Getting started and building a shop

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Blog entry by Farrout posted 02-10-2011 04:37 PM 1411 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.
Router workshop
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.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 02-10-2011 04:49 PM

good luck to your projects.. be safe at all times.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 05:13 PM

Sounds great can’t wait to see your projects.

-- Walt, Southern cal

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#3 posted 02-10-2011 05:28 PM

keep at it…sounds like your getting set up…good luck with your hobby…and enjoy retirement…who knows though…the hobby could take off and become something else…haha…...grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 05:36 PM

Sounds like you have landed some nice deals off of Craigslist… Good going…

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 08:03 PM

way to go. sounds like you have a good start.Anyone on here will tell you that they will buy the best they can afford. Sounds like you have hit the jeckpot. Post pictures when you can. Thanks for posting

-- 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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#6 posted 02-10-2011 08:47 PM

And so it starts!Sounds like you got some pretty good deals,have fun and be safe.

-- dan p

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#7 posted 02-11-2011 12:41 AM

you are ready to turn out good fun as you start building you projects

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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