Mobile Worktable #2: Scenes from the project in-progress (part 1)

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Blog entry by DonnyBahama posted 07-11-2011 10:10 AM 2300 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The work station – where sheet goods are cut down to manageable sizes using a couple of clamp-n-guides and a circular saw. Also where wood is measured and marked before transferring it to the table saw to be ripped or cross-cut.

The tool station – which forms a nice triangle with the workstation and table saw. The big plastic tub on the ground is full of clamps.

My dust collector (Harbor Freight) – the only bad thing I have to say about this thing is that it doesn’t work worth a darn when I forget to turn it on.

The big picture- measured drawings and cutting diagrams taped up on the cabinet doors, and cut workpieces stacked neatly to the sides. (In the middle, behind the saw is a scrap pile. There’s also a round plastic trash can (not shown) full of scraps – and getting more full by the day.) My 8’ clamp-n-guide is mixed in with the workpieces.

Note that this is not my shop. Until I get this work table built, the saw isn’t yet mine, so it continues to live in its current owner’s garage, so that’s where I’m working.

I’m SO enjoying woodworking again. So far, I’ve only made two mistakes. On the first, I just had a mental lapse and had the wrong measurement in my head and cut the board a half inch too short. No big deal; I’ll make the dados shallower. The second mistake was more costly. I deviated from my cutting plan (not intentionally – I thought a long rip cut had already been made) and I made a cross-cut before ripping off two 90” pieces I needed. No solution for that but to go buy another sheet of 3/4 plywood. The good news is, I now have a very large “scrap” of 3/4 ply. The bad news is, $32 is a LOT of money for me right now. I also have several other large scraps and numerous small ones, so I’m accumulating a lot of materials for setting up my shop.

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society -

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#1 posted 07-11-2011 06:57 PM

One question… where is the shop fan?
Hell, I live in North Texas and do NO wood working without a fan blasting.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#2 posted 07-11-2011 07:11 PM

It’s there, Wiggy – check the top picture. The top part of it got cut off in the photo, though.

-- Founding member of the (un)Official LumberJock's Frugal Woodworking Society -

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#3 posted 07-12-2011 09:02 PM

Keep at it Donny, having that saw around while you work in someone elses garage is pretty good motivation, no? BTW, you’ll use that scrap within a week making jigs, I’m sure. It’s $36 +tax for chinese around here.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 07-12-2011 09:58 PM

Wow That’s a nice looking saw. I wish you well with your future I am sure you will do fine in the long run kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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