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Workshop by Bigjoemann posted 02-14-2011 10:04 PM 1470 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Well, let’s see. Just starting to get into this woodworking thing. So far, I have a 10” sliding compound miter saw from HF, the HF 5-speed 8” drill press w/keyed chuck, and a Ridgid R4510 Portable table saw. As things go on sale, I plan on building up my shop. My future/immediate plans include:

7-8” Jointer (?)
12” Planer (HF most likely)
Plunge router(?)

As many items as possible will have to be portable by design or on movable cabinets, as our 2-car garage is pretty tight to begin with. We need to fit at least one car in there at night.

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 10:43 PM

Look at my shop and you will be able to tell I am not afraid of HF tools… But some words of advise…

#1. I have seen really ugly results from the HF 12” planer. If you are on that tight of a budget, watch Craigslist for an older Delta floor model, or go to Home Depot and pick up a Ryobi AP1301 13” planer… I love mine…

#2. The HF 6” jointer gets rave reviews, the 7” most people swear at instead of by… And they dropped the 8”, why I have no idea… You might want to look around at used jointers, or maybe pick up a Geetech 8” jointer. I have their 6” bench top model and it is a nice little machine, not terribly expensive either….

#3. For a router, I highly recommend the Hitachi KM12VC, gives you both fixed and plunge bases, runs REALLY smooth, and has plenty of power. Porter Cable used to be the defacto standard, but since they got under the B&D umbrella, well… I don’t want to bother with them… Kind of leery of the quality control there… (In case nobody has noticed, I DO get the creeps about B&D quality control, but HF is fine by me, that should tell you something about B&D!)...

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 12:35 AM

Joe, I am looking forward to a tour of your shop when you get chance to post some pictures. I can well understand where you are coming from on the cars. I have often said that I am glad we added another garage in the basement that I later converted into my shop. If I had to ask my wife to give up her garage space so that I could have a shop my immediate priority would be to build a doghouse because I would be sitting outside before her vehicle would be. :)

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 12:57 AM

Hey Joe,
Pics would be nice.

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 02:18 AM

Heading off to Mexico soon for a much needed vacation. When I return, my main focus will be on getting things built/re-built, set up, etc. Since it has been a good 16 years since I did any woodworking, it is going to take some time and investment to get back in. Thank you all for your encouragement.

dbhost, Thank you very much for your suggestions. You are the first person I have heard of that had a problem with the HF planer. I will take your advice and look around. There always seems to be stuff on craigslist for sale. Haven’t hear much either way about the 7” HF jointer. Of everything I want, the jointer seems to be the toughest to make a decision on. Pricing is a big concern, especially for anything over 6”. Most of the comments I read state that they wish they had the larger sizes to begin with. Maybe 6” is a good start, then move up as money permits.

Pics to come in a few weeks! Sorry for not posting any. We were just able to start focusing on the garage the past month. We are renting this house, and the prior owner liked to build all kinds of things out of whatever scraps he could find. In other words, his benches put the crap in scrap materials.

Thanks again for all your comments and suggestions. What a fantastic group of people!

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#5 posted 10-27-2011 01:30 AM

Just picked up a used R4510 Table saw this weekend. Money has been tight recently, but the price on this saw was too good to pass up on CL. The cool part was that I got to spend Sunday morning in San Francisco with my dad picking it up. The weather was amazing, 75 degrees at 10:00 am along the Embarcadero.

I can’t wait to start working again!

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