Making the garage a shop #5: New tools to make room for old tools

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Blog entry by Shawn K. posted 02-27-2011 06:13 AM 1320 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wrote about a few of the things I’d picked up last week, the largest being a utility trailer to help haul things as the process of turning the garage into a shop gets underway. I plan on hauling drywall, plywood, lumber, insulation, all that good stuff.

After rewiring the trailer, getting it plated, and stripping of the useless sidewall I was able to mount some d-rings and use the trailer for the first of many hauling jobs. My new table saw finally came home today.

After four hours of setting it up, I’m pleased to show this.

With it I picked up a Freud Premier Fusion blade, an 8” Freud Dado stack, a zero-clearance insert and a safety kit with push blocks, push sticks, and a feather board.

I’ve still got some adjusting to do on the fence, just a little tweak here or there to make sure it’s square, and some minor tweaking on the splitter to make sure it’s square as well. But the difference between this saw and the benchtop saws that I’d used in the past is immense. Less noise, more accuracy. I swear my reaction to how smooth the fence moves was obscene. I’m not too impressed with the miter gauge, but I already had an Incra gauge that I used on my bandsaw, I’ll just swap it back and forth as necessary.

I’d seriously considered getting a Grizzly hybrid, especially after reading about the support grizzly gives. But what came down to it was wanting to put my dollars back into the local business and support the guys and gals at my local woodcraft.

So now I’ve got the central piece of machinery for any shop. Now I can start making storage cabinets, shelves, benches, and all the other things planned for use when the walls get dressed. That’s how this huge tool is going to make room for old tools, and get rid of the remnants of the old storage system.

I did forget to mention the other item I came across last week. After a call to my favored HVAC company, I walked out of their office with a furnace blower, total cost, FREE! I see a shop made air cleaner in my future, once I figure out what the wiring is supposed to be that is.

But first…walls, I’ve got to get some insulation in those walls, it’s freaking cold out there.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 06:39 PM

Congratulations on your new saw. I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Jet saw. I too prefer the cast iron wings verses the stamped steel. I think it’s worth the money.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#2 posted 02-28-2011 03:33 AM

I’ll happily dispose of your old bench saw. Lol. Nice score, I’m sure you will enjoy putting it through it’s paces.
It’s great to hear about someone considering supporting the local economy in a purchase decision! I tend to spend “close to home” buy purchasing used equipment, when the funds are tight.
Now stop reading this post, tweak your new saw, make some sawdust and post, post, post.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-28-2011 04:48 PM

Shawn, it is getting there. Congrats on the table saw. I know how you feel, when I got mine I thought I had finally made it. I know what you mena about putting the money back in the local business though. Try that here as much as I can also. Thanks for the post, will be watching for more.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-29-2011 04:43 PM

Congrats on your new table saw.

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