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With careful calculations, melamine-coated particleboard, pine, two types of pfywood, and some patience, Leland built these racks to attach the tools he uses most often onto his wall units. "I find hanging them makes them so much more accessible than storing them in drawers," he says. "I can reach up, grab a tool, and off we go."

Plastic laminate

Leiand's workbench is one of just a few stationary objects in his shop. He constructed the top using two layers of plywood laminated face-to-face and

% x 3Vs" carriage bolts covered with plastic laminate. The 1%"-thick work surface is banded with solid stock. The base consists of 2x4s and 2x6s bolted and screwed together for rock-solid construction.

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To fashion his hand-tool holders, Leland laid each tool on wood, carefully traced around the perimeter, and cut out a left-hand and right-hand side for each tool. The slightest amount of space keeps them snug.

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One tool here and one tool there, and before he knew it, this woodworker needed a workshop! Instead of adding on, Jeff Tobert upgraded his unusually shaped garage, little by little.

For Jeff Tobert, it started with a workbench, and "messing around" doing woodworking alongside his father, Gerry, in his mini shop.

"Our family was staying with my dad while our home was being built in Spruce Grove, Alberta, west of Edmonton," says Jeff. "We wound up being there for six months, and 1 found myself working with my dad in his shop. I had always liked doing things with my hands, and 1 thought it would be great to have a workbench, so Dad and I made one." He and his father also made some furniture pieces at his dad's place.

After Jeff and Leanne, his wife, moved into their bungalowstyle home, its angled two-car garage became home to Jeff's workbench. That might have been the end of it. "But the bench worked out so well," Jeff recalls.

"So I thought it sure would be nice to have a tablesaw ..."

Before long, Jeff added a router, and that needed a router table, so he built one. He added a drill press, jointer, handsaw, and before you know it, he started thinking about his workflow. The shop was well on its way. "I started to plan stuff out," he says. "That's when I got the idea to really set up a workshop, and there was no turning back."

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This well-planned corner combines homes for Jeff's mobile tablesaw/router cabinet, his mitersaw table, and storage for wood and other materials- Jeff designed the tablesaw/router cabinet to store underneath the mitersaw table, maximizing the use of space. Jeff's dust-collection cyclone, which he added recently, is located high and out of the way. The loft provides additional storage without eating up valuable floor space.

The vehicles were parked at an angle, so Jeff would be working with an irregular area. "I needed to decide where I'd have the most room to cut sheets, and that was along the longest axis," he says. "Ripping doesn't lake that much room, but crosscutting is a pain in the butt. So I projected out from the wall how much room I'd need, and that was where I put my tablesaw." A knockdown work table Jeff designed and built helped too. (See page 114.)

Wanted: versatility

Along the long wall. Jeff positioned his drill press, mitersaw table, and a workbench in what he calls a hobby corner. He mounted most of his tools on mobile bases so he could store them out of the way, either against the wall or, in the case of the tablesaw/router cabinet, underneath the mitersaw table.

"My jointer and planer are on wheels," Jeff says. "My bandsaw is also on wheels, even though it stays where it is.

"1 need tools, carts, and workbenches (hat give maximum function but store easily and eat up a small amount of storage space," Jeff explains. "That's why I put a router table in combination with my tablesaw. I used to have independent router tables with open bottoms, but I found them noisy, and a lot of chips escaped out the bottom." The obvious solution was to enclose the router in a cabinet.

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Adding utilities

The garage was already heated, so Jeff didn't have to deal with that issue. But he did have to consider electricity—there were only basic receptacles installed in (he ceiling along with three other outlets.

A neighbor who is an electrician installed a 50-amp breaker subpanel. It's wired for 220 volts and includes several 20-amp circuits. Cables feed through existing conduit and a wall into the main panel.

For a few years, Jeff's shop lacked dust collection. "One Christmas, though, I got a present of a portable dust collector that connects to my various tools. But it was just too time-consuming to hook up, unhook, hook up, and unhook," Jeff says. So he installed a central ductwork system and invested in a 3-hp remote-controlled cyclone dust collector.

Jeff upgraded other tools as he went—a process he says he

When Jeff remodeled his mitersaw table, he placed the saw on top of it and built boxes the height of the saw bed. That gives him a stable, level surface for miter-cutting long stock, and allows easy access to the saw if he wants to transport it.

wouldn't have repeated. "I went from a 6" jointer to an 8" jointer," he says. "I should have waited and just got the 8" model to start with. I also started with a benchlop drill press and replaced it with a floor model. The right thing to do was go for the floor model. It's belter to plan right the first time."

Jeff will have a chance to put into effect what he learned: He's designing and equipping a new workshop for himself and his dad at his father's acreage. "This shop won't be as innovative or as clever as my first one, and it won't have the challenges," Jeff acknowledges. "But going through the shop-design process already will help me do this one exactly right."

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