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    Ok Stu, heres my shop

    I started WW about 1971, left it for a while ( sold off the tools ) and then started over in 1980. I built a garage and workshop, and started with a Foley-Belsaw 12" planer/molder, Craftsman 10" ras and a 12" direct drive contractor saw, 6" Rockwell jointer . The Foley-Belsaw still survives from 1980 and is now fitted with 2 sizes of Asian made crown knives . Everything else has been replaced from that era. By 1986 I had moved, built a 2 story shop. Got some commission work and that started the up grades to more professional tools. I now live in a 3 yr old back split, with 20 x 24 attached garage, which has a walk down of 5 steps to the basement.
    Shop machines - Unisaw can rip 9.5 ft, has an Excalibur slider and fence, overarm guard and Merlin splitter, HTC flip up rollers mounted on the back. The 20" planer (has been upgraded to a 1985 Delta- June 2008) and TS share a 6" DC pipe, using a 3 hp Grizzly 4 bag DC mounted 7 ft off the floor , and using a Pentz cyclone as a pre separator. I have 2 lathes, a General 260-1 VS and an older Mini-Max T124 copy lathe. I also have a Vega copier for the General. Sanding machines, a Mini-Max L55 8 ft stroke sander ( doubles as my work bench ) 25" drum sander, 6x99 oscillating belt sander and a POS Ryobi spindle sander. Jointer is a Delta Invicta DJ-20 . Bandsaw is a refurbished Delta 2 hp 2 speed 18" that just replaced my older 14" Delta . Delta drill press, 12" Delta RAS which just relaced the 1980 , 10" Craftsman ras, 12" planer/molder, Asian made 1 hp 1" mortiser, Delta 3 hp shaper and feeder. A 2 yr old, slightly used 4 wheel General feeder has been added to the shaper. The Delta 1/6th hp feeder will be used with the router table . Ceiling is 13 ft. At the rear of the shop, over the basement stairs is a gas forced air furnace. In summer a 8,000 btu window A/C provides cool air.
    Updated the pics as a Laguna 12" scoring saw has been added. I kept the Unisaw, using it as a work table, router table. Since the shop is 20 ft wide, using the unisaw in front of the garage door I can rip longer than 10 ft now with the door up.


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    Last edited by Bryan Cowing; 08-17-2008 at 12:17 PM.
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    Dang it Bryan, now THAT is what I call a play room!!

    You have a nice set up there, looks like you have been working on your shop and tweaking it for sometime, great job!

    I have to ask, do you get much dust in your filter bags?

    I built a Pentz Cyclone, and I get almost NO dust in my filter stack. I would not want to have to empty those filter bags very often

    Nice temp spray booth, I take it there is a fan sucking the fumes away from you behind the blue filters?

    Thanks for posting the tour, there is always something neat to see in other's shops set ups.

    Cheers!
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    Only when I don't empty the garbage can soon enough, chips by pass and go into the bottom bags!

    Yes , there is a fan, actually my homemade down draft sanding table gets put to use. Sometimes I just set up cardboard with a cutout for the exhaust, couple more large sheets of 5'x10' cardboard ( cover sheets to lifts of particle board from Home Depot ) to block off the sides of the garage door opening . I let the garage door rest on the top of the exhaust part of the furnace fan of the sanding table. A lot quicker than the Highland Hardware style booth I made up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Dang it Bryan, now THAT is what I call a play room!!

    I have to ask, do you get much dust in your filter bags?



    Nice temp spray booth, I take it there is a fan sucking the fumes away from you behind the blue filters?



    Cheers!
    hobby woodworking since 1972

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    Hi Bryan,

    Very nice and well-equipped shop. I really like the high ceiling. It gives you plenty of space for a BIG bandsaw.
    Which kind of spray gun do you use? Turbine system or compressor?

    Have a nice day,

    Christian

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    While your shop is bigger than mine, you have it crammed, in a very efficient way with a whole bunch of well-chosen equipment. I'll forgive you for it being so clean as I suspect you vacuumed and swept for the pictures. I'm not sure what the yellow, variable height, table thingy (second picture from left, top row) is. That lovely young lady in your avatar picture must be your daughter. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I'm not sure what the yellow, variable height, table thingy (second picture from left, top row) is. That lovely young lady in your avatar picture must be your daughter. Right?
    Thats the Mini Max 8 ft stroke sander. A cantilever design, as the sanding belt rides on arms over the stationary work. It can be folded up to within 2 ft of the wall!!! Most expensive piece of equipment in the shop. With the electric table, I can match the height of the TS or RAS to use it as support. When cutting up 4x8 sheets, I place the sheet on the stroke table, then swing and push across the TS, with a roller stand behind the outfeed rollers, I can support the 4x8 sheet. I can lower the stroke table to 16" off the floor to a max of 43".

    Lady in the Avatar is SWMBO

    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Aufreiter View Post
    Hi Bryan,
    Very nice and well-equipped shop. I really like the high ceiling. It gives you plenty of space for a BIG bandsaw.
    Which kind of spray gun do you use? Turbine system or compressor?
    Christian
    I started with a Wagner fine coat , plastic gun HVLP turbine, and a couple of asian HVLP guns. The one that works good is the 2 Litre remote pot pressure feed gun.
    hobby woodworking since 1972

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    Very cool shop Bryan, thanks for the tour! It would be great if you could post it on the Bird as well. www.phoenixwood.ca Stu did, he's everywhere.

    The L-55 is sweet, but how you going to open the lid to use it as an edge sander with all that stuff on the cover? I just put one in my shop recently and am looking for owners manuals. No joy so far.

    Also for those of you who have not seen Bryan's work, he's good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Kowaski View Post
    Very cool shop Bryan, thanks for the tour! It would be great if you could post it on the Bird as well. www.phoenixwood.ca Stu did, he's everywhere.

    The L-55 is sweet, but how you going to open the lid to use it as an edge sander with all that stuff on the cover? I just put one in my shop recently and am looking for owners manuals. No joy so far.

    Also for those of you who have not seen Bryan's work, he's good.
    I got the manual, not much in it. I never really read it, so the machine is pretty basic in it's use. Edge sanding is accomplished by folding the table down and clamping the stock to the table. There is a special wood bar and spring bar type pads that is also used. I never use it this way, replacing the 1/2" thick particle board 3 piece top long with a solid 1" top.
    Here are some pics of the 1989 pamphelet I got from the dealer that you may find interesting.
    Thanks for the comments!
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    Last edited by Bryan Cowing; 10-21-2007 at 12:31 PM.
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    nice shop bryan! thanks for sharin`
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    WOW! Now THAT'S a garage...Uh, SHOP!
    I love the way you use your space Bryan. That is one fine play room you have there.

    DT

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