Yes, at some point, I hope to have a workshop for real. In the mean time, I’m stuck using my back porch. So, as such, I figured I needed to have a plan. Since my fellow LumberJocks have always been so great at offering tweaks and suggestions, I figured I would get some no BS critiques here that will help me refine my plan.
As stated in a previous blog, I’ve decided to skip the table saw and go with a bandsaw. I just didn’t see any way around the bandsaw, but found alternate ways to do just about everything the table saw would do (to some extent). Now, this will make the bandsaw the “central” tool in my workshop. After a good bit of reading, I’m now leaning a little bit more toward either the Rigid 14” from HD or the Delta 14” from Lowe’s. The Delta has the inside track, mostly because of the staff at Lowe’s. It’ll need to be on a movable base so I can put it into the locked storage room.
Now, for the rest!
First and foremost is my workbench. See Chris Scwarz’s Roubo design. I’m going to build it with a leg vise and a twin screw vise on the end. I had thought about using one of Veritas’ connected twin screws, but have decided against it. Not just because it’s much more expensive, but because I want the twin screw to handle irregular pieces.
Next is tool storage. I figured first I’ll bang together a joiner’s chest. Some here has a very cool one that I plan to rip off…err…emulate ;). I’ve got a crate that is currently housing my hand tools that can store power tools just fine (the ones I don’t have cases for anyways). These should all lock and be heavy as hell hopefully. That way they stay my tools (the good sized and aggressive dog should help as well ;) ).
Now, this is the interesting part. I came across a plane for a cabinet with removable shelves that is designed to house bench top tools like planers, miter saws, etc. So, I figure that’s what I’ll do as well. I can build stands that accept these “shelves” as table tops and just switch them out as needed. I know I’ll need one for my miter saw, and one for a planer (that I don’t have at this point) and probably a drill press (depending on the weight). Possibly a top for a router table, or even a bench top router table. As for what else, I’m not sure. Maybe a oscillating spindle sander at some point, but not right now. Again, this cabinet will be locked.
In time, I also plan on building my dream tool chest (while typing this, I started to type “cool” chest…which would be appropriate too I guess ;) ). This will be a tall chest that can house hand tools and handheld power tools just fine. Again, this will lock, but it will also look like fine furniture.
All of this will be somewhat protected from the elements by one of those pop-up gazebo things until I can get a shop built (and the shop may well be built before the dream tool chest is built). While less than ideal, this is what I’ve got. However, the only real henderance to really good work is the moisture levels here in GA. We don’t exactly have a “dry” season, but I need to check the variance from indoors to outdoors to see how big of an issue I’m facing. It could make things interesting.
So, now that I’ve laid it out for you, what do you think? Any suggestions will be considered, obviously ;)
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!