Idea Shop 5
The challenge: Create a one-car-garage shop equipped with loads of tools and lots of smart storage at an affordable price.
When we designed the shop you see here, we wanted to create a full-featured shop in a compact space. We started with a third stall of a 3-car garage, a feature found in many newer homes. You may not have this type of garage at your house. That's okay. Wherever you place your shop, we know you'll find a whole world of great ideas in this one that you can easily put to use.
|C||Drill press||3||Wall cabinet|
|E||Oscillating sander||5||Clamp rack|
|H||Floor sweep||8||Lamp holder|
|I||Lumber rack||9||Mitersaw station|
|J||Mitersaw||10||Flip-top work center|
|L||Dust collection duct||12||Mobile base|
|N||Air filter on ceiling|
Rearranging the wall components is just about effortless. We changed from the original configuration in the first page of this story to this one in less than 20 minutes.
We walled off one 15x22' bay from the rest of the garage to create shop space, and then covered the drywall with a more durable, attractive surface: beadboard pine plywood.
As shown in the photo, you may have noticed that all of our shop fixtures share a similar look. Sure, that consistency makes for a great appearance, but the real reason for their resemblance lies in our goal to make them as easy and affordable as possible to build. The workbench bases, flip-top cabinets, and router-table base, for example are essentially identical in construction. Master building one, and you quickly can create them all. The same holds true for the wall cabinets-three sizes, one basic design.
We built almost everything from three materials: medium-density fiberboard (MDF), medium-density overlay (MDO) plywood, and soft maple. you'll find these durable, inexpensive, materials in home centers. Add simple hardware and an easy-to-renew clear finish, and you get a high function on a low budget.
Curious about which tools we chose for our latest shop, and why we selected them? Here's the inside scoop.
Put a dozen woodworkers in a room and, before long, they'll start talking about tools. Then, look out. The discussion can get pretty heated. Let's face it: We all have different preferences when it comes to price, features, and brand loyalty, not to mention the way the same tool feels in different people's hands.
That's why choosing the tools and accessories for Idea Shop 5 proved a challenge for the editors of WOOD® magazine. When the smoke cleared, though, we settled on an array of products that have proved themselves in our extensive tool tests through the years, and, in some cases, are innovative.
Of course, budget and space are always key concerns when outfitting any woodworking shop, and we kept a close eye on both. Wherever we could economize without significantly impacting performance, we opted for a benchtop tool instead of a stationary model.
That's not to say we didn't indulge ourselves occasionally. For example, Idea Shop 5 utilizes a cyclone dust collector, beefy ductwork, and blast gates that open and close automatically when you fire up a power tool. We believe dust collection is one key area in your shop where you shouldn't scrimp.
So, these are the power tools, hand tools, and accessories we chose. We've organized them into four categories, followed by a listing of phone numbers and Web sites for each supplier.
