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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.

Thanks for stopping in.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 03:27 AM

Dave, you have a good looking shop. The windows are a big plus in my book since they let both air and natural light into your shop. It also looks like you have your shop well organized and have put together a nice collection of tools.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed taking a look at your shop.

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

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 05:56 AM

Hey Dave, I am 3 months into woodworking and I wanted to ask you how you like your dust collector? I live in OKC and the wind blows hard out here and I’m tired of cleaning shop every night before I go to bed. Shop looks great.

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#3 posted 06-27-2011 04:17 PM

Looks like a real nice shop. I enjoyed the tour and reading your explanation of your shop. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 01:16 AM

Hey Lance – I like it, but it may not save you as much sweeping as you think. With the saw I have, using the DC is a little like trying to rake leaves during a windstorm. The dust goes everyplace but out the dust port. With the planer and the jointer, it works great, though, and it’s also pretty quiet.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 04:28 PM

Dave, thats a nice shop.

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#6 posted 07-01-2011 10:18 AM

Hey Dave,
Nice airy natural lighted shop with lots of goodies…well done.

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#7 posted 08-04-2011 08:09 AM

Dave, shop looks good. Im in Sagamore Hills. If you ever need some rough sawn lumber- let me know. Looked like i seen the dog cut outs for a nice big workbench in the making- in ur backround.


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#8 posted 08-06-2011 04:18 AM

Thanks James – I may take you up on the rough-sawn lumber offer and you do see a workbench in progress. It was going to be last summer’s project but it got sidelined after the broken collarbone.

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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#9 posted 08-13-2011 03:11 AM

Nice shop. Love the natural light and cool breezes. Makes for a pleasant woodworking experience. Enjoy.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#10 posted 01-08-2013 04:08 AM

Where’s the picture of your sawstop?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#11 posted 01-08-2013 04:43 AM

Hey Dave, Check out infinity blades for your dewalt planer. I bought some a year ago and never went back to the stock ones.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#12 posted 01-09-2013 12:02 AM

Thanks for the tip, Rob! I’ll definitely do that!

-- "I'm not afraid of heights. I'm afraid of widths." - Steven Wright

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