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Workshop by Hugheser posted 09-12-2007 03:37 PM 956 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

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My workshop is my undersized 2 car garage. In fact, it’s the smallest 2 car garage I’ve ever seen. But it’ll work until I’m able to get a new place.

My tools:

General 50-185 Contractor Saw
-My favorite tool. I would like to have a nice cabinet saw but due to space limitations and the need to keep everything very mobile, I think the contractor saw was a good choice. Plus since I don’t spend as much time as I would like in the shop, it would be hard to justify the cost of something nicer. I have some plans to build a mobile cabinet for it that should be a big improvement.

Grizzly G0555 14” Band saw
-I have a little buyer’s remorse about this tool. When I use it, it’s a great tool but I am disappointed that they recently increased the HP rating on it after I bought it. Plus I don’t know if I should have bought this tool while there are others I probably need more.

Dewalt DW718 12” Miter Saw
- When I built my deck, I managed to burn out my cheap Delta Miter Saw. Buying this Dewalt was the best move I could make. I’ve been incredibly happy with it. It’s easy to setup and does a good job of maintaining it’s accuracy. I also didn’t realize how handy a laser is until I had one. For projects that don’t require pinpoint accuracy, the laser makes a huge difference in speed. I don’t rely on it for finer, more accurate cuts.

Delta 16” Scroll Saw
-I don’t have this model number handy. I’ll have to check on that later. This was another purchase I didn’t need to make. I rarely use it and when I do, I really don’t feel comfortable with it. Using it to make a large cutout is pretty simple. My problem is I can’t seem to get smaller things cut out and looking halfway decent. I probably just need more experience.

Porter Cable 895 Combo Router
-I love this router. This was an upgrade from an older underpowered Craftsman. The difference in quality wasn’t expected. It’s a little underpowered for table based work with large bits but for average stuff, it’s great. My plan is to get a 3HP PC to keep in my router table so I don’t have to keep swapping this one out.

Bosch 1590EVSK Jigsaw
-This was another unexpected surprise. I wasn’t happy with my cheap B&D jigsaw so I snatched this one up when I saw it on the Lowes bargain rack. This made a huge difference. The extra features are nice but I really just like how smooth it feels. It also feels heavy in your hands which, for me at least, makes it easier to be more accurate. This is my third jigsaw and by far the best.

Delta 1.5HP dust collector
-This is a new addition so I’m still trying to work it into the picture. I’ve always taken precautions by wearing a respirator or dust mask. But cleanup has always been a pain. Hopefully once I get this in it’s place, it’ll help out more.

I also have lots of miscellaneous other tools too numerous to mention but you get the idea. I’ll try to post some pictures soon. You may have noticed a couple tools I’m missing. I can’t mill my own lumber yet. At some point I need to get a jointer and a planer. Currently all of the projects I make rely on me being able to buy premilled S4S wood. That gets expensive. My wife and I are hoping to build a new house soon so every extra cent we have gets put into savings for a down payment. Plus the fact that we currently live in a massive money pit has hurt us in the pocketbook. I could write pages about things we’ve had to do to keep our house livable. The contractor that built it did an absolutely terrible job and made some horrible decisions.

Anyway, that’s my shop. I’ll try to keep things updated as it grows.

UPDATE: The Easter Bunny was kind enough to bring me a new DeWalt 13” planer thanks to Lowes having a 17% off sale! Now I just need a jointer and I can start buying rough lumber. Maybe I’ll get lucky and Santa will try to 1up the Easter Bunny. :)

-- Brian (Woodworking n00b)

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#1 posted 03-31-2008 12:26 PM

Hi Brian,

It sounds like you have a nice shop. Any chance that you can post some pictures of it?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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