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I have been interested in woodworking for a while now, but it’s a hobby in quite a few hobbies that I have. Overlanding, Mountain Biking, Camping, Hunting, Electronics (Raspberry Pi, Arduino projects), Halloween Haunter, Scale Modeler just to name a few. Anyhow, that lead to an anemic shop unfortunately. I have, however, decided to shed a few hobbies and put more focus on woodworking… well, soon at least. We are getting ready to buy a house in August (2018) and once we have settled in that new house, I plan on investing a bit more into this hobby.

My shop is a mess at the moment. I’ll upload new images when I get things cleaned up.

Table Saw: The most unsafe table saw (I believe) in existence. The Hitachi C10FR Jobsite Table Saw. I bought it new about 12 years ago and although I have been wanting to upgrade it since I bought it, it just never happened.

Circular Saw: I mention this saw because I believe I use this more than the table saw. I have a Skillsaw Mag77 worm drive. I use it with a track saw jig made from particle board. I should build a new one, but it’s still working great, even after 3 years of use.

Miter Saw: I have the Bosch 12” Axial Glide GCM12SD saw. This is one of the first tools that I have that I have no interest in upgrading. Partly due to the fact that this is one heck of a miter saw as it is. I absolutely love it. Right now I’m using it on top of an old filing cabinet and one of my first projects in the new house will be a miter saw station.

Jointer: I have a Grizzly 6” Jointer G1182 that I found on Craigslist that I got for just $130. It needed a little tlc to get the blades sharp and lined up just right. I ordered a few missing pieces. It’s does a great job at getting boards flat. If (when) I upgrade, it’ll be to a 8” jointer.

Planer: I have a lunch box style DeWalt DW734 12-1/2” Thickness planer. It works really well. I don’t think I have an immediate need to upgrade this as of yet. Perhaps when I have all my other dream tools.

Sortimo Style Organizer: It’s tiring having hardware laying everywhere and not being able to find what your looking for. So I built a sortimo style organizer with Harbor Freight organizers. It’s big enough for growth and sits on pretty good castors. I also put french cleats on the back and sides to hold various high use items. My DIY Sortimo Storage Rack Video

Router: Porter Cable 895PK fixed/plunge based router. I’m not a fan of full sized routers for hand held procedures, so the plan is to mount this router to a table and get a trim router for hand held functions.

Other (not worthy of their own sections): Harbor Freight osculating spindle sander, biscuit jointer, scroll saw, DeWalt impact and hammer drill, Ryobi jigsaw, Black & Decker jigsaw, DeWalt 5” RO sander, 16Gal Craftsman ShopVac w/ DIY dust extractor, 1.5Gal ShopVac (dedicated to miter saw).

-- Eric, Mesa AZ.,

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#1 posted 05-03-2018 03:41 PM

pictures or it did not happen PLEASE :<))
Welcome 2 LJ’s

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 05-04-2018 02:01 PM

Looks like you have what you need in order to accomplish many projects. Welcome to LumberJocks.

P.S. The Mag 77 is a fine saw, wouldn’t mind having one myself!


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#3 posted 05-04-2018 02:53 PM

very nice shop thanks for pictures :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 05-05-2018 04:48 PM

Great shop. Keep in mind all shops are a work in progress. In my opinion, you are doing it the right way, get the type of tool you need for what you can afford, use it, formulate your opinion of what you really want from it, do your research as you are saving for it, then get what you want! Most of us have done it that way. You have a great start and know where you are going…thanks for showing.

-- Mike

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 05-05-2018 05:14 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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