Intro #1: New Guy Here, Thanks for all of the Welcomes

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Blog entry by NotEnough posted 02-15-2010 05:03 AM 1020 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just joined today and I already got a number of emails and one PM welcoming me to the board. Thanks a bunch for the warm greetings!

I’m totally new to this hobby. I’ve been slowly adding to my garage arsenal the past couple of years with a fair bit these last few months. Until recently, my purchases have been mostly general homeowner stuff….cordless tool kit (Ryobi), socket/wrench set (Craftsman, all 6pt), pliers and other misc tools (Kobalt/HF).

In the past few months I’ve acquired some more stuff: 40” top/bottom toolbox, 18V Ridgid combo LIon, Ridgid Circ Saw, small compressor, 5Kw generator, Ridgid R4511 TS, 50’ retracting hose reel, clamping cutting guides (set of 3 from the Rockler sale), small Bessey clamp assortment. Everything was on sale / clearance / used / recon. And a small shed to put the lawn junk in.

Now I’m busy trying to clean out more non-essentials and get everything else on wheels so that I can play around with the space (one slot of a 3 car garage). Got the two lateral file cabinets on wheels. Next comes the two Kobalt work tables. This one is going to take some effort. The legs are 1×4 sheet metal and not very conducive to put casters on w/o raising the height of the work surface. Don’t want to spend the money on mobile bases, but that might be the best option. Once I get that done, I’ll start working on a sheet goods rack. I’ve got 5 or 6 sheets of 4×8 slat wall that’s been sitting in the spot where my truck goes for over a year.

I’ve been on the hunt for some of the stuff the guys are finding deals on…..Ridgid BS/DP, Delta BS/DP, and the DW 735 Planer. No luck on any of these in Houston.

Probably won’t be adding too much to the knowledge base anytime soon, but will certainly be learning lots.

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View Ecocandle's profile


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#1 posted 02-15-2010 05:49 AM

Welcome to the fun. I am new to this hobby too. I have found Lumberjocks to be a friendly and helpful place to hang out. I am sure you will like it here.

-- Brian Meeks,

View eddy's profile


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#2 posted 02-15-2010 05:30 PM

welcome i was where you are at about 2 years ago more money going out on tools than you can imagine.
i did not notice a table saw on your list? i found a lot of my large tools on close outs. i know lowes is switching over to more portacable and less delta. may ck there got my delta jt360 planer ethere for less than $200.00
i little while back. sears should be coming up with a new line for the year so they will be selling the in store
display items cheep there cabinet saw at my sears was at $360.00 last time i looked was around $1000.00
4 months ago. just a couple of ideas i know getting all the tools and the shop set up was the hardest part for me. take it slow and have fun

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 05:38 PM

I can tell you the Delta 16” 12 speed drill press from Lowes, is the cats meow. Very Good tool. I got it specifically to tap the front and back rails of my new shopfox classic fence for my R4511 TS. And I have used it everyday since. I steered clear of the Ridgid DP and BS because of the reviews I found here and on other sites.
My next purchase will be the Grizzely 14” resaw Bandsaw. I found it has all the features that I need (and more) for a comparable price to other machines. But, most of all it has gooten some great reviews.

Welcome to LJ’s, this is a great place to learn

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 05:27 AM

Eddy, the R4511 is the Ridgid granite topped table saw (on sale for $300). I’ve been reading up on routers. That will be the next power tool purchase.

RandyMarine, I’d prefer the Delta stuff at Lowes, but I’d probably settle for the Ridgid stuff if I could find any of them on clearance here in Houston (still no luck).

All, thanks for the welcome. I’m still trying to get comfortable with the site layout. It’s a bit different from most sites I visit.

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 06:18 PM

Welcome and I hope that you have fun here. Work safely.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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