Many of the LJ contributers are small shops like mine. It occured to me that not even the smallest shop comes with a small price tag. Four years ago when I started my “small shop” it started with a router and circular saw. I made a custom table so the circular saw could make fast repetive cuts. It was only a matter of weeks before I desided I needed a table saw.
The table saw was actually a Jet bench top table saw that sat on 4 legs. It was only a matter of weeks before I desided that the Jet saw was to light duty, and unsafe for cutting large sheets of plywood or for cross cutting wide boards. I desided that I needed a contractors saw.
The contractors saw sits in my shop today. It meets most of my needs. But after a few weeks I desided that the blade that came with the saw was not good enough. I bought a high end blade that cost 1/5 th the cost of the saw itself. Sure would be nice to have a miter saw, but I compromised by buying a miter for the table saw instead.
Weeks later I saw a 10” miter saw at a big box store for only 40 bucks. Of course I bought it! But it came with no blade, so I bought a cheap blade for the cheap miter saw. A couple weeks later I knew that I had to have a high end blade, after all the cheap saw made really nice mitered corners. By the way, are those cob webs on my table saw miter? Hummm….
Since that time it has been drills, planers, jointers, clamps, blades, more routers, router bits, clamps, drill bits, planer blades, sand paper, sanders, clamps, router tables, bicuit joiners, biscuits, clamps, kreg jig, bench sanders, mortising jig, clamps, table saw sleds, dove tail jigs, dedicated routers, clamps, sliding miter saw, soft wood screws, hard wood screws, clamps, hinges , mortising jig for hinges, dowel pin jigs, dowel pin drill bits, clamps, dado blades, sharpening stones, card scrapers, chisels, clamps, calipers, layout tools, pencils (5 cents each), bruches (10 buks each), and now I’ve desided that I need more and better hand tools. Also could use a couple of clamps.
Freinds, you have all experienced this, and I never mentioned the wood, books, magazines, or time it takes to
craft our projects and skills. You maybe a master cabinet maker like Jim1, or a weekend warrior like Michael C, but by no means have I encountered a small shop on LJ’s.
-- Bob Kenosha Wi.