As promised here are some “before” photos of my messy garage.
Notice the open ceiling joists with hundreds of nails sticking out… this is because I have already ripped the crappy sheetrock down to start work on it.
Here it is a little less messy:
And here is the “before” photo of the loft space above the garage. This is the reason that the shop project is so slow to get off the ground… there is a TON of storage potential up there and I am taking the time to do it right. I have been reinforcing the ceiling so it will take the load of storage.
Here is my new baby from a few weeks ago… she is just waiting for some love:
And the exciting news is I just picked up one of these!
I’ve always been a Radial Arm Saw type of guy. I just love those tools. BUT they do have their limitations. They are difficult to keep tuned and true, and they are difficult to change angles accurately.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about my new shop setup. I have even thought about building my cross-cutting bench with a chop saw for compound angles, and my old RAS friend for longer straight cross cuts as well as dados and tenons.
But ultimately I just don’t have the space for that. So I decided if I had to only choose ONE I would have to make a compromise. A 12” sliding compound miter would have to do. It will have the power, capacity, ease of use, ease of changing miter/bevel angles, and enough accuracy to do the job.
You can still cut dados and tenons on a slider, although its not as accurate as a RAS. I will just have to clean them up with a router plane or make my tenons on the table saw instead. Oh well.
As far as choosing the DeWalt, I really did a lot of research. I almost went for the Bosch, with its ability to fit closer to the shop wall:
But even though this saw was about $200 more, I found it to be far LESS ACCURATE especially with regard to the dado stop. It would actually bounce almost 1/4” down/up after hitting the stop. Overall it had a lot more plastic parts than the DeWalt (and more moving parts too) and was just not built as well all around. The DeWalt is pretty solid.
The hinged mechanism on the Bosch is pretty ingenious technology. But it is just not perfected yet. Too bad.
So anyway, next I will be daydreaming about the bench I will build as a home for the new slider.
On a totally UNRELATED note…
My wife and I started a photography business from my [other] hobby. I tried making my furniture building into a business in the past. But that failed miserably as soon as I realized that (a) the economy sucks for selling furniture and (b) I would be making about a penny an hour after all the time I spend on each piece.
But the photography business was actually her idea. She encouraged me and said that she was willing to support me 100% and do whatever she could to make it work. Well she was right. It makes a lot more sense because the overhead is extremely low (we shoot on location, no studio) and the time commitment is also very low (photo sessions are usually under 2 hours).
In about 6 months it has already become profitable, and its been a lot of fun. I am the photographer on my days off from my other job. But she pretty much runs the business, books the clients, handles the blog, social media, photo editing, etc. The income from the photography was good enough that she was even able to quit her other job!
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