|Workshop by John Steffen||posted 1513 days ago||1029 reads||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I’m just starting to getting serious about woodworking, and have been afforded the opportunity to spend some money (about $2700) on equipment.
I start off having a few decent things in the shop that you get from being a home owner… A full set of wrenches, drivers, and sockets, a few drills, circular saw, and I even convinced the lady to let me get a DeWalt sliding miter saw along the way.
I’ve been shopping around for a couple months and have a pretty good idea of what I’m getting into. I’ve looked locally at what the box stores have, and while the price was definitely right, I don’t think I would get my money’s worth. I checked out the local Woodworkers Shop in the next town over, and they have the nice stuff (SawStop, Festool, etc). Unfortunately I don’t think I could get a lot of bang for my buck with them as a table saw alone could drain the bank. Finally I decided that I’d go with Grizzly on my larger items. I’ve read some good reviews about them (and a couple bad ones) but I figure I can get some above average quality stuff for an outstanding price.
So far I’ve got a cabinet saw (G1023SLWX) which is still in my dad’s fancy heated workshop, and the new picture shows the rolling base he fabricated for it. I’ve also got a (G0689) 13” Planer, a (G7946) Radial Drill Press, and a (G0654) 6” x 46” Jointer.
The next steps to having a real shop will be to re-wire my 3 stall garage for 220 (going to put up all new wiring to have plenty of outlets of 110 and 220. Then this summer I will hopefully get it cleared out, insulated, drywalled and have a new wall put up separating her stall from the other two.
The girlfriend already has a couple projects lined up for me, and I’m lucky to have her support in a hobby. She wants a entry-way bench with coat hangers which needs to have lots of storage for shoes and other entry-way items. I’m also planning to build new kitchen cabinets for our house in the next few years when we do the big kitchen remodel.
I’m looking forward to posting some projects and ideas I have worked up on paper or in SketchUp, and giving some pictures of when my shop gets going.
-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL