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This is a running post that I will update every so often to include new tools that have been added to my shop. I’m leaving the older posts so that I can go back and see where I began in woodworking, which is why I joined Lumberjocks. The pictures will be of the current state of my shop.

September 2012

Since my original post, I’ve added a few things to my shop. First, a new friend sent me a Craftsman router and B&D mouse sander along with a few other small things. Second, another close friend of mine gave me a Craftsman table saw and a Ridgid drill press that had been sitting for a few years in his basement. So, the last couple of months I have been very blessed indeed.

July 4, 2012 (Week of)

I don’t have a real shop yet. It’s just a worktable in my garage with no real storage for anything. I have big plans, though.

We’re planning on eventually closing the garage in to make an extra entertainment room, so I’ll have to actually build a shop in the backyard at that point, I guess. I have no construction experience and I’m new to woodworking, so I’m sure that will be an interesting experience.

You can see in the pictures that I can just about fit all my tools on the 4’ by 4’ work table. I got the plans for the table from The top of the worktable is OSB that I found at a yard sale for free (Couldn’t afford a top when I built the table. Still can’t afford a top.) I made the stool out of the scrap from the table. I wanted to try something with angles. It’s not pretty. It basically looks like a mini sawhorse, but it works as a shop stool. It’ll do for now.

I have all my bits, screwdrivers, hammers, mechanic tools and such in the black Waterloo tool chest (Christmas present). There is a Porter Cable 150psi pancake air compressor under the table I got from my dad.

On the table you will see:

- Ryobi 10” compound miter saw (my dad upgraded & gave me his old one.)
- Ryobi 5” random orbiting sander (40 bucks)
- Black & Decker variable speed jig saw (gift from my wife)
- Irwin quick grip clamps (gift from my wife)
- Several no-name plastic spring clamps attached to the leg
- 2 pipe clamps I found at a yard sale ($5)
- Porter cable finishing nailer (from my dad. Hiis old one. Came with the compressor.)
- Craftsman 12 volt drill (got this in 2004 for my man-shower before I got married)
- Some random bits that I put in some drilled holes in a piece of wood
- 2 granite tiles I plan on using for scary sharp (5 bucks each)
- Spray adhesive and some 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper (for scary sharp)
- Combination square (my first purchase when I decided to pick up woodworking)
- Irwin Marples chisels ($30 from Amazon. I used rewards points to get these.)
- A miter backsaw (found for 5 bucks without the miter box).

I also have the Rigid shop vac from my father-in-law for Christmas a few years back.

So, not much to see yet. I’ve mentioned before that my woodworking budget is pretty much nil, so I’ll just have to add a little bit at a time.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#1 posted 12-08-2012 04:20 PM

Looks like a good shop!

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 04:45 PM

Looks like it’s all coming together nicely