Getting my tools ready #1: Finally getting past the starting point!

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 02-04-2013 04:24 PM 1893 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Time and money….seems I’ve neither. LOL! Did make a commitment to myself that I would have my shop tools up and running by spring. It’s actually happening. I’m making some headway!

First step was purchasing a Harbor Frieght Lathe which has been assembled and waiting for almost a year??? Wow.
Second step was finding a 10 inch grizzly 3 hp 1023 and getting it home.
Third step was finishing up some of the outside construction projects that were 85% completed while we had experience very mild weather in the beginning of winter.
Third step was posting and selling my 20 year old 10 inch belt driven craftsman table saw.
Fourth step was putting an extender that I’ve had for 8 years in a box on my 14 inch grizzly band saw.
Fifth step was assembling my 7 inch Harbor Frieght Rabbiting Jointer after 10 years in the box. It’s now discontinued
? LOL! I had purchased some mobile bases from Northern Tools that were on sale a few years ago and just realized the rails are too short to put on the jointer! Don’t sell these anymore…..LOL! Need rails, so I looked at Delta’s mobile bases and I’m borrowing the idea of hardwood rails, but that requires a table saw? Damn I sold my craftsman.
Stopped the jointer assembly and moved on to the table saw. Another LJ has been bloging about his new 1023rl grizzly and I took a hint from his problem and purchased the Super Heavy duty Shop Fox mobile base from Grizzly, which had to be assembled around the 500 pound grizzly bear! Got it mostly qassembled but realized the longer rails were too long! Dissassemble! Cut rails, and paint. Reassemble and get down to last bolt. I’m missing a washer. No problem I have a lot of hardware. And hour later…no washer! Grrrr! Found a jar of washers! Holes too small! Bored out hole and assembled, I reattached the wings to the table and turned off the light.

Oh yeah, I have to install 220 into the electric panel. Step five to be continued.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 04:52 PM

I hear ya!
One step forward, three steps back, turn left, go forward, turn right, navigate around an as yet incomplete tool setup and try to remember where you started & what you are doing!!! Trying to set up shop can be frustrating. If only I had a completed shop, then my shop set up would be sooo much easier!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 06:16 PM

Sometimes things do not go as we have planned…but you seemed to have had your share of hurdles. You will get it done and before you know it we will all be admiring your projects here on Lumberjocks.
When you are motivated nothing can stop you.

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 06:20 PM

So how do you eat an elephant?

One bite at a time. Sounds like you’re making headway. But take it from a seasoned shopper, sales are only a good thing if you buy what you are going to use in that particular decade!!


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#4 posted 02-04-2013 10:47 PM

You sound like me when I was first getting started!!!!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 12:31 AM

Doc, just reading what you have been doing around your house the last few months makes me tired!
So if anybody deserves some quality time in the shop, it’s you. Have fun making sawdust.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 12:38 AM

Thanks, Chaos theory applies here. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 12:53 AM

Doc that was a lot going on. Looks like you have been hording tools for years.
Keep us posted and updated.
This could get interesting.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 01:50 AM

Had too much of everything at one time because of tool sales. Thank God I was able to sell most of them years back. It was my daughter who told me “it doesn’t mean that it’s cheap and you can afford it that you have to buy it” I always say this aloud whenever I have the itch to buy something that I think I might need. lol.. I hope you get everything running soon! HAve a fantastic day my friend!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 02:28 AM

Smart kid!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 02-05-2013 02:20 PM

I hope you’ll have time and money to complete your shop ASAP.
Keep us posted about the process. Thanks for sharing.
I’m looking forward to your projects, too.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#11 posted 02-05-2013 05:48 PM

Now the pressure is on! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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