Greetings to those who routinely convert lumber into sawdust.
My first real project: Turning a salvaged restaurant countertop into a cabinet for my benchtop table saw. The countertop (It was leaning up against a dumpster - just begging to be hauled away - so I did!) is 1 1/2 thick MDF/Laminate - the rest of the cabinet is 3/4" Borg ply, biscuited & screwed. 2x4 framework on the bottom, complete with casters for mobility. It's a heavy beast! Pegboard on both ends, Drawers & storage cabinets on either side, also biscuited/screwed 3/4" ply. The face frame is red oak, and the drawer faces from an old A/V cabinet that was surplus to requirements. The OSB cabinet door ended up that way because I just refused to cut into another full sheet of ply for one little cabinet door.
There are more pics of this, plus the fence I built for it, on my Flickr page:
My shop is a "double deep" one car garage bay - that still gets used as a garage - so I do have to share space with the car. Mobility & rolling the car out gains a fair amount of work space.
So far, the table saw keeps company with a miter saw, a band saw, benchtop drill press, 6" jointer, 12" planer, and a router table. I do have a tiny little 1" belt/5" disc sander, a larger belt sander is in the near future, along with serious dust collection - for now, the shop vac has to suffice.
The place is adequately lit - moderately well heated & inadequately cooled. All things that will be addressed slowly over time as budget allows.
I have been lurking & reading for a little while, and in the fairly near future will get a selection of pics up on the "Show us your shop" thread.
Thanks for putting up with my long-windedness.
-Kevin in Indy