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    The Heart of the shop

    For some the heart of the shop is the table saw, for others it is the lathe or the workbench, or maybe the computer or the dog or the easy chair.

    For me it's the workbench, how about you?

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    For my shop it is the workbench. But not the kind that you would probably imagine.
    David

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    The heart and vascular system of my shop is my dust collection system. It ties all of my major components together with life saving metal tentacles. After that, my table saw.
    NOW you tell me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Anderson View Post
    The heart and vascular system of my shop is my dust collection system. It ties all of my major components together with life saving metal tentacles. After that, my table saw.
    Great comment Ole, I would change the table saw to band saw for me, with dust collection as the heart............Rod.

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    Ole makes a good point...the DC touches "everything". From a functional standpoint, I don't have "one" heart of the shop anymore. It depends upon the project. For some things, it's most certainly my slider and J/P as they are doing the majority of the work. But more and more, it's my CNC machine with the other tools playing a more supportive role. My bench(es) are certainly important for every project, but at varying points since I'm not primarily using hand tools for creation. They play a finesse role, however. The "heart" is ever evolving....
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    Workbench for me. That is where I spend the majority of my time. However, I do not focus on efficiency and take more time to complete a lot of tasks than others. It's the journey....
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    For me the bandsaw is where most projects start, and it gets used a lot along the way. My planer and jointer are not in the shop, so when I bring wood in it's already flattened, usually.

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    I'm the heart of my shop, the rest are just tools.

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    Home shop: Bandsaw. Dust collection a high priority.

    Pro shop: Table saw. Dust collection a low or non-priority.

    Erik
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    My mind or my hands.

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    Definitely my principle workbenches.

    "Anything seems possible when you don't know what you're doing."

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    The heart gets what the heart wants...…..so I have to agree with Jamie that my mind/hands lead the way to pieces of equipment that I use on any given day.

    Jim

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    Pro shop: Table saw. Dust collection a low or non-priority.


    Wow. Not my experience- just lucky? I wouldn't call the dust collection system the heart of the shop, but it is the lungs.

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    In my shop it would be the table saw & outfeed / assembly table.
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    Fork lifts.

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