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Workshop by Ben posted 01-20-2011 12:43 AM 906 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Ben

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Woodland Hills, CA 91306
United States

My shop is pretty simple, a bench, two good sawhorses with plywood on top as a secondary bench, a router, a decent circular saw, a plunge router, a cheap table saw, and the usual drill, jig saw, and some hand tools including chisels. I also have decent squares and edge guides for sawing and marking.

I am looking to purchase a decent router table from rockler when the cash comes my way, but until then I have most of what I need I think.

I am interested in making a buffet table, a vanity and shelf for the bathroom, and smaller projects just to have fun. So far I have made a potato bin and a small bookshelf.

-- Wood is good.


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sawblade1

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 12:50 AM

Some pics would be nice :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 12:56 AM

In time. Was I not supposed to post until I had pictures? I don’t know if anyone wants to see my 2000 pound pool table tiled on its side as my plywood lean-to holder, 2×4’s piled on top with 1×3’s of poplar and oak, 2 inches of dust due to lack of sweeping, a makeshift shelf to hold power tools, another shelving unit made to hold gardening supplies, bunched of 1×4’s riddled with screw holes used at stops for the router, and a workbench with a plywood top that desperately needs to be updated, as a well as two saw horses with a birch plywood top that doubles as a workbench and an out-feed for my awful 15 amp “Skil” table saw.

-- Wood is good.

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captbbrooks

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 01:09 AM

Sounds like the beginnings of a great shop, some times it what you do with your tools that makes a great shop.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 01:11 AM

Thanks Brian, but I am in desperate need of a professional organizer, and I officially take back all the horrible things I’ve said about people who claim to do that for a living. Help!

-- Wood is good.

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 03:16 AM

Hey Ben, You are on the high road. . .personal satisfaction is the goal, however you get there. About equipment: you can spring for the most expensive of machines and tools…they won’t make you a great woodworker. I started just like you, my tablesaw was just dream down the road so I made a used, rickety radial arm saw do everything. It taught me that there are many roads to town… and to make whatever you have do the job. My first table saw was a mid-range Sears Craftsman…I had to calibrate for almost every critical cut…and it taught me that great projects don’t come out of the machine; they come out of the craft the craftsman puts into it. Just a thought: there are great router table plans out there and you might try making your own; sounds like you have the wood, just have at it! By the way, I moved my shop to the San Fernando Valley (North Hollywood) and lived in Panorama City unitl 2005 when I moved to MI. Try Roscoe Hardware for tools/equipment and such, on Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys I think, they are one of the best around the area. Great good luck to you!

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 06:47 PM

Thank you so much Stephen. I have been going to AAA Tools and Wholesale in Van Nuys, but Roscoe Hardware is closer.

-- Wood is good.

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#7 posted 01-20-2011 07:04 PM

Stephen, do you know of any fairly simple router table plans? Also, do you recommend buying a secondary router on craigslist, or a refurbished one on CPO for the table rather than taking it out each tome I need to use it by hand. I also have to get the plate to fit right? Where? Rockler?

-- Wood is good.

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 02:44 AM

Ben I bought 2 almost new in the box routers on craigslist you just have to keep looking and you will find a great deal. Also checkout the Router Forums at http://www.routerforums.com/ and you can find a ton of information on making your router table and fitting the plate on it. Of course you can also find a lot of information and help right here on the LJ site. Do a search for router table or router plate on both sites and you will get information overload. And by the way your tool selection right now is about the same as mine except I don’t have the table saw yet. We can’t all have a huge shop to start with.
Have fun and welcome to the site.

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