I’ll repost when the SHOP tab comes into being, but I love workshop threads, so I’ll post here as well!
My shop is a converted 2-car garage about 425sq ft. It’s maybe 70% woodshop, 25% metal shop, and 5% garage (the washer and dryer are still in there, for now). I pulled a 150A sub panel to it, allowing me to add at least a few 240v plugs for the compressor, the welders, the DC and the powder coat oven. Most of my tools are 110v, but they seem to get it done ok.
I also installed a shop-wide overhead compressed airline using the blue RapidAir system, which I love. I’ve got about 6 drops throughout the shop, including one that’s mounted into a pneumatic tools table. I use it on both sides of the shop, and can’t imagine being without it at this point.
I’ve got an OneidaSupercell dust collector, piped overhead with 4” S&D pipe and GRIT automation blast gates and tool triggers. I just can’t say enough about this combination. I’ve done write ups here about it, so I won’t go on too much right here, but it’s a game changer for me. I’ve also got two ceiling mounted WEN air cleaners tied into the system.
One the metal side, I’ve got a nested cutting/welding table that I built that pushes back against the cabinets…when fully extended it gives me 6 feet of depth (48” supported) and 4 feet of width. Not bad for a small shop! When it collapses back down, it just effectively covers the cabinet top area 4’ wide. I’ve got a small MIG rig, a TIG rig and a small plasma cutter. I’ve also got a 2x72” grinder that newly lives over there, as well as a slow speed miter saw just for metal and a mobile horizontal bandsaw. Additionally, I’ve got a mini mill (under the brown cover on the tool cart) and a mini lathe (benchtop, under the black cover), and a compact media blasting cabinet/powder coating station.
On the wood side, I have my Father In Laws Father’s bench (so my wife’s grandfather). It was one of the first things my FIL gave me after I married his daughter. It’s not a great woodworking bench, more of a garage workbench, but I’ve built it up and made it work. I mean, how do you get rid of that??? I also built several rolling tables and assembled them into a horseshoe, giving me a workbench and a couple of assembly tables that are all coplaner, which is a super nice thing to have! I won’t cover all the tools here, but the highlights are my FIL’s old 16” Walker Turner band saw, which is just a beast and I love it. His old 113 table saw, which I built a surround around, added a router table and lift to, as well as an Incra TS system. My Rikon 70-220vs lathe and sharpening system. My hand tool wall, which is built on a French cleat wall, and has become a center point for the shop. I’m a hybrid woodworker for sure, but I do find a definite joy in using hand tools, especially vintage ones, and especially as I get older and like noise less! I love to imagine the old tool’s story from before they came to me. I’ve also got another smaller (10”) band saw, a drill press, scroll saw and some other assorted benchtop tools, as well as a DeWalt miter saw on a dolly. Not bad for about 425sq ft!
That’s enough for now, so I’ll just put up the pics. More when Martin turns on the SHOP tab…
Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".