Darren's Workshop Tour

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Furnishing their home with hand crafted furniture is next on the list.

SHOP OWNER: Darren Stevens
LOCATION: Dothan, AL

    I built this shop in 2004. It's 21 x 28 and features wall receptacles every four feet and floor receptacles in three locations. In 2005, I added dust collection for the router table, jointer, and planer. This is a shot of my Grizzly tablesaw with the workbench, jointer, and drill press in the background. I added the Micro-Jig splitter and oversized stop switch on the saw for safety. I always keep push sticks near the rip fence. The workbench serves as a dedicated outfeed table for the saw.
Darren's Workshop Tour

    I added a Bench Dog router table in 2004. I built the cabinet to assist with dust collection and to provide a place to mount the router speed control. I ran a four-inch hose for the router table fence and a collection port below for the Shop Vac hookup. I also attached the remote for the dust collector underneath the table. I adjust the router bit height by way of a drop down door.
Darren's Workshop Tour

    The area below the bench stores tools I routinely use - the circular saw, biscuit joiner, nail guns, and sander. My lumber storage is along the back wall.
Darren's Workshop Tour

    This view shows the miter saw workstation, radial arm saw, and lathe. I built the miter saw workbench frame out of 2x4 lumber. The top consists of two layers of MDF covered with tempered hardboard. I attached the miter saw to a floating adjustable platform that allows me to easily level it with the workbench. I used a specialty router bit to rout a groove in the bench top that accepts a stop for the miter saw and radial arm saw. This design keeps the bench top clear so I can use it for stacking lumber, sanding, etc. In order to save floor space, I mounted the lathe on a 2x8 and attached this unit to the wall. When I need to use the lathe, I remove it and place it on the workbench.
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    I bought this 14" Rikon bandsaw online two years ago for $425, including shipping! I store all my clamps in this area because it makes good use of space. My dust collection system passes through the wall and into the room that houses my Grizzly dust collector. After a lot of research, I purchased standard 4" air conditioning ductwork from a local supplier and blast gates and connectors from Penn State Industries. It works great.

 

Darren's Workshop Tour

    This view shows the built-in storage in the wall of the room that houses my dust collector. Next to the window hangs my board straightening jig, my plate glass and sandpaper for sharpening, and my jig for cutting sandpaper to fit my sanding block. I can still slide 4x8 sheets of plywood in and out of the bin with no problem.
Darren's Workshop Tour

    This is my planer station. It is indispensable to me. In 2005 I saw an article in Fine Woodworking about a "planer sled" that makes it easy to flatten and straighten boards too long or wide for a jointer. It was used with a roller stand on the infeed and outfeed sides, which required someone to catch it when it passed through the planer. I modified the design to make my sled lighter. I designed the platform so I could plane boards up to 7' long without having to "catch" the sled on the outfeed side. All it takes to flatten a board is some yellow chalk, a square, my Veritas straightedge, and this setup. I have mounted my panel cutter and T-square on the wall above.
Darren's Workshop Tour

    I recently built this cabinet to store my woodworking books and hand planes. I also house the DVD player and DVDís here.
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    This is a close up of my workbench. This bench, equipped with my tail vise, is as important as any tool in my shop. It took me one weekend and $175 to build.
Darren's Workshop Tour

    Every good idea in my shop, whether it is a jig, workbench, etc., has come from pictures of fellow woodworkers' shops online and/or articles in woodworking magazines. Maybe these pictures will help someone starting out. I hope that one day every piece of furniture, like this end table, in my home will have been made in my shop. I wouldn't have this shop if not for my wife Ronda. She's a wonderful woman.

. . . Darren Stevens


 
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