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Setting Up Shop #3: Getting Started

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Blog entry by MoshupTrail posted 880 days ago 1476 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(I posted some of this on someone else’s Forum post and thought, that’s pretty good I ought to have that post on my own site, I’ve even got a blog called Setting up Shop, so here it is. Sorry if you’ve seen it before)

I started from scratch a few years ago. The first tool I got was a miter saw which I sat on an old dining-room table that I plan to refinish someday. I was putting up trim and flooring in the house so I needed that first.

Then a table saw, and a planer. I sat the planer on a table made from a couple of sawhorses and a solid-core door from the local Habitat for Humanity. That gave me a solid surface make some boards to build a couple of simple but sturdy bases for workbenches.

Those first workbenches were the basis for many other projects and the solid-core doors were an easy way to get a really heavy, thick top. (Had to cut em down and that was a mess. Solid-core doors are not solid wood inside if they are the “Fire Rated” kind. This stuff looked like a compressed mix of sawdust and gypsum)

I still have those benches. I use one for assembling small stuff and the other for painting and finishing.

But I still haven’t built a Roubo. Maybe someday…
Oh yes, the miter saw? It’s still on the dining room table. I don’t use it much – having learned to make sleds get much better accuracy on my table saw.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.



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BTimmons

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#1 posted 880 days ago

You’ve got a nice spacious work area to grow into. I’m jealous.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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MoshupTrail

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#2 posted 880 days ago

@Brian – Thanks, I’m a very fortunate person. I’ve got just over 1000 sf to work with. But I still haven’t made a jewelry box like the one you posted a while back. Those curved corners are amazing.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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jacob34

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#3 posted 880 days ago

it is a very nice workshop. I use a old kitchen table for my work table too, although no miter saw more of a desk in the workshop.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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BTimmons

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#4 posted 880 days ago

Thanks for the kind words. :)

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#5 posted 880 days ago

Big shop Have fun with all of your toys

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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