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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

There are certainly oils and other flammable liquids, plus possible electrical malfunction, so I would indeed suggest an ABC, preferably a larger one. Remember that you always aim an extinguisher at ...
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How to soundproof the Wood Shop?

The advice for a shop is pretty much the same as for any loud activity. There is a lot of research you can do on the internet for music studios, for example, that will apply. So, this is not specific ...
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What sort of dust collection system would be adequate for a two-car garage?

There's two things to consider here: how much the machine throws dust all over the place, and how good dust collection is at the source. The circular saw and RAS are both going to throw dust with a ...
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Can you hook up two shop-vacs in parallel to increase airflow through a dust collection system?

This could work, but you would want them setup to run in parallel, and not in series I would think. For example at the end of your ductwork, you have a Y that splits right into the two vacuums. My ...
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What tools do I need to start making cabinets?

Hmmm. Where to start. While a cheap contractors table saw 'can' do a lot if you're willing to work at it, a full sized table saw will be much better, and a cabinet saw would be best. If you are ...
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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

You're probably OK with a typical 'multi-purpose' type ABC extinguisher, as that will handle most of the fires you would see in a typical woodshop. You could probably get away with just a type A (for ...
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What is the proper humidity for a shop and how should I achieve it?

There's a lot written about the ideal conditions for the workshop but you have to be careful about the source since the figures quoted aren't as universal as sometimes implied or stated, some sources ...
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What tools do I need to start making cabinets?

That is what I started with. I kept my eye on craigslist and garage and estate sales for a lot of my tools which worked well for me. I am not an expert cabinet maker, but on the few that i made, I ...
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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

Alternative answer: Don't get a fire extinguisher at all. They are only any good for tackling something the size of a wastepaper basket fire. It is far too easy to think "I can deal with this". ...
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What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in the shop?

Blowing ash around with a CO2 extinguisher will make everything in the room dirty but most things can be cleaned of ash. That would be good for electricals. For wood, water or foam would be better (...
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LED Lights for the Woodworking Workshop

Specs are on line: you can do your own comparisons. Factors to consider: Brightness. A fair comparison would be between lamps delivering about the same number of lumens. Color temperature. Lower is, ...
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What tools do I need to start making cabinets?

This an iceberg of a topic - it's a difficult question to address in a short space. Here is a downloadable PDF from Popular Woodworking magazine that introduces an occasional theme called "I Can ...
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How to soundproof the Wood Shop?

The answer provided by jdv is excellent advice and addresses sound transmission through air. Plus, as i mentioned in a comment, the mass of masonry walls and the earth will eliminate most sound ...
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What are the sound frequencies (Hz) of common woodworking machines?

I have an audio spectrogram app on my tablet, so I took it into my workshop and made a couple of measurements, using the power tools I had setup for a project (table saw, orbital power sander, and ...
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Is a 20 ft by 12 ft workshop a good size for a woodworking shop?

Would a 20x12 shed be big enough? Yes! You can do woodworking in almost any sized space, but 20x12' is practically king-sized compared to what some of us have. There is no reason you can't have a ...
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How do I prevent static on vacuum hoses?

Well, large dust collector systems will somegimes run a bare copper wire from one end of thd ductwork to the other, grounding one end, due to (apparently unnecessary) fear of static-ignited dust ...
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What tools do I need to start making cabinets?

I am a bit late to this question, but I started out with not much more than you have. I decided that the best way to learn to build nice cabinets would be to build shop cabinets to learn on. I could ...
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What sort of dust collection system would be adequate for a two-car garage?

I'm not sure it's possible to catch all the dust you make on any project, however the is no reason not to try. For quite a while I used a shop-vac to clean things up and many tools have connections ...
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LED Lights for the Woodworking Workshop

For the many decades when incandescent was primary option for interior lighting, there was really only one color option - incandescent. Generally that fell into the Soft White color range around 2700K....
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How do I prevent static on vacuum hoses?

There are dust collection systems which are built with anti-static features at the collection point, hoses and tools. Festool is an example of such system where the hose and dust extractors work ...
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How do I prevent my table saw fence from deflecting?

This is what's known as a Biesemeyer-style rip fence. A search on "Biesemeyer fence rigidity" yields interesting results, in particular this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alcXY7y4NS0 ...
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Woodworking shops in Montreal,Canada

I did a quick search using the terms "makerspace toronto" and came up with a number of links. One of the links is a collection of locations in the area. In such a metropolitan area as Toronto, you'll ...
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Is a 20 ft by 12 ft workshop a good size for a woodworking shop?

It should be very adequate along with jdv suggestions Suggestions 1) insulate and heat (maintain 50* or so temp) your building (and cover the walls) for your comfort and a stable environment for your ...
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Gradual upgrade of dust collection ducting

A severe intake restriction should place less load on the motor than an severe exhaust restriction like a clogged filter. If you have a dust collector where the motor is mounted outside of the blower ...
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How do I prevent my table saw fence from deflecting?

You might try using one of those magnetic 'finger dealys' designed to hold your wood against the fence when cutting, but place it on the far back side of the fence to keep it from drifting.....have to ...
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How do I prevent static on vacuum hoses?

I solved the problem, temporarily, by wrapping the hose in bare copper wire and attaching the wire to the electrical ground for the power cord. Worked well until the copper wires gets unwrapped or ...
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LED Lights for the Woodworking Workshop

I think what your main question on this is what would be the difference be between fluorescent/incandescent and LED lights. If I were you I would go with LED lighting. My workshop is outside and using ...
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What sort of dust collection system would be adequate for a two-car garage?

I would also agree with the above answers in saying that the dust deputy is top notch. I ended up getting the entire kit to save myself some time in setup since I have a 1 year old that really cuts ...
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