I have been doing woodworking as long as I can remember. I have said may time I have sawdust in my blood. My parent owned a cabinet shop when i was born. I started doing projects in the shop when i was 4-5 years old. When I started kindergarten I even caught the bus to and from the shop every day. My parents divorced when I was 12 years old and not long after that the show as closed and all of the tools sold.
Over the years I still did some woodworking with some basic hand power tools. a couple years after i was married we moved into a house with a 20"X40' garage and I started to get more into woodworking. This is when I started buying a few bigger tools such as a Craftsman 10 contractor table saw, 12" Delta compound miter saw and a oscillating spindle sander and of course more power hand tools. We live in thaat house for a couple years and I did many projects but as we all know life goes on and we had to move. The house we move into had a very small 1 car garage so no woodworking for me for a couple years until we moved again. This time I ended up with a 30"X40" 2 bay pole barn with no power. That was a real kick in the teeth. I had all that room but no power unless I ran a 100' extension cord from the house. I the long run I am glad that i was not able to build out the shop with new tools, the person we were leasing the house from defaulted on her loan 9 moth after we move in and the bank foreclosed on the house and we had to move again. so once again we move and once again I end up wit ha 1 car garage (bigger than the last one). this time I was able to set up a small work shop and do some project.
One of the project I was able to build was a 4'X10" teardrop trailer. Because of the size most of the work was done outside. Around this time i discovers a woodworking co-op opened in the area and I joined it. The shop was fully stock with tools & equipment to use and a retail store for wood and consumables. Over the 2 + years I was a member or the co-op I built many projects. It was really nice to have access to a 36" surface sander, full size cabinet table saw , 48" edge sander, hollow mortise machine and pocket hole machine. The co-op ended up going out of business about 2/15 yeas after it open when they lost their lease on the building.
In 2007 my wife an I decided to buy a house. We looked for several month and tried to find a a house with a ship to no avail. We ended up buying a house with a standard 2 car garage so i was able to stet up my tools again and do some more projects. But once again life happens, 6 month after we bought our house the economy tanked and my wife lost her job so my wood working had to be put on hold so I could work 2 job to keep the light on.
Fast forward to 2013 and my wife was able to find a decent job and i was able to cut back to one job so I had more time on my hands. Well not so fast.... that is when my wife decided we should star doing some remodel projects on the house. So we spent the next 4 years doing several remodel projects on the house including the kitchen, bathrooms & laundry room. During those projects I was able to amass a lot of new tools or upgraded I "needed" to do the projects such as Kreg Pocket hole tools, Delta biscuit jointer , Bosch trim router, Porter Cable 20V drill, impact driver, 16 & 18 gauge nailers & narrow crown stapler.
Once the house projects were done I decided it was time to start getting back into woodworking. It was decided I was going to turn 1/2 of the garage into a work shop for me. the fist hing i did was go by a new Delta 36-725 table saw. I have to say, i am very pleased with this purchase. It has opened up a lot of new option for project I can do. This Christmas my wife gave me a Kreg router table to an fence and a Bosch router combo kit. Since then I have done a few small projects and on large one. I built my wife a new sewing table.
The shop is still a work in progress but every day I make improvement. Right no I have working on better dust collection. I just built a portable cyclone and added dust collection to all of my tools that I could. I will have to move the hose around but since I can only work on on machine at a tie it is not to bad. The table saw has a dedicated 16 gallon shop vac on an auto switch.