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This Poor Man's Workshop #2: Taming the Ol' Grizzly

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Blog entry by Paul David Soto posted 01-02-2012 01:04 AM 1224 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Good Afternoon LJ’ers,

As promised, I decided to upload a few captures of the ol’ saw. Like they say, “She ain’t pretty, but she’s paid for.” I could vouch for the fact that tablesaws are meant to be delivered not placed on the back of a pick-up and hauled for 80 miles! After a roughly one hour drive in the fog to our donor’s workshop, we finally arrived. I want to take the chance to thank my Father-In-Law Jerry for providing the means to transport the ol’ beast.

He came through when it seemed like I managed to bite off a bit more than I could chew (She’s heavy and wouldn’t fit in the back of my ol’ hatchback!). We decided to strap her to the back of his goosekneck hitch and mosey on down Highway 10 back into the dense Gulf Coast fog. All is well though. Thankfully, she made it it in one piece and we even managed to get her back off the truck bed in one piece as well. Okay, maybe two pieces (Base and Top) but who’s counting right (I’m sure I’ll pay dearly for this statement)? When you get a good deal, you can’t look at a horses teeth right? (I’m sure I totally botched that phrase up as well!) So, here she is my friends…the dangerous ol’ right handed tilt Grizzle from another time! I know, I know…I’m probably way to happy for owning such a thing but I am. It’s the only chance I’ve had to own a tablesaw and it’s finally home for the New Year. Now, I need your advice friends (Please keep it positive as I am poor, and can’t afford many tools. This is like a little boy who’s dream came true and I am very thankful to God for what He has provided). Now where did I place them bolts and that socket set?...Hummmm!

Thanks for your time and following me on yet another crazy adventure!

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah



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Dave

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 02:16 AM

An outstanding saw. True her up and let it rip. She looks green and mean. Now materials, go find some clean heavy pallets. You would be amazed at the wood that other countries use to make pallets. Get the nails out and start creating. Awesome saw.
Now you have my interest up in your location. I-10? I am up here near Jackson MS of of I-20.
As long as the motor and bearings are in good shape you have something to work with.
have fun.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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NormG

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 04:33 AM

Great saw, will be easy to set up. I never understood the right and/or left tilt thingy. I m sure there is a reason

-- Norman

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Mike R.

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 09:00 AM

awesome looking saw !

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Paul David Soto

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 07:59 PM

@Superdav721 -Thanks for the support. I’ll need to start looking aroung the shipyards for some discarded heavy pallets and see what I can find. I’m located down south in Gulf Coast near Biloxi. Kind of made Mississippi my home. There is certainly life after Katrina. Out of such trajedy emerged a community of really great folks. I’ve been up tp Jackson a few times with the wife. Her parents live up there. Perhaps we could me up sometime for a beverage. Talk some shop. Looking forward to getting the “shop” organized and ready for next spring.

@NormG – I’m pretty curious myself about the left and right tilt tables. I’ve been told that left tilt saws are better due to the positioning of the fence in relation to the blade. I think as long as I keep the fence opposite of the tilt, I should be safe. Installing a kickback safety mechanism will be my next step after truing it up. Since she is older, I will take my added precautions (safety gear, hold downs, push-blocks, riving knife, etc.). Getting familiar with her is my goal.

@Mike R. – Thanks Sir! Your post regarding the estate sale on CL is the inspiration for my blog. If I could create some decent gems as a family on a military budget, it might inspire a few others to do the same.

As always, keep providing your great insight and experiences on your respective blogs. I read them all daily. Until my next blog entry…Cheers!

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 08:01 PM

what a beauty. congrats!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Dave

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 09:25 PM

That would be great. There are 4 of us lj’s close to each other up here. We have recently meet on a joint project and had a great time, give them a look. Its open to all Mississippi lj’s. http://lumberjocks.com/MSlumberjocks

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 01:31 AM

@PurpleLev – Thanks for the support and encouragement Sir.

@Superdav721 – I see you guys are up to some colaborative projects. Let me guess, was it Mathias Wandell’s Bandsaw? Those are so cool! Friended you all. Hope to catch your blogs and projects.

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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Dave

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 03:02 AM

It’s a secret. And you are a smart woodworker. See I didn’t let the cat out of the box. They were cutting round objects today. I had to stay home teenager drama was running amuck.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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lightweightladylefty

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 08:08 AM

Paul,

It’s good to see you got the saw! A great way to start a new year!! Yours looks a whole lot cleaner than mine was! Mine was moved with the top on and totally packed with sawdust inside (as if it needed more weight)—and down a flight of stairs, too!

We can all learn from each other. I’ll be watching for your “upgrades” so maybe I can incorporate them on my Grizzly.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 01-04-2012 01:36 AM

@lightweightladylefty -Good Evening Ma’am, I’ve decided to continue cleaning her up a bit more (Much of what you see was done after picking her up) and running the much needed electrical work to power her. Unfortunately, the house I lease isn’t wired very soundly (or properly insulated at that). I hope to find a good article on making a mobile base and of course an adequate fence. I couldn’t dream of picking that beast up again (or bringing her down a case of stairs either). Perhaps I should count my blessings that I didn’t have to go through all of that to get her in here.

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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#11 posted 01-04-2012 04:51 AM

Thanks for sharing.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 01-04-2012 07:39 PM

@a1Jim – Sir, I recall when I first joined LJ and you welcomed me to the family. I have to say that it has been the inspiration to learn the trade and artform. I read the stories you shared about you and your son and it spoke to my heart. So, here I am a few months later, putting a humble shop together, and anticipating the times that my son and I will spend together making saw dust in the future. a1Jim, you have inspired me to be a woodworker and as a by-product a better dad, and for that I pray for you daily. Kind Regards and Blessing, Paul

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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Mike R.

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 12:32 AM

I wasn’t sure many people read that thing to be honest but hey im glad , i wrote it because i was so excited and here we are however much time it’s been and that saw still cuts like a dream (saw blade needs some sharpening though)

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