My wife got me a sign making set for Christmas a couple of years ago.
What she didn’t realize is that it takes a router to make the signs.
I found it setting in the garage about a year later.
The thought of having a woodworking shop intrigued me as much as anyone reading this.
I’m in my mid 60’s and getting ready to retire, what ever that means.
So, what the heck, why not.
I started watching all the woodworking shows on TV.
New yankee workshop with ‘Norm’.
Wood smith shop TV, etc.
I started looking for a good table saw, found a JET 10 contractors saw on Craigs list for 400 with a Dado stack.
Next found a PC 690 Router on Craigs list with fixed and plunge base for $90.
All the TV shows said I needed a router table, I liked the idea of having the router table and the table saw together since I have limited space for my tools. I built the router table to fit in the wings of the table saw using two pieces of 3/4” MDF and a formica top.
KREG table insert finished the job.
Drill press was bought from sears, New table top model for $199.
I recently bought a 4” belt/6” disk sander used on Craigs list for $80.
Also found a ‘gently used’ 10” Craftsman band saw on Craigs list for $125.
So, I have all the main tools.
Now building a super sled for the table saw.
-- Learning to retire in Tampa, apparently it's not all that hard.