The Workshop #1: Starting out - ARGH. Too many projects, but what to do first?

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Blog entry by Milo posted 05-21-2009 12:34 AM 998 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that I finally, (well, almost) have all my boxes unpacked, I am stuck with the dilemma of trying to figure out the proper order in which to put my shop into good working use.

ARGH. Too many projects, but what to do first?

Here are some of the projects I have planned, and the order I was thinking of doing them in.

1) Workbench (duh), Modified Nicholson design.
2) Sharkguard (I plan on making my own)

2) Super Sled crosscut sled
3) Miter Saw Cart w/ extension
4) Plywood mover
5) Cyclone – shop made
6) Clamp rack

9) Router fence

This is all I can remember at the moment…

Please don’t be shy ! If there something you think I ABSOLUTELY need to do first, fire away and let me know.

Any organizing tips would be appreciate too.


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#1 posted 05-21-2009 12:42 AM

Hey Milo
It’s easy to get overwhelmed . But placing of tools need to come first and some kind of work surface to make the other things on your list. Then saftey items.Then list things you will need done to start the most important upcoming projects

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#2 posted 05-21-2009 01:12 AM

Make your workbench and table saw/radial arm the same height so you can use the workbench as a support system for the saw. A mobile clamp rack is a good thing.

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#3 posted 05-21-2009 06:24 PM

if you don’t have sawhorses i would make those before anything else. use them for making your workbench and a hundred other things. and as soon as i had decent sized pieces of scrap i would make the crosscut sled. easy square cuts make every project fit together better.
saying you will make the workbench first is easy, actually doing it is harder. I thought i would build mine in a week, it took almost two months.(i procrastinate a bit)but take your time and do it right, wanting a different style bench before you are finished building the first one is disappointing.
have fun and work safe

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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