Work the plan

The wall adjacent to the stairs leading up to the second level seemed the logical place for his tablesaw and outfeed table, with enough space to rip 8' boards. To the tablesaw outfeed table, Scott added a router table later. He positioned the tablesaw's rip fence to the left of the saw blade, not the right—even though he is right-handed. "It was the way I taught myself when I was growing up," Scott says.

He located bis new stationary planer, which replaced a bench-top planer, beside the tablesaw to take advantage of the infeed/out-feed space. Scott's mitersaw, bandsaw, and second tablesaw fan out clockwise from the main tablesaw/router/planer station.

Scott also tackled a redo for the shop's power system and lighting. He added a subpanel for the shop circuitry—a solution made necessary by positioning the tools on

Building a new garage enabled Scott Beresford to make use of the space that had housed his vehicles (now the lower-level machining area) and more than doubled his workshop space. The upper level, once his only shop, became his assembly room. Scott also added a second dust-collection system; it services the lower level, which generates the most dust. Because the structure is part of his house, simply extending ductwork from the home's central air system allows Scott to heat and cool it.

the lower level. "1 would have had to run wires all the way back, to my main panel, which is all the way on the other side of the house." Scott says. "It just seemed easier and less expensive to add a subpanel. I haven't had problems with any of the machinery using this setup."

Over the concrete floor, Scott added W-thick reversible foam safety flooring bought at a warehouse store. "Working on concrete is terrible!" he asserts. "This is some of the best stuff you can put over it. It's cost-effective and easy to install."

Finishing touches

For climate control, Scott simply had the ductwork from his home's central air-conditioning and heating system extended to the shop. Baseboard heaters supplement the forced-air system. He also replaced the sparsely located fluorescents that lit the garage with full-spectrum fluorescents, as weli as full-spectrum compact fluorescents in incandescent fixtures. "J read about those lights helping with seasonal affective disorder." Scott says. "They made a difference in the light level!" So did painting the walls white.

Dust collection was a priority because no partition divides the assembly area and his shop's dust-making portion. All his tools are serviced by a Fein shop vacuum with a cyclone or a 5-hp cyclone Scott concealed behind one wall. He attached flexible metal ducting to his mitersaw, as wel I as a plastic tank at his router table that collects the churned-up dust. Rare earth magnets hold the tank in place. "Clean is the way I like it," he says,

Scott is more than entitled to have his workshop as clean as he likes. After all, he's determined to play in it, happily ever after.

LEFT: These canister air filters service Scott's Clear Vue 1880 5-hp dust-collection unit in a small closet on the other side of the wall. The main ductwork from the cyclone is 6" snaplock metal pipe, seen in the foreground. Branch runs are 5" snaplock.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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