Superman has his fortress I have my garage, uhm, Shop of Solitude. It's a basic 18'x20' (interior) two car garage, 'doh, shop with a 16' door and doorway. There's a 12' wide breezeway between it and the house so most noise doesn't make it to the house. We don't have an attic or basement so household storage takes up a lot of space. I took these pictures as I am 3/4 through a reorganization in here. The only "new" stationary tool I have is my table saw. Everything else is used and often traded for. My woodwork is mostly home carpentry and cabinets. I also weld and take care of electronic projects and some computer servicing in here.
My table saw is a Dewalt DW746 hybrid. It has worked very well for me but I have made some mods to it. I boxed and sealed the cabinet with canned foam and silicone then built a plenum at the bottom to direct dust extraction through a 4" line. Fabricated and installed a .120" splitter. Built an extension table with a drop in router plate and a fence from a salvaged Rockler router table I bought on Craigslist. You can see my primary bench directly behind the table saw and two more storage/project benches in the storage rack at the back. The chopsaw is stored under the table saw wing and way in the back you can see the mortise machine on the right bench.
Looking back the other way at the big door and walk through door you can see going around the table saw the dust collector, 15" planer with the Ridgid sander on top, 8" jointer, band saw, drill press. Directly above the table saw I have an upside down "coat tree" that I hang my dust mask, face mask and hearing protection. Having them easily accessible means I use them all the time and can put them back in place just as quickly. The bench is 3'x4' with a welded steel base made from 5" welded angle iron. You can see the lathe on its storage shelf underneath the bench. I slide it out and bolt it to the bench when I need it. The vise is old with no markings, it doesn't have a rear jaw just uses the bench face. I turned a maple handle with purpleheart caps for it.
This is my entertainment shelf with my garage sale TV and stereo, the speakers are in the rafters in carpet boxes I salvaged from my old bronco. I almost always have my MP3 player plugged into it. Tucked in next to the overhead fluorescent lights I have a dozen or so fishing rods in holders safely out of the way. You can see one of the kid's reel hanging down.
This is the wheeled shelves for air/corded/cordless tools and the compressor.
I keep all my hand tools in drawers. These are for woodworking, carpentry, mechanic and electronics. They wheel out easily when I need to get to the shelves behind them. My problem is I have a terrible habit of throwing stuff on top of them. I drive myself nuts doing that.
Here is another view of the stationary tools. Everything except the bench and drill press is on wheels. When I need more space to run long boards I just open up the big door. The dust collector has one of the Rockler super hoses that can snake to any tool. This is the corner I am going to dive into next, grrrr.
The Rockwell band saw (70's) and Buffalo drill press (40's). I cut, molded and blocked up a 4" y fitting to handle dust collection on the band saw because it didn't have any dust collector ports. I am on the lookout for a heavier drill press because I often need to do some light milling. You can see the most often used clamps, hammers and saws hanging on the wall. At the lower left corner is the shop vac and a little wire feed welder at the base of the drill press.
Here are the some of the long clamps and my Specialized road bike.
Is this the shop I really want? Nope, but it's what I have. As far as the space goes I would like to have the whole space for shop use only, 10' ceilings, painted plywood walls/ceilings and more power. That's all for later.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour.