The floor plan

A few steps up from his small garage, the main work space allowed Sam to permanently position his machines in such a way that there's space to move among them without any tool getting in the way of any other. Adding a bathroom created a space to install his dust collector. Digging a 6' crawl space below the shop gave Sam ample room to run ductwork and electrical wiring.

One of the things Sam likes best about his shop is the 312-sq-ft storage loft, which is above the adjacent garage. To reach it. he simply steps onto a sturdy 29"-high countcrtop, which also houses his mitersaw station.

The four sets of windows not only let in plenty of natural light but also afford Sam a clear view of the picturesque bay that borders his hometown. This corner of paradise reminds Samuel Daigle that life is good and the rewards of patience are worth waiting for.

Sam devised a sliding dust collector to make lathe cleanup more efficient. He fashioned a box out of scrapwood and sheet metal, and cut an opening for a flexible 4" pipe, which runs beneath the floor and connects to the cyclone. Attaching rectangular pieces of scrap ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) plastic enables the box to slide side-to-side. A knob locks it in place.

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