Getting Started #2: Almost there!

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Blog entry by Profcrab posted 09-26-2007 06:17 PM 751 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the weekend I picked up a table saw. It is a simple 10 inch Craftsman table saw. I’ve read the stand isn’t the best and that some part of it isn’t great for custom jigs, but I can make the stand stable and I’ll figure out how to work around any other difficulties. It was new, in the box, and cost me $95 (another Craig’s List find). Now I’ve got to get my garage organized and carve out some work space. I put a dent in it last weekend, but I’ve got another whole day in there before I’ll have space.

I’m thinking that my first project will be a box to throw spare pieces into. Depending on how that goes, I want to make a simple workbench.

-- Nick, Los Angeles, CA

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#1 posted 09-26-2007 07:44 PM

Good for you, Nick, on getting a table saw. I have had a Craftsman saw for over 30 years, and it’s still going. I would like to have a better saw, but when it comes down to it, a better saw doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be a better woodworker.

You sure can’t go wrong for $95 for a brand new saw!

We’ll be looking forward to your posting some new projects in the near future.

Happy woodworking!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 09-26-2007 08:27 PM

Sounds like a good plan. Welcome to the slippery slope. Let us know when your ready for us to infect you with the hand tool bug?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 09-26-2007 08:30 PM

congratulations on your start as a lumberjock, although i believe the journey to being a lumberjock begins well before any tools are purchased. it is a journey of the mind and imagination first and foremost. i, too, have a old craftsman saw and yes i would like a bigger better cabinet saw but hey, it works for me. it cuts the wood and thats what matters. i’m definitely looking forward to seeing some of your projects.

Welcome to lumberjocks!

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#4 posted 09-26-2007 08:46 PM

Hi Nick,

Now you’re in real trouble! The next thing you’re going to want is a band saw, a jointner, a surface planner, and a ton or two of power and hand tools . . . a bunch of greasy stuff your wife (or significant other) won’t understand at all.

Then you’re going to start prowling around the lumber yard trying to find some wood to turn into sawdust.

It’s a terrible disease. I’ve had it for several decades and it dosen’t seem to get any better.

When you get that saw up and running, there’s a bunch of guys here who’d love to see what you’ve accomplished and have a lot of good suggestions to offer.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 09-26-2007 09:18 PM

Yes, my imagination at this point far outstretches my ability. I have lots of things that I want to make, but there are plenty of steps between here and there.

I want to make cabinets for the garage, design and build the workbench for my dad’s new house. Eventually bookshelves, entertainment center, computer desk. My girlfriend asked if I could make a dresser for her. I told her it would be a little bit.

I’m starting with the simple things though. I wish I had taken woodshop, but I’ll just read more and watch my fingers.

-- Nick, Los Angeles, CA

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 09-26-2007 09:32 PM

I’ll catch up to you later. good catch

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 09-26-2007 10:18 PM

Woodshop – Schmoodshop

If you have any skills at all you will be just fine – most important of all be safe! I used a crapsman tablesaw for a while (the $99.00 one) lots of noise, lots of vibration and every time I turned it on it walked across the shop, it will get you started I have since purchased a much better General saw and am real happy.

Oh, the crapsman? well , it still lives in my shop with a speed control and a sanding disk on it, still usefull but it will never hold a saw blade again in my shop.

You are right on the money starting with shop projects! there is no better place to learn and sharpen your skills than to build shop cabinets and workbenches ect ect. read read read and most of all be willing to listen to others when they post. there is some of the finest talent you will ever find right here on – just cruise the projects gallery and you will see what I mean. Make sure to wear shoes with no slip soles because you have indeed stepped onto a slippery slope either you will fall in love with woodworking and be a woodworker forever – always learning and stretching your abilities or you will find it dull and sell out, there doesn’t seem to be anything in between. Just wait till you pick up your first 100+ year old hand plane…..........

-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#8 posted 09-27-2007 02:35 AM

I would have to say Chris is right. If you’ve got the desire and a little bit of skill, you don’t need a large shop with all the tools. But once you get going it’s nice to get all the other stuff.

When my wife and I got married we lived in a small 2 bedroom basement apartment. I talked the landlord into letting me store a small benchtop saw, a belt sander, and a jigsaw in the tool shed. The rest, a cordless drill and some handtools lived in the extra bedroom. every time I wanted to build something I had to haul it out to the driveway to work. I still managed to build a few things.

Today my shop space isn’t much better ( a 12’ x 10’ area in the basement), but I was able to do this.

Just make the best with what you

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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