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!