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My name is Brad Johnson and I live in middle Tennessee. I got into woodworking just this past fall and have gone full speed toward building a great shop. At this point, my shop far outperforms my talent. I mostly make shop furniture and boxes. I’m just trying to get my skills improved so I can create something special. I tell my wife that my 10th or 12th box might be pretty cool… but I still have to make 6, 7 and 8.
My shop is 25’ x 30’ and is an add-on to an existing metal building I have on some property in the country. The shop is heated and cooled and I am about to begin a project where we enclose half the barn to expand the shop and have temperature-controlled wood storage. This picture is looking in from the double doors that enter into the barn. There is an additional man-door that enters the shop from covered parking.
This cabinet is only temporary, it will move into the expansion space when it is completed. My Laguna dust collection system works really well. I have two branches off of it that cover the room. I used schedule 40 PVC.
When designed, the space in front of the clamps was going to be for my future lathe. The big chair and grinder have taken over the space. There’s a good chance the lathe goes into the expansion. I purposely haven’t gotten a lathe yet. I think that as soon as I get one I will do nothing but make bowls for a year or more… I’m holding off so I can make myself keep practicing my other wood skills.
I put a lot of thought into my miter station and watched a lot of videos. I wanted to have it up and running to help me make easy, repeatable cuts so it had to be simple because I literally had no skills when I made it. Notice, my first shot at drawers were simple boxes in holes… and I left a lot of space (rookie). The tool holders and wall cabinets are hanging on French cleats. I’m planning on a tool cabinet with doors at the end for my growing collection of hand tools.
This picture is looking in from the man-door. I wanted to create a flow where wood storage was right inside the door. I’ve just started venturing into using some real wood as my shop furniture is all plywood. I plan to put in some storage where all my new wood is stacked. Yes, I have to label all my wood. I’m new at this.
My plan for flow had the planer and jointer next (the drill press found its way into there). The vac system there is made to attach to either tool and the hose stretches 20’ so I can reach everything on that side of the shop.
The sanding station works well and this was my second attempt at drawers. I forgot all about drawer fronts! The TV and couch get a lot of use while glue is drying.
Moving to the middle, I love my table saw and this is my 2nd outfeed/assembly table. The first one wasn’t quite big enough.
On the 2nd outfeed table, I felt like a pro making drawers. Don’t look really close because I had the drawer fronts lined up perfectly but then realized I had to shim out a slide to make the drawer work right.
Band saw and router table finish out the middle section.
I included this picture just to show the overhead routing of the dust collection.