|Workshop by brianinpa||posted 03-18-2008 01:24 AM||4157 reads||0 times favorited||12 comments|
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My shop is my family’s two car garage. It doubles as both a wood shop and a mechanics shop. For 20 years I was an aircraft mechanic in the US Navy, and no matter how much I try, the tinkering mechanic rises to the surface. It could be the garden tractor, any of my cars or a family member’s car, or my Honda GoldWing that I work on.
Because of the fact that my shop serves two purposes, most of my wood working equipment is mobile. I have a Craftsman 113.29991 table saw that I acquired from my father-in-law who got it from his father. I have used several different saws in both high school and at numerous military base hobby shops and do not long for anything when it comes to the way this saw performs: it is a saw that I plan to pass on to one of my sons when I am no longer able to use it. I have enlarged the table surface to 3’ X 4’ by building a router table onto the right wing of the saw table. At the time that I took ownership of this saw it came with a rip fence that did not function correctly. I could not afford a Beismeyer or other equivalent rip fence so I turned to the library where I found a book that provided instructions on building a rip fence from plywood. This rip fence is more than I expected from a few pieces of plywood.
In addition to the table saw, I have a DeWalt Power Shop 925. I would put this saw up against ANY power miter saw. There are critics out there that talk down on a radial arm saw and claim that a power miter saw if far superior: I disagree. This saw came to me by way of my father who had bought it for $100.00 at a local auction. He didn’t use it, and I had a need for it: his loss, my gain.
I have a Powr-Kraft lathe that I really would like to use more than I do. All of my other tools all type of an older model Craftsman: Craftsman Scroll Saw, Companion Drill Press, Craftsman Bandsaw, Craftsman Planer, Craftsman Jointer and Dunlap Sander. I guess the most impressive part of my shop is that I have only spent approximately $250.00 for all of my tools.
If you notice, most of my tools have a certain age to them. That describes one of my other wood working hobbies: old woodworking machines. Just because it is old, doesn’t mean it has to be replaced. I have started the restoration of most of my Craftsman tools and that is documented in my blog. At some point I will be finished working ON the tools and begin working WITH the tools, but for now, this is just as fun. It isn’t much, but it is all I need. I guess the only real problem I have is that I have to allow my wife to park her car in it.
-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.