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Here's My Workshop!

Steve Lyde
Altus, OK

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I'm Steve, a hobbyist woodworker from Oklahoma. I have been into woodworking since I was 16 years old. I'm 51 now, but have only been into finer tools and woodwork for the past 5 years.

My shop is my 2 car garage. It measures 20' x 22' with a 2' x 4.5' alcove in the back where I have my dust collector and air compressor. Some of the storage solutions in my shop are store bought and some I built. My real journey in building up my shop started with the building of a Roubo work bench with Benchcrafted hardware . After that I have been hooked on turning my garage into a woodworking haven with good tools and storage.

My real work is seasonal so I'm lucky enough to spend half or more of each year off work with nothing better to do than play around in my shop. I like to keep my shop clean so all of the large tools are connected to a cyclone dust collector via 6" PVC with automated blast gates and dust collector controls. Most of my smaller tools are Festool which always run with the Festool dust collectors.

Most of my projects are furniture and home remodeling for myself along with a few small items for friends. My desire now is a detached shop in my back yard that is bigger than my current garage. I'm running out of room for tools!!!

In the center of my shop is the Jointer/Planer combo
machine and Table saw complete with slider
Miter station with shelves and drawers for storage including
several Festool machines in Systainers, with cyclone
dust collector and air compressor in the background
Roubo workbench and more storage, bandsaw on one end
and mortiser on the other
Rolling work station with Festool MFT top and vac to the side
Bandsaw, drill press and clamps
Wood storage rack, drum sander, and router table. These
two tools are pulled out into the middle of the shop and
connected to the dust collection system when needed

If you have any questions you can email Steve at .

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