|Workshop by David Craig||posted 11-24-2009 12:29 AM||2858 reads||0 times favorited||20 comments|
My shop is still a little on the cluttered side. I have made vast improvements over the last couple of years. It was a pretty dark and scary looking basement at first. I fixed a couple of the florescent fixtures down there and added some clip lights around the work area. The wiring around the ceiling really needs to be cleaned up. The previous owners did not understand that wires should go through the joists not left hanging everywhere. Future project for me. I was able to tap into the dedicated dishwasher circuit and add a dedicated outlet box for the power tools. When the dishwasher is not running, I know I have the full circuit for whatever I am running.
I purchased the RS3660 Ridgid tablesaw at the beginning of the year and the Jet benchtop combo jointer/planer last month. The Ridgid replaced a Craftsmen economy model that I learned to hate :) I am still getting familiar with the Jet planer/jointer. I had some knife slippage while running that gives me some concern. I was able to resurface some reclaimed lumber rather well and I hope things will become “plainer on the planer” after some more use.
The hand tool rack I made by screwing some pegboard on to an old reel tape rack that was in the trash at my workplace. Old printer stands make good portable benchs so have a few in the corners of my basement shop. I have two benches downstairs, one large one for assembly and bench tool use, the other for assembly of small craft projects. Benchtop tools include the 9” Ryobi bandsaw. I won’t be resawing lumber with it but it works fairly well and has nice features for a benchtop. I also have a 12” Ryobi Mitersaw where I began my experiments in self destruct..err.. I mean woodworking. I picked up the Delta variable speed 6 inch grinder for sharpening chisels but still have not gotten the hang of that.
Harbor Freight tools include the lathe pictured, a benchtop belt sander and a 5 speed benchtop drillpress. I tried cutting holes to house wheels for a toy train for my oldest through the wide section of 2×4. After my attempts to make level holes with a hand drill made me cry, I went out looking for a hand drill guide. The guide was listed for 20 bucks the drill press was on sale for 30. Hmmm, I went with the drill press. Haven’t regretted that purchase yet.
I have a couple of Craftsman routers and a HF plunge router, plus the Ridgid 5.5 am palm trimmer. I picked up Ridgid’s 18v drill/driver with a free impact driver in the bag. Apparently I have become a fan of Ridgid tools of late. Aside from that, I have the usual assortment of sanders, handtools, and misc. common to all woodshops. I look forward to the day when I clean everything up and put in some cabinets and some decent dust collection but, until then, I am happy with the improvements made and I will keep plugging along.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.