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Ben Simms

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My shop is a one-car garage that I have completely taken over, (sorry cars, you will have to sit outside). The first thing I did to the shop when we moved in was paint the floor, that turned out to be a great investment, I highly recommend painting a concrete floor for a shop. It makes cleaning way easer and it looks nice too.

I have been populating my shop with C-list specials that I am particularly proud of:
1. Central Machinery, 10”, 2 hp, table saw – $40 – Upgraded to link belt, made a 0C insert and tuned it.
2. Craftsman, 10”, radial arm saw – $30 – Just got this machine, it needs a new table and tuning.
3. 1930’s Powr-kraft?, 10”, band saw – $30 – Rewired motor to reverse direction, mounted on new stand.
4. Ridgid, 6 1/8”, jointer – $150 – Tightened bolts, link belt, and changed cutters.
5. Dewalt stacked dado blade set – $5 – Does not cut a flat bottom but it gets the wood out of the way until I can afford a better one.

I love working with crate wood, mostly because I don’t feel bad if I mess it up. I’ve been getting pine crates that break apart pretty easily, and yield about 20 usable 4’ to 5’ boards each. Boards are 7’8” thick so i can joint and plane to 3/4” if they aren’t bowed to badly.


radial arm saw

Pallet wood is starting to pile up.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 04:46 PM

First, Welcome to LJs.
A great palce to feed your insanity & saw dust fettish!!!

Secondly, what NO PICTURES!!!
It is hard to be a voyeur, when people don’t post anything to voyette (is that even a word/)!!! JK.

I guess I will have take the tour later.

Is there a regular schedule?
Do I need to make a reservation?
Do you have a Senior/Veteran/child discout?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Ben Simms

191 posts in 947 days


#2 posted 02-28-2012 03:14 PM

Ha ha, i love making chips but as i get older i like breathing them in less and less. i am going to need a DC soon.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 03:39 PM

Ben, welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com/

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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