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Workshop by Kenshu posted 10-25-2011 04:45 PM 1175 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Kenshu

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My shop is our two car garage. I have two work benches along the back wall one of which is home to my porter cable sanding station, my Hitachi Miter Saw, and occasionally my Delta scroll saw. I have a skil brand drill press mounted on a shop built cabinet also along the back wall.

I have a Porter Cable pcb270 table saw that some day that has served me well for the last two years but at some day WAY down the road I would like to upgrade it.

I also have a free standing work bench built using these plans from woodsmith . This thing is rock solid and HEAVY. It has taken a beating and shows very little wear for the torture I put it through.

I also use a Craftsman portable router table with the craftsman router. I am not thrilled with this and will eventually build a real router table.

My grinder is just a cheap ryobi but I do very little grinding and this serves me perfectly fine.

Future purchases (probably in this order)
Thickness Planer (leaning towards the grizzly model G0689 or Dewalt DW734)
Bandsaw (Grizzly G0555 with riser block kit)
Jointer (Either grizzly G0452 or the Rigid if I can find it)

I am leaning towards grizzly tools both because they tend to get good reviews but like all tools the occasional bad ones as well and because I live only 2 hours from one of their stores so I could deal with the store in person if I need to.

-- The second mouse gets the cheese.


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#1 posted 10-26-2011 08:57 AM

Some pics would be cool.

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Kenshu

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 02:15 PM

I am in the middle of a project at the moment and the shop is a MESS. I plan to put a few up once I have cleaned it up.

-- The second mouse gets the cheese.

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jmo85331

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 07:05 PM

Thanks for sharing the info and the experience. I’m just getting back into woodworking and starting to setup an area in my two-car garage. Really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on tools & setup.

I’m also choosing the Woodsmith heavy duty workbench. It’ll be a good way to begin tuning my woodworking skills. How did you finish your bench, if at all?

-- Jim, Cave Creek AZ

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Kenshu

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 08:34 PM

Jim,

One thing I did different than in the plans was to use an overlay of hardboard. I figured between finishes, hammers, chisels, saws, etc. I would eventually need to replace it. I used 3M spay adhesive to glue it down and that has worked fine. I don’t know how much work it will be to replace it but I figure its probably not going to be as hard as replacing the whole top would have been.

As for finish I just used a few coats of boiled linseed oil. That hardboard will really soak this stuff up but I still only used 3 coats. Its helped as far as keeping glue from sticking too badly and paint/finish doesnt penetrate too badly. I didnt, and still do not, think that poly is necessary for the top. Poly might help a bit more with spills but its still going to take beatings from hammers and the occassional chisel or saw so I figured why bother.

-- The second mouse gets the cheese.

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 12:32 AM

I’m still debating if I’m going to have a separate hardboard item that I clamp on the bench when I need it … or secure a hardboard top. Thanks for your experience and for the answer on the finish.

-- Jim, Cave Creek AZ

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