Building the Shop #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by Lance posted 07-13-2011 07:36 AM 3604 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, my fiance at the time and I bought our first house at the end of Feb. First thing I said when I saw this houses garage was…... “my DREAM wood shop I’ve always wanted” .... SOLD!! lol My wood shop is going to be in my garage, it’s a 3 car garage set up with a tandem on one side, I’ll be using 35’ x 10’ of it and the wife gets the rest! :) The first thing I did was build a bench to get all my odds and ends off the ground.

The front was suppose to be a solid piece but I measured incorrectly so I had to turn it to make it work without starting over.

Full extension 100 lbs sliding drawers

Since we moved into our first house we had a lot of coupons for the big box stores, I decided to use them wisely, not buy a hose, a shovel, but the Ridgid 10” contractor saw!!! lol

I then decided that I needed a place to build my projects so I built a workbench. It’s made out of 2×4’s, 1×2’s, Hard Maple for the vise and MDF for the top.

With the vise!

I have been looking on Craigslist every night for my more expensive tools I need/want for my future shop, Well I live in OKC but my parents live in Dallas and I find myself looking there because the markets better. So I purchased a Ridgid Jointer for $280 without even seeing it in person, I jumped on it b/c I found 5 of them within a week and they all sold for around $300. I had my dad go pick it up, it ran great but wasn’t in the best of shape, rusty, over spray on it, etc. 2 days later I get on CL and came across the SAME jointer but its listed for $175 and basically brad new, owner manual, push sticks, everything except the original box. For some reason I thought it would be good idea to email asking if it was still available even though I had one in my parents garage. O yeah, this was in Dallas as well, long story short I jumped in my car and drove to Dallas on a Tues. to buy it. Sold the other one for $290!!!! :) I also wired the shop for 220 for this bad boy!

I finally got tired of dust getting in my eyes out here in Oklahoma so I did some research and finally pulled the trigger on a Dust Collector!! I know, I know, its a HF product, but with some mods I think it will be well worth the money, I have A LOT of tools to buy, and some expensive ones coming up so anywhere I can save a dollar I will.

All set up, I’m going to add the wynn 35A filter and a separator in the future!

We moved in Feb. 27th and got married March 25th so a lot has taken place in the last 3 months! More to come in the near future and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon unless my wife takes my CC from me!! lol

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 07-13-2011 01:31 PM

If CC mean what I think it does, she had better go ahead and take it from you now, becasue it sounds like you’ve been bitten by “the bug”. Once you’ve been bitten by it, our wives have to keep us in check. If not, we’ll be living in the poor house with nowhere to store our tools. Of course, since we have “the bug”, we’ll find a place to store them so we can still use them, like at a friend’s house or somewhere like that.
I’m just joking.
Seriously though, watch those purchases. This is a hobby that can get expensive quick. It amazes me the amount of money I have sunk into my hobby since I first started it. I can still sit and think right off the top of my head though about several thousand dollars worth of other tools I “need”.


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#2 posted 07-13-2011 02:29 PM

looking good, let me know how the dust collector works. The only complaint i have with the ridgid jointer is the dust port clogs up, but i think this issue will be resolved once i have it hooked up to a dust collector.

-- RKWoods

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#3 posted 07-13-2011 02:29 PM

lookin good. I hope you got that DC at Harbor Freight for 149.00 or so. there are always coupons in various wood/woodworking mags. oh, and nice bench by the way. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 07-13-2011 02:42 PM

Thanks for the update!

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#5 posted 07-13-2011 03:19 PM

oooh exciting! congrats on the house

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 07-14-2011 09:32 PM

You are off and running on a great shop! Plus you have that space right next to the shop for expansion in the future :)

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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