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Location: Columbus, NE
In April of 2009 my wife and I finished a 24 x 28 shed in our back yard with the idea of storing all of the items we had in other storage areas in the house and garage.
Approaching retirement age I decided to do a hostile take over of the shed and turn it into a wood shop to see if I could actually build something myself. Although I have worked in construction design and management for 30 years I had never really done much "fine woodworking". Except for my high school shop class and the remodel of several homes and apartments which when I look at today I realized how bad of a carpenter I was at the time due to lack of skill, patience and education.
I approached this task by reading every article and book I could lay my hands on and watching all of the wonderful videos on the internet. After reading hundreds of reviews I purchased a shop full of tools and started. I quickly realized that buying and setting up the tools is actually a big part of the excitement in woodworking.
I started by building a workbench (Matt’s Monster Workbench from Fine Woodworking) and spent many hours beating out mortises with a not so sharp chisel and quickly learned the value of very sharp tools. During 2009 and 2010 I built 25 or so projects and some were basic and each presented many learning experiences. My real enjoyment comes from taking an existing design and making modifications that fit my likes or designing it myself on Sketchup and turning it into reality.
My basic shop power tools:
Sawstop Pro table saw
Grizzly ultimate Bandsaw with Carter quick release and bearings
Incra LS router table
Dewalt 735 13” planer
Grizzly 6” jointer
Mikita 10” LS 1016L miter saw
Rigid 14663 Oscillating Spindle sander
Shop Fox 1712 12” disc and 6” belt sander
Grizzly dust collection system
50 to 60 various hand planes (Stanly Baily series and several Veritas shoulder planes and several new woodcraft planes)
Thanks to all at Lumberjocks for all of the reviews and information.
-- Mark, Nebraska
|commented on||Couple annoying setup issues, but all in all... I'm pleased.||02-10-2011 11:26 PM|
|added project||Fish Bandsaw Jewelry Box||10-25-2010 01:32 AM|
|added project||Sharpening Bench with Granite Top||10-01-2010 04:10 PM|
|added project||Pirate Chest||10-01-2010 04:34 AM|
|added project||Cherry Side Table||09-17-2010 01:06 AM|
|added project||Cherry and Black Walnut Doll Cradle||09-17-2010 12:49 AM|
|commented on||Dewalt DW735 and DW7350 planer stand||09-17-2010 12:03 AM|
|replied on||Bunk bed and futon||09-08-2010 05:58 AM|
|started topic||Bunk bed and futon||09-07-2010 12:24 AM|
|signed up||MarkNE's Profile||09-18-2009 09:38 PM|