Building My Work Shop #18: At Last a Woodworking Shop to be Proud Of! (Long Version)

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Blog entry by Crushgroovin posted 03-08-2011 10:18 AM 3560 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 17: He He He He I am SOOOOO Giddy!!! Part 18 of Building My Work Shop series Part 19: How did I live without it?!?! »

It has taken me about 8 months but I finally have my Workshop setup with all the large machines I need, or wanted! The best part is I was able to pull it off while putting some extra cash in my pocket. You see this past November I thought I had everything necessary for the projects I wanted to do.

It was pretty simple I wanted to make some small projects like cutting baords and some bigger projects like a Sofa Table or Greene & Greene Blanket Chest. What I quickly found out was my Shopsmith was a total and complete pain in the butt. I ended up not wanting to go into the shop because it would take 10-15 minutes every time I wanted to use the table saw. The Shopsmith 510 is a huge Table Saw system but it is a whole bunch to take apart when you need to drill a quick hole. It is also a whole bunch to take apart and put together when in Lathe mode and you want to use the Table Saw. So I made a decision to get stand alone machines instead.

There was a small problem with this little idea. I went on disability last August & the wife is going to college so I don’t have much extra cash to speak of. Luckily I had some cash flow I could take advantage. So I started wheeling and dealing buying restoring then re-selling all kinds of machines on Craigslist. I also bought a whole bunch of plywood and other sheet goods at auction then sold those on Craigslist. When all the dust had cleared I had a really nice woodshop full of nice tools and enough lumber to build a mansion full of furniture. And I did it all for Net Nothing! Yep I used my 20 years of sales experience and a bunch of elbow grease to buy myself some top of the line machines and I actually ended up with a handful of extra C notes!

But now it is time to shut the door on that and get started making some Sawdust!!!!!!

Mind you I still want a Top of the Line Lathe but they do not exist for under $2k, at least the form I want.

Until I get my big fancy Lathe I am going to use a hidden gem of a Lathe. The Shopsmith Mark V. I have gotten very well educated in the field of Woodworking Lathes and I can honestly say that with a couple of tweaks there isn’t a better lathe out there for under $2,000. After selling my original Mark V in December I decided I needed a new one. So in my daily CL browsing I found a “Broken” Mark V. All I had to do to fix it was solder the wires back to the motor. So hey I got to learn to solder. It wasn’t all that difficult and I have used the new found skill quite a bit since then.

If ain’t pretty and all the table and stuff are going on eBay but it is going to be a great Lathe!

Next Up is the main tool in every good woodworking Shop. Those of you who have followed have been witness to what a screaming deal I got on my Grizzly G1023 3HP Cabinet Saw. I added on the longer rails today then went at it with some Oven Cleaner so I could get the last bits of rust and dirt off of it. I have adopted Oven Cleaner as my Go to Shop cleaner after finding out it was what they used to use in the Delta Repair Shop. I really like it because it isn’t as harsh as some other stuff I have used and it won’t peel the paint. It worked really well taking the packing grease off my new Jointer, which is what we will see next.

In the meantime here is my beautiful Grizzly G1023 TS!! My first project is to build a Router Table to fit into the extension wing.

Up next is the MONSTER of the shop. My Oliver 8 inch Jointer. I picked it up last Friday brand new still in the box for just an amazing deal. I honestly am having a hard time not selling it for a large profit and going back to get another one at the same price, which I could….. Ok so this is the first brand new in the box piece of machinery I have purchased and it was quite the undertaking. Getting the motor wired up and attached to the base was not pleasant for a novice. Lifting the Jointer onto the stand took a herculean effort by myself and my 63 year old father. First time in 38 years I have ever seen him visibly falter when lifting something. But we got it on and our reward was a serving of my wifes Super Duper Yummy Chicken Pot Pie!

My goodness this thing is a beast at 537 lbs with 65” tables it is massive. It is actually a Powermatic Jointer painted Blue. I used the Powermatic 60C manual to put it together. I doubt that anyone could find a difference in the two outside of color. I got the straight knife version but will upgrade to the Helical head just as soon as I have an extra $350 laying around.

Next up is my big secret I haven’t posted about yet. I happened upon this little gem oneday last month and as soon as I got it home I had to shove in the back of the garage to make room for 28 sheets of quartered white Oak Plywood. But now that the wood is out of the way I can finally show off my new to me Delta X5 16/32 Drum Sander!!! Yep after blowin up my Planer I decided I should get one of these bad boys for making cutting boards and flattening laminations. Got it for half the price of new and I was lucky to get it as they hardly ever end up on CL.

The guy even threw in 12 boxes full of rolls of sandpaper for it!

Next up is what started my run of new machines last week. I saw that the guys down at the local Powermatic/Jet Shop were auctioning off a PM2800 Drill Press. So I sent an e-mail to Niell down at EQSS and inquired if they had anymore of them in stock. Since the one being auctioned was up to $700 I figured I wouldn’t get that great of a deal. I flipped when he replied back that they had one I could have for $500! I drove right down to buy it, and ended up with a truckload of tools.

I really like this drill press. It is hefty strong and easy to use. Not having to change the belts to change the speed is just a really cool feature to have.

Next up is the big impulse purchase. I saw they had a Powermatic 14” Bandsaw on special for $635 and I just couldn’t resist. I have rebuilt 5 Bandsaws over the past few months and in that time I got to know what the best features were and what I wanted in a Bandsaw. I had no doubt I wanted that PMBS-14 but I couldn’t justify spending $900 plus on it. I got a resaw block added on for another $60 and am just amazed I have it in my shop.

I was just flipping through the Iturra Catalog and the only thing I could find to add to it were blades. So I’ll be calling up Louis sometime soon and get some of those nice HSS Blades.

The last couple pics are of items I don’t have setup quite yet. A 3HP Porter Cable Production Router in a Woodpecker Quick Lift Router Lift. Lastly I finally stepped up to a sliding Miter Saw with a Dewalt DW-708. Not the top of the line but it will do. Honestly I end up using my chopsaw more than anything else in the shop outside of the lathe. It’s just so much quicker and easier than the TS.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 10:56 AM

Great Projects ahead.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 12:57 PM

You have all beautiful beasts in your shop that you should be proud of – now start making sound of joy out of ‘em all.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 03:29 PM

What a way to load up the shop. I applaud you in your efforts. Seems to have paid off. Now like it has been said, make some noise and sawdust!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 04:29 PM

I’d say all the time and effort, negotiating and hunting certainly paid off!

You have pieced together a very well-equipped shop that I would be happy to work in, I can tell you that.

Looking forward to seeing all of the new creations to come!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 05:10 PM

Wow, you got some serious equipment going in there. I want that bandsaw. My Delta died & I’ve been putting off buying a new one. Best of luck.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 05:11 PM

Looks like you is off to a great start.

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 08:19 PM

Looks like you are set up to go to work big time. Now you need a truck full of wood :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 04:31 AM

What a set up!!!

Can I come over and play ;^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 10:26 AM

I think you need to add one more picture. The one of you smiling from ear to ear! Congratulations, I think I need to do a little more wheeling and dealing.

-- - Martin

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Will Mego

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 07:37 PM

Some amazing tools there! I admire your dealing ability, and envy your collection (and clearly space to keep them!)

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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