|Workshop by Dave||posted 06-27-2011 01:20 AM||1851 reads||0 times favorited||12 comments|
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My “shop” shares an unheated garage with 2 cars, 4 bikes, yard equipment, and a lot of boxes & shelves. Staying organized is key. So is having everything on wheels. I’m working on a plan that’ll make better use of the space. In the meantime, I spend a lot of time rolling things around.
I’ve been woodworking now for 2 years but last summer I broke my collarbone playing ball so there’s not much to show in the way of projects yet. My first major purchase was a Ridgid 4510LS portable table saw. That little guy gave me the woodworking bug. What a great first saw. I quickly learned, though, that as much as you can do with a table saw, you really need a router to get anything remotely fancy built (at least as a beginner). So, off to Woodcraft for a Porter Cable 893pk. Like many here, I was frustrated by the plunge base, but as a former Mechanical Engineer, I love to tinker – so I took it as a challenge. I took the thing completely apart and decided the main issue was that a bushing catching on the plunge guide. So, a little filing and sanding, and I was back in business. The thing has run like a charm ever since.
My next purchase was a Delta 50-760 dust collector, followed shortly by a DeWalt DW765 planer. I’ve already burned through one side of the included blades after planing some yellow pine – knots aren’t kind to these blades. I’m thinking about upgrading to a Byrd Shelix head at some point because I’ve heard a lot of good things…one thing at a time, though.
My next big acquisition was a Delta 37-275X 6” jointer. Now I finally had the tools to dress my own wood and stop spending my hard-earned dollars at the borg on warped S4S stock!
Now I’m in the process of upgrading our garage space and a router table is in the works…Before starting, though, I bought a Festool TS 55eq plunge circular saw, because cutting 4×8 sheets by yourself on a portable contractor saw would be an exercise in sheer terror – if not plain old stupidity.
As you can see, I’m still early in my woodworking life. I’m collecting tools as fast as I can afford them and trying to make sure the learning curve stays ahead of the clutter I’m making in the garage. LumberJocks has been a great resource as I’ve lurked here for the past couple of years. I’m looking forward to posting some projects of my own.
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