Building the Shop #18: Christmas gifts arrive!!

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Blog entry by Lance posted 12-06-2011 01:16 AM 3304 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my wife and I ordered our x-mas gifts the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. We both got our boxes in today, she’s real happy and I’m kind of excited. I’m excited for my Dewalt router, but my 6” combo square came in metric, and the Japanese waterstone was cracked on the corner pretty bad. Just something else that has to be shipped back to the store. Thankfully Amazon doesn’t charge you to send it back, I’ve almost spent $100 in shipping this past 2 months in returns or the initial shipment, just a waste of money.

Dewalt DW618PK
Freud Adjustable Tongue and Grove bit set
Freud Fusion 10” x 40T x 5/8” Thin Kerf Saw Blade – Shipped
Woodriver 6 piece Chisel Set
Chisel Honing Guide
2 Wood Racks sets

1000 Grit and 6000 Grit Japanese Waterstone
6” Combo Square

I know I talked about maybe purchasing a band saw for x-mas/b-day, but I’ve decided to hold off b/c I have a couple projects that I can still build without it and I want to make sure I buy one for my needs. I want the bandsaw purchase to be one I won’t have to upgrade down the road like my TS. I thought I wanted the Grizzly 18” but I’ve done some more research and I’m leaning towards the 14” Rikon Ultimate 10-325 or the Laguna 14” SUV, but with shipping cost at $205 for the SUV looks like the Rikon is a front runner.

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

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will delaney

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 01:28 AM

Do you get to use them before Christmas? I would like to see your review on the Freud Adjustable Tongue and Grove bit set.I have been look at that. Your going to love the Ridgid Oscillating spindle sander.Works great right out of the box. But i guess you won’t know till January. Enjoy

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 03:09 AM

I’ve got that same router set. I really like mine. sooner or later, I’m gonna get a big 3+hp to keep in my router table. that’s gonna be down the road a bit. have fun with all those nice tools, both of you. I’m with will d. on a little review of that Freud adjustable set. ho ho ho, Merry Christmas

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

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 03:33 AM


You will be very happy with the Rikon 10-325 Deluxe BS. You can resaw up to about 13” and don’t have to go buy a set of riser bolck for it. It also has a tesion levBetween now and your BD get online and find some Timberwolf blades for it as the one that comes with it is pretty poor. We do everything with a TW 1/2”-4 TPI and a TW 1/4”-10 TPI. Have a 3/4”-3TPI for resawing but, have not used it yet.

If budget is an issue buy the 1/4” first, then the 1/2” and 3/4” last. My 2 cents worth.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 08:49 PM

What is the model of the 2 wood rack sets and where did you get them?

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#5 posted 12-07-2011 02:45 AM

I got them a woodcraft on black Friday, The Portamate 6 Shelf Wood Rack.

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

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#6 posted 12-07-2011 10:08 PM

Thanks Lance. I may order a couple sets for myself.

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 11:31 AM

Lance I have seen all kinds of really good Jet, Grizzly and other hardly used bandsaws on CL lately due the down turn of the economy – or do you have your heart set on a new machine?
I bought a 16” Grizzly plus 8 new blades from a insurance shop and one of the guys there said “I havn’t seen that thing run ever in 16 years”. When I got home I found they had assembled the lower blade guide in the wrong way. I have a “new” old machine for 1/3 $’s of new.
And really nice build of your dust collector separator…

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 12-10-2011 04:12 PM

Ex, half my shop is off of CL, I’d love to come across a BS on CL, I’ve seen about 5 since April and they were either too small, didn’t have the cash at the time or to expensive for a used one. Through out this whole experience of building my shop with tools I told myself I didn’t want to have to upgrade my machines, I want to get quality from the beginning. Well, that being said, I already want a new TS and DC. I’ve got my heart set on the 14” Laguna SUV but if the 14” Rikon Deluxe comes back down to $699 i’m pulling the trigger on that. A co-worker is about to purchase the 18” Laguna just after the year, I told him to ask the salesman if we bought them at the same time would he give us a discount, or throw in a Resaw King, so we’ll see what happens.

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

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#9 posted 12-15-2011 06:34 AM

I agree with Exelectrician. I paid $150 for my Jet 1HP w/ riser block, mobile stand, 3 blades, and 2 free Freud thin kerf 40T. The only retail items in my shop are my ridgid R4511 and ridgid planer! My wife hates to see me trolling CL! :)

-- "Without lethality, it's just a parade."

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