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Not much to write about here. Just starting my shop at my new home. The basement was in bad shape because the previous owners kept a huge dog down there. He tore up the walls and and the basement really stunk when we moved it. I’ve pressure washed it, sealed the concrete, and painted some of the wood. I’m not putting a lot of more money into it because we don’t plan on staying here very long. Maybe another year or two.

I’ll be putting pictures up as I buy some new tools. Right now, I have mostly hand tools and some hand-held power tools. The drill press is a Jet JET JDP-17MF 16.5” The Radial arm was given to me for free and it’s a Craftsman 10” 113.197751. I’m using my bro’s table saw until I get my own.

Next tool to buy: Grizzly G0656PX 8” Jointer

I’ve been practicing hand-cut dovetails, that’s why I have the chisels/saw and what not on the table top. Also, I’ve been playing with aniline dyes, so that’s why I have some samples of different “recipes” I’ve been concocting.

Yes, that is 4 pieces of MDF on top of my tool chest as a work bench. I don’t want to build my workbench until I have my vise hardware, and that’s pretty pricey… But the weight of the MDF on the toolbox (and having it strapped to the wall) is heavy enough to not move when I’m sawing or chiseling. Any questions?

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 04:24 PM

Hey Chris,
Any pics would be nice.

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 07:16 PM

Chris, I am also looking forward to taking a tour of your shop when you get ready to post some pictures. Buying tools to get a shop up and running is always an exciting time. Expensive yes, but well worth it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 06:11 AM

Chris, I would say that is a pretty good start to a shop. I actually like the idea of the tool box workbench, certainly gives you plenty of space for conveinent storage.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 09:03 AM

Hey Chris,
Now that shop has lots of potential and you have some nice toys top play with….take your time with the new work bench project….its the heart of your shop.

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 07:39 PM

Hey Chris,
Welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ll find the site to be quite addicting, but you know that already.
I’m in McDonough also. Look me up sometime.


-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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#6 posted 03-30-2011 07:46 PM

Chris, I think that you have a real nice shop. It looks like you have plenty of room and also some nice tools and equipment. Good job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 03-30-2011 07:51 PM

Lots to like about you! Starting with wooden clamps and a RAS. Great in my book.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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