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In the past, I have worked mostly for two general contractors doing finish carpentry, though I worked four months in a large commercial cabinet shop. This past year, I’ve been working for a custom cabinet shop. I am fairly new to actual woodworking, having done very few projects with true joinery. This is my shop.
I opted for a workbench design by Ron Paulk, mostly because it’s portable for on-site use, and it serves as an extended table saw outfeed and router table. The workbench itself is made entirely of 1/2″ maple plywood. Soon, I intend on making a cross cut jig he designed for the Festool track saw, as well as his design for a miter saw stand. I re-purposed two solid-core doors for a more solid workbench for heavier work.
The table saw is Dewalt’s 26″ portable contractor version, though for most ripping/crosscutting, I use the Festool 55 tracksaw. Presently, I use a Dewalt 12″ double bevel miter saw with default stand and I have a Porter Cable’s benchtop jointer (or the tracksaw for edges) and Dewalt’s 13″ thickness planer.
I have a selection of Bosch, Dewalt and Porter Cable routers. The Dewalt plunge palm router being my first choice. The drill press is a low-end benchtop version. For drills, I have a selection of Bosch, Dewalt and Milwaukee. For quick joinery, I have a Dewalt biscuit joiner, Freud doweller and a Kreg pocket screw jig. For finishing, I have an Earlex 5500 spray station.
I use a Dewalt auto-start vacuum hooked up to the tool in use for dust collection, as well as a Rigid vacuum for general clean up.
The band saw, scroll saw and other older tools on display in the second photo belonged to my grandpas. One was a finishing carpenter and the other was a farmer whose winter hobby was woodworking.
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