|Workshop by David Smith||posted 01-03-2017 12:30 PM||420 reads||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I share my workshop space with my wife’s car. I decided to set up the workshop semi-permanently on my side of the garage. Everything is mobile so I can get my pickup in the garage when the weather gets bad.
I’ve thought about getting a cabinet saw, but it’s too much trouble getting it delivered in my neighborhood (I have a friend who had a nightmare experience with this that involved two Jet planers from two different distributors a number of semi-trucks, and one truck that delivered the second planer as close as the end of their driveway and couldn’t get it to the shop. He’s back to using his portable Dewalt). With a good—slightly modified—aftermarket fence, an Incra miter, and Freud thin blades, my hybrid saw works fine for me.
My band saw has a Craftsman nameplate, but (at least at that time) was made by Rikon. It would have been cool to have the Rikon name on the saw, but not for double the money (please don’t burst my bubble by telling me they are not the same—I refuse to believe it).
I used to have a Jet dust collection system with all the ductwork and blast gates and bells and whistles. Now I use a Dust Deputy with a 6.5 horsepower shop vac. It is centrally located in the shop and on wheels, so it takes about as much time to unhook and hook the hose as it used to take to close (“which tool did I use last?) and open blast gates. I think it does a better job (although you wouldn’t know it by the look of my shop).
My collection of clamps fits the adage ‘you can’t have enough clamps.’ I actually ran out on a project once.