Look ma, no tablesaw
Aseasoned woodworker walking into David Mitchell’s 16×24' detached shop will immediately notice something missing: a tablesaw. Instead, David’s workbench serves as the shop centerpiece. “I used to have a Delta 3-hp tablesaw but had to sell it during a business downturn. I find that not having a tablesaw forces me to be more creative in my woodworking.” A mitersaw, circular saw, and hand ripsaw handle many lumber-sizing chores.
His workbench is a customized version of a Michael Dunbar design. To join the legs to the stretchers, David substituted pegged through-mortise-and-tenon joints for the specified nuts and bolts. Mortises in the benchtop accept tenons on the tops of the legs. None of the joints are glued, so he can break down the bench, if needed. He also added a leg vise, and drawers that open from either side of the bench to store hand tools and accessories.
David gets great satisfaction using traditional hand tools whenever he can. Still, as you look around the shop, you will see a router table, 12" planer, and drill press and a few benchtop tools including a spindle sander, 4" jointer, belt/disc sander, and mortising machine.
An in-wall air conditioner keeps things comfortable in hot weather. In cooler temperatures, a small plug-in heater helps, but “leaves a lot to be desired,” Dave says.
Plywood lining the shop walls makes it easy to hang tools, templates, and other accessories. Looking ahead, he hopes to panel the ceiling to provide a more finished appearance.