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10 posts in 2240 days
Location: Laval, Quebec, Canada
UPDATE: summer of 2015
How time flies! I have updated some tools in my garage workshop; replaced my first table saw (a 218290 Craftsman's version of the RYOBI BT3100) with a used Unisaw with 52 inch rails...WOW what a difference! A dedicated Craftex router table with a Freud FT2200 VCE router, Delta 6 inch jointer, Canadian Tire used 12 inch planer, Canadian Tire 10 inch sliding miter saw, Delta 17 inch drill press, and a Sears 20 gallon air compressor with assorted nailers. Like most, it happens in stages as skill is increased and we reach the limits of our tools (and the all important budget allows for updates!). Yes it would be cheaper to start out with higher end tools but it takes time to know what you really like in woodworking and then to acquire tools for that purpose. I have a long and narrow garage (approx. 13x26) so getting everything on wheels is important. I am working on getting my Unisaw on a mobile base right now so I can rearrange my layout and make it more efficient.
Before I start any project, I always look through the projects on this site to get ideas and helpful hints. I have been working on updating my home the past 2 years; had an addition put in and handled the finishing (wainscoting, hardwood floors, window and door trim, and a built in for electrical fireplace insert). Put up a wall of barn wood (rough sawn pine, stained, cut and planed to different lengths and thicknesses to keep it rustic). Painted the aged orange brick surrounding the wood burning fireplace and built a rustic beam mantel. Replaced and extended the deck and railings, built a privacy fence and extra shed.
This past spring I offered to update my parents kitchen by opening part of a wall to let in more light, replacing the countertops, adding an island, building new cabinet doors and drawers (birch shaker style with bead board insert panel painted white made with a Freud rail and stile bit set) and removing old dishwasher to add more drawer and cabinet storage. I will add pics and project write-ups soon, it has been a learning experience trying to get things to match up in an older existing kitchen!
This site has been both inspirational and educational with all the amazing projects, reviews and blogs...thank you all!
I hope I can do the same to other beginners that are building their skills one board at a time.
-- Philip - Laval, Quebec, Canada
|commented on||Shop Cabinets||06-22-2015 08:05 PM|
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|commented on||Shop storage cabinet from recovered wood part 2- the upper cabinet||02-05-2013 07:26 PM|
|commented on||Woodsmith Country classic coffee table||10-26-2010 03:51 PM|
|commented on||My first furniture pieces - TV console unit with matching table||10-17-2010 04:24 PM|
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