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    Those proud of their workshops, please post pics!

    I'll finally be non-nomadic, and I'd like to finally build up a workshop.
    Before I get started, I'd love to get ideas.

    I'd love to see how you do things, and how you do things differently with all the disciplines here: tuners, neanders, power tool users, festoolies, etc.

    For those of you who are proud of your workshops, can you share pictures of your workshop?
    Also, can you write up a little blurb behind why you decided what you did, and what(if any) you'd change.

    -Matt

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    Here is a link to a tour of my shop I did in 2010. It was all cleaned up then and I have only made a few additions since then.
    https://get.google.com/albumarchive/...ocd6Nb0kZHUiIY

    I hope the link still works.
    Larry J Browning
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    Here's my shop. I wouldn't say I'm "proud" of it but it serves me well with the space I have to work with. My shop is a 2.5 car garage, things are laid out in a way that I can still fit 1 car in it when I'm not working on a project. TS, jointer and planer are all on one side. All machines facing the same direction to allow cutting and milling 8' long material. Miter saw station on the other side against the wall and everything else is pushed back towards the front wall. I'm sure others can do much more with the space that I have but I like to have open space when working so I tend to spread my tools apart.

    I'm currently building a new house with a 1600 sq. ft. basement and the wife has agreed to not touch that space and let me have it as my dedicated work shop. I'm still planning out the space with many design changes in the works.

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    Here's a YouTube video tour of my 2 car garage shop. I have downsized a couple of machines and added a CNC router. Not much else has changed.

    Bruce's Woodshop Tour (or how to put 10 pounds of stuff in a 5 pound bag)
    Please help support the Creek.

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    Not as much "proud" of my shop as extremely grateful for it. My shop is mostly too messy to photograph at the moment but I have a few photos, posted here in the past.

    I made areas for office, turning, flat wood, wood storage, electronics, microscopes, welding and metal working, machining, and farm and vehicle maintenance. Big doors. Big air compressor with plumbed air lines. Big cyclone for dust collection. Big copper underground for power.

    Turning.
    I use the shop a lot for woodturning. Lathe lighting is extremely important to me. I turn more small things than large so I like the lathes up against the walls for instant access to things. I often have people come to learn.

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    Little machine shop.
    Hate to be without it.

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    I recommend building your shop next to your llamas. What, you don't have llamas? You can fix that.

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    My shop is multi-purpose, designed and built myself from the dirt up. I tell people I built it with my bare hands but I lie, I used tools.

    My advice: plan, plan, plan, plan. I planned for over a year and drew dozens of drawings, revised and revised. Before I dug the footers I had the spaces planned and the tentative wiring, air lines, lighting, dust collector ducts, and HVAC layouts. I revised the electrical diagrams at least 6 times. I made models to fit the major tools, walking space, windows, doorways. Make it bigger than you think you will need. Run more power to it than you think you will need. Don't forget a sink and an ethernet line.

    JKJ

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    Thanks guys!

    I have to work on some kids now. I'll be back after taking care of them.

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    Hello Larry,
    I am new to woodworking and just in the begning phases of trying to set my shop up. I am looking to buy a table saw and planer soon. I have been looking at several different saws and having trouble making decisions. I see you have the Grizzly 1023SL. I was considering getting that saw to get into a cabinet saw at a cheaper price point. However, I have heard mixed reviews good and bad on Grizzly table saws. I have been debating on the Grizzly, trying to find a used unisaw or powermatic, or was considering a new Ridgid contractor saw that is cast iron. I was leaning towards the Ridgid as an entry level saw and I only have about a 1.5 car garage for an entire shop.
    Thanks for your input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Mazzino View Post
    Hello Larry,
    I am new to woodworking and just in the begning phases of trying to set my shop up. I am looking to buy a table saw and planer soon. I have been looking at several different saws and having trouble making decisions. I see you have the Grizzly 1023SL. I was considering getting that saw to get into a cabinet saw at a cheaper price point. However, I have heard mixed reviews good and bad on Grizzly table saws. I have been debating on the Grizzly, trying to find a used unisaw or powermatic, or was considering a new Ridgid contractor saw that is cast iron. I was leaning towards the Ridgid as an entry level saw and I only have about a 1.5 car garage for an entire shop.
    Thanks for your input!
    I have the G1023RLX. I've had it for a number of years. It compares favorably with the Unisaw. If I were to buy a new saw today I would not hesitate to buy the same one.
    Bracken's Pond Woodworks

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    Amazing workshop by the way!

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    thanks Larry love the shop and to me it seems "spare' as in roomy less is more, it is inspiring me to be more ruthless in my " throwing out" as i trans form my barn. also love the tagline

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    My humble corner of the garage.

    It all started with a wedding to plan and make stuff for and a coworker who wanted to clear out some unused wood tools. For $80 I got a Wen scroll saw (looked like it was used once), circular saw, belt/disk sander, orbital sander and a few assorted hand tools. Then I remembered my dad has a table saw and a router collecting dust somewhere in the garage. Here we are over a year later with a limited budget and limited space in the corner of the garage. It's not much compared to the workshop you folks have, but I'm proud of what I can do with so little space and tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Lau View Post
    I'll finally be non-nomadic, and I'd like to finally build up a workshop.
    Before I get started, I'd love to get ideas.

    I'd love to see how you do things, and how you do things differently with all the disciplines here: tuners, neanders, power tool users, festoolies, etc.

    For those of you who are proud of your workshops, can you share pictures of your workshop?
    Also, can you write up a little blurb behind why you decided what you did, and what(if any) you'd change.

    -Matt
    It's always interesting to see other peoples shops. It would be most helpful if we had a separate area where shop tours could be kept. Any chance of that happening, moderators?

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    My virtual shop. We were supposed to break ground last month. I have a few more permitting problems to resolve. Hopefully we will be breaking ground around Oct 1st,... The steel and plastic for the slab are already onsite.

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    Mark McFarlane

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    A sticky would be great!

    I'm still putting together mine.
    I'll have two parts-- one is my bedroom, an incognito shop (yes, I'm single. )
    The other is the power tool shop--a garage on a rental with some power tools.

    The incognito shop will be pretty interesting, as it's designed to be inobtrusive but capable.
    I just bought some door racks from the container store to hold my titebond, hide glue, japanese saws, screwdriver, etc.

    Since I build guitars mainly, I don't need a roubo or a super huge table saw.
    However, a fully equipped shop would be awesome.

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    Good evening everyone. Here are some recent pictures of my shop. I built it in 2006. If I was to do anything different it would be larger. It is currently 840 sq. ft.
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