
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Nice shop Russ. I wish I had that much room to move around in mine... too much stuff. It scares me that your shop and mine are about the same size.

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I dream of having a workshop like yours. Perhaps one day !!

Many thanks for sharing friend
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Very Nice!
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Hi, Russ ~ I am in the planning stages of a detached workshop, similar to yours but perhaps smaller ... 24 x 24 ft. Tell us about how you heat and cool your shop. How much insulation do you have in the walls and ceiling?

Because I would be building from scratch, I am thinking of going with 2-6's for the walls to allow more insulation and perhaps use foam board on the inside walls and cover with OSB for extra insulation. Also, after reviewing comments from other members, I think that I would go with a double door for the entrance rather than the conventional overhead garage door. I don't plan to park vehicles in the garage, but someone suggested to build an extra strong header over the double door so that it could be converted into a garage door for a future owner.

I am assuming that your shop has at least a 100 amp circuit box. Keep up the saw dust therapy. I liked that comment.

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Nice, where is the hot tub, flat screen and refrigerator?

Seriously, I have the same bandsaw as yours and what I assume are the same defects of a guide height adjuster that likes to rotate enough to be irritating - when tightened, no tire brush, a band tensioner that will snap a wrist and a on/off switch that is misplaced when the 6" extension block is installed. I redesigned these aspects so they can be corrected for about $10.00 total. If you are anyone else owning a Jet unit wants this info I will take pictures and do a paragraph or two on the corrections.

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I have a JET 14" bandsaw and would like to add a riser block to it. I would be interested in the corrections you have made to yours.

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That is a very nice shop. Only two things missing. Where are the sawdust and shavings?

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Hi, Russ ~ I am in the planning stages of a detached workshop, similar to yours but perhaps smaller ... 24 x 24 ft. Tell us about how you heat and cool your shop. How much insulation do you have in the walls and ceiling?

Because I would be building from scratch, I am thinking of going with 2-6's for the walls to allow more insulation and perhaps use foam board on the inside walls and cover with OSB for extra insulation. Also, after reviewing comments from other members, I think that I would go with a double door for the entrance rather than the conventional overhead garage door. I don't plan to park vehicles in the garage, but someone suggested to build an extra strong header over the double door so that it could be converted into a garage door for a future owner.

I am assuming that your shop has at least a 100 amp circuit box. Keep up the saw dust therapy. I liked that comment.
Definitely go with 2x6 wall studs if starting from scratch. A lot sturdier, and more room for extra insulation. You might want to consider drywall for the inside of your walls and ceiling for fire safety. An extra strong header over the door opening could also serve as a place to attach a hoist track for lifting heavy items out of a pickup or delivery vehicle. I would also suggest that you go with a 200 amp service, and install some 220 volt circuits for the heavier equipment. You won't regret it.

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Nice shop Russ. I wish I had that much room to move around in mine... too much stuff. It scares me that your shop and mine are about the same size.
Nah, it just means I need some more tools, right Mike?
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