STATIONARY AND BENCHTOP MACHINERY
14" bandsaw Laguna LT14
2x42" belt/8" disc sander Craftsman 21528
Benchtop oscillating drill press Shop Fox W1668
Compound mitersaw DeWalt DW703
Cyclone dust collector Penn State #TEMPESTCC
Drum sander Performax 16-32 Plus
6" grinder Grizzly H4378 with G7120 stand
6" jointer Grizzly G1182HW
Lathe Jet JWL-1442
Mortiser Jet JBM-5
Oscillating edge belt/spindle sander Ridgid EB4424
13" planer Ridgid TP-1300
Tablesaw Delta 36-480
PORTABLE POWER TOOLS
26-gallon air compressor Campbell-Hausfeld WL6111
3x21" belt sander Craftsman 26819
Biscuit joiner Porter-Cable 557
2" brad nailer DeWalt D51238K
Corded drill DeWalt D21008K
Cordless drill (14.4 volt) Makita 6337DWDE
Detail sander Fein Multimaster MSXE 636-2
Jigsaw Freud FJ85
Random-orbit sander Porter-Cable Quicksand 333VS
Bosch 1619EVS plunge router,
Makita RF1101 multi-base router kit,
Porter-Cable 8529 plunge router with router-table kit 75301
Vacuums Craftsman 17923 16-gallon wet/dry vac, Fein 9-55-13 9-gallon tool-triggered vac
Bessey 8", 16", and 24" bar clamps
Quick-Grip 12", 18", and 24" Quick Change bar clamps; 6", 12" mini bar clamps; spring clamps
Jorgensen 24"and 48" bar clamps, 48" Deep-reach bar clamps (Adjustable Clamp Company)
MLCS 22-piece Forstner bit set #1707, 25-piece brad-point bit set #9154, 22-piece tapered bit set #9156, and 17-piece spade bit set #9500
Woodcraft Vix self-centering drill bits 16I41, 16I42, 16I43
Miter gauge Incra Miter3000
Shop Fox D2260 (jointer),
HTC style J (bandsaw)
Rapid-action vise Wilton 78A
Freud 15-piece router bit set 90-100
CMT 15-piece router bit set 800.001.11
MLCS 15-piece router bit set #8377
Oldham 1-4", 3-8", and 1-2" round-over bits, 45° chamfer bit, and rabbeting bit set MR14
Woodline USA 15-piece router bit set WL-2022
Router-table fence Freud SH-5 adjustable fence system
Router-table insert plate Rousseau RM3509 deluxe router baseplate
Router-table switch Rousseau RM3506 switch with crash bar
Safety equipment MSA Safety Works
Mirka Gold 5" hook-and-loop discs;
Supergrit belts, discs, and sheets (Red Hill Corp.)
CMT ITK rip blade 250.024.10 and crosscut blade 205.060.10
Forrest Woodworker II combination blade WW10407
Freud combination blade LU84RO11, crosscut blade LU85RO10, and 8" dado set SD508
Oldham combination blade 100W40 and mitersaw blade 100W80
HAND TOOLS AND MISCELLANEOUS
Woodcraft Caliper & divider set, no. 141597; center finder, no. 01M24; circle cutter, no. 15N31; cornering tool set, no. 03L51; dead-blow hammer, no. 15F17; doweling jig, no. 811564; Record No. 09-1/2 block plane, no. 02B20; Record No. 060-1/2 low-angle block plane, no. 01B11; Record spokeshave, no. 01H10; 22" hand saw, no. 17Z05; coping saw, no. 141403; crosscut razorsaw, no. 02P62; small Ryoba saw, no. 06Q11; straight backsaw, no. 17Z01; scrapers, no. 02Z10; scratch awl, no. 03H22; sliding bevel square, marking gauge, and square, no. 14C50; steel rules 6" and 12", nos. 129207 and 129208
Titebond and Titebond II (Franklin International)
Gorilla Glue polyurethane
Automated blast gates
Complete Startup Set
Dust-collection duct Penn State spiral duct
Fluorescent lighting Lithonia Lighting
Garage-floor coating EPOXYShield
Gas-fired heater Reznor model V3 UDAS
Lumber rack storage system Woodcraft part no. 131189
Wood paneling Georgia-Pacific Ply-Bead
Adjustable Clamp Company
Visit your Sears store, www.sears.com/craftsman
Forrest Manufacturing 800/733-7111, stores.yahoo.com/forrestman
Incra 972/242-9975, www.incra.com
MSA Safety Works
Penn State Industries
Red Hill Corp.
With Idea Shop 5, we've shown you how to create a wide variety of versatile shop fixtures using just a few modular, easy-to-build components. We know, of course, that you'll take the ideas from Idea Shop 5 and run with them, creating workshop wonders we haven't even imagined. When you do, we want to see them. Take a good-quality picture or two, write a short explanation of how and why you built the project as you did, and send them to:
WOOD Magazine Idea Shop 5
1716 Locust St., GA-310
Des Moines, IA 50309-3023
Or, you can send an e-mail, with your photos attached, to email@example.com. Who knows, you might even see your handiwork in a future issue of WOOD® magazine!