When Jed Wachlin walks into his garage shop to make a little magic, he’s speaking literally.

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Firefighter and woodworker Jed Wachlin made this custom mailbox for his fire station.

When Jed Wachlin walks into his garage shop to make a little magic, he's speaking literally. "I have enjoyed magic since I was a child," he says, "and now I'm lucky to have found a way to combine that love with woodworking." As a firefighter, Jed incorporates some magic tricks into his fire-prevention demonstrations at schools and public events. But he primarily focuses on building new illusions for a core of magician-customers.

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A hardboard cover converts the tablesaw into a temporary work and assembly surface. On hot days, the overhead door goes up for air circulation.

Jed's shop occupies one stall of a two-car garage, so everything except the tablesaw is mobile to allow him to maximize space. Shop-built rolling stands for the drill press, planer, and sanders feature storage, reclaiming otherwise wasted space. Doors and drawers in the 8'-long mitersaw cabinet also swallow plenty of tools.

A 150-amp subpanel feeds five circuits that provide juice to nineteen 110-volt duplex outlets, and two 220-volt outlets, each with a faceplate color-coded to its circuit. Two 4" dust-collection lines beneath the concrete floor connect to the 1-hp dust collector sitting in an attached shed. One run serves the tablesaw; the other, the remaining tools.

A tricked-out router table

Jed says the best tool for an illusion builder is an imaginative brain, but you can't beat a good tablesaw and a router table—or two.

Generally, the router in the wing of his tablesaw holds a round-over bit. A stand-alone router table, also maximized for storage, steps in for other routing needs.

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A cabinet in a 20×28" Kreg bench organizes router bits and accessories. Ports in the fence and the back of the cabinet capture dust from above and below the table simultaneously.