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Blog entry by Critterman posted 10-27-2009 01:22 PM 1524 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Everyone, just a catch-up blog to let everyone know I’ve not abandoned my shop completely. There have been some developments both in projects and shop upgrades. First, I’ve posted a couple of projects, one was a music box for a friend who had surgery and the other was a bowl I turned at a Woodcraft class. Both are posted under my projects. Another I did was a picture frame and easel, this I haven’t posted yet as the one I did was a prototype and I plan to make three more for Christmas gifts. I’ll post those in projects later.

Now, in the shop. Finally found a decent source for hardwood here at the new location, that was a big relief. Then I decided to go some shop upgrades or improvements that have been bugging me. First, the upgrades.

I’ve been working with a PC 690 router, Wolfcraft router table and fence, and a collection of misc bits from Freud and Harbor Freight. The router is good, if a little underpowered for some work, the table is junk, really junk, and the fence a fitting fence for a junk table. Well, after a bonus from the day job I decided it was past time to fix this frustration. After searching and researching for a year of more Woodpecker won out and I invested. Here are some pictures of the new set up.

The top, pebble surface allows work to move nicely across, and metal slots should never wear out.

New Router Table

Lift , and my PC 7518 which wouldn’t fit in the old table is very happy in the new lift as well.

New Router Lift

Fence, the super fence is very nice, good dust collection, easy smooth set up, very nice.

New Router Table Fence

The overall set up, which I know looks odd, but I reused the stand, switch, and roller stand from the old unit. Modified to work with the new table, at least until I decide on how I want to design a new cabinet. Works well and moves around the shop easily which is one of my main requirements.

New Router Table Setup

And, well, if you’re going to invest in this nice new table you should invest in a couple of new bits too, shouldn’t you? [GRIN]

New Router Bit Set

This new set up works like a dream, one I’ve been dreaming of for a long time, especially when I was cursing the old junk set up.

Next, improvements to the shop itself. When I moved in last year I laid immediate claims on the basement space as mine, Mine, MINE, ALL MINE. Well, OK the washer and dryer could have a little space, “very little”. Anyway, the plan is to fix it up a little at a time as I decide what I want and how I want it. So, one corner at time and this particular corner was driving me crazy and I have boxes of stuff from the old house still in the back room I’m tired of tripping over. Fix the wall, paint, and new cabinet was the plan and finally done. Here are some pics.

Before, if you look in the back left corner, insulation, studs, and junk.

Before Basement Pic

After, OSB, painted white, cabinet made in the same style as the torsion box bench to match, and a top made us two layers or 3/4in MDF, hardboard top and red oak edging. Houses my PC hotdog compressor (thus the cord up through the top) and lots of storage space. Uppers will come later as I have time.

After Basement Pic

Also, added a lathe given to me by my Dad. He bought it at an auction about five years ago and never used it. Gave it to me shortly after buying it, and I finally got the chance to bring it home. Just a China made model, but seems to work good, and after a good cleaning is good enough for a rookie like me.

So, yeah I’ve been in there off and on and now that winter is settling in I guess I’ll be spending more time in getting some projects turned out. Thanks for listening and look forward to seeing updates from you guys too.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 02:48 PM

Jim, this is looking pretty good. You have a gorgeous router table and with that bit set you should be set to go. It looks like you have plenty of room in the basement for your shop and you are making excellent progress. I guess you can begrudgingly allow the washer and dryer to stay in YOUR space since it looks like you have plenty- for right now. :)

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 02:57 PM

looks like you are getting things under way

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 04:58 PM

The router lift and the PC 7518 are a great combination. Looks like a good excuse to build a fancy router table to go underneath the new top. Fun, fun, fun.

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#4 posted 10-27-2009 05:17 PM

A good upgrade a cool router table and nice shop too.

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#5 posted 10-27-2009 05:18 PM

It’s all coming together very well

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#6 posted 10-27-2009 06:02 PM

That looks suspiciously like the MLCS 66 piece router bit set. The router version of the big box of crayons…

Love seeing the progress. Great fence for sure! Must say though, your shop is looking too clean. Get busy in there, spill the shavings when you empty the DC a couple of times would ya? You are making the rest of us look bad!

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#7 posted 10-27-2009 07:51 PM

Scott, that’s right baby “MY SPACE” and I say it everyday…in case someone in the house forgets…LOL

Termite, yeah I’ve been using it and it works fantastic, it really makes a difference on how much more enjoyable it is with good equipment. And I just can’t decide on a cabinet set up yet, so it will work like this for a while.

dbhost, HA! Foiled, LOL its actually a Pricecutter 70 piece set (which is probably the same thing in the end). I got tired of having to run to the store everytime I started a project because I didn’t have the right bit, but not anymore [grin]. And clean shop…well…when I was working on the counter top for my cabinets you should have seen it..LMAO Had to clean it up just so I could walk across the floor…LOL DC? yeah my dc is a shop vac which I do empty often…too often LOL. Next major investment is a DC, all wired up and ready to go.

Thanks for the kind words guys

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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