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Riley Porter’s “man cave” looks somewhat cramped but extremely well organized, with a place for everything. My favorite detail is the big monitor up on the wall, it looks super handy for displaying info while working on a project.

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  1. I hope one day to have my own “man cave” but for now I have a 1/3 of the garage (maybe less). But you have to start somewhere.

  2. Gareth Branwyn on said:

    The Robot magazine is a nice touch, but Riley, where are the MAKEs? Really. I’m hurt. :-)

    • on said:


      I was hoping you didn’t notice that :) I read make on my ipad/mac book air. Most of the time.. Robot is not available in the digital format :)

      However my make subscription is still active and my robot has lapsed.

      Yah its a bit smaller than I wanted but the cost to size ratio in the DC area being what it is. This is about as big of an addon as I could afford.

      Luke: My workshop is about 1/3 of a garage :)


  3. on said:

    I don’t get the computers/monitors/TVs I see in so many workshop pictures. Maybe they are just for show and they never generate any actual chips or dust? Or do they have to haul out a big tarp all the time?

    • on said:


      My woodworking equipment has been placed into a storage shed. This is the whole “size” issue I had. I had to make a choice, and while I do wood working projects I do far more electronics / hacking projects. So it is a bit of a pain any time I want to cut something on my table saw / mitre saw I have to pull it out hook it up etc. At our next house my wife and are in agreement that it will be a cement floor full on workshop not an prefab 18×12′.


  4. RocketGuy on said:

    I’m going to be fitting out my man cave next year (it’s currently storing all our stuff while we finish the house), so I love these posts.

    Making a list of ideas, one of which was to have a vacuum system to minimize dust/chip contamination and of course to reduce cleanup.

    I also have to consider noise issues, as I’m in an urban environment and I actually like my neighbors. I’d like to try and reduce noise for my own sanity as well.

    I would be interested to hear from anybody who’s installed an integrated vacuum system to their cnc rig etc. What did you use?


  5. That is considerably cleaner and tidier than my whole double garage workspace. Well done.

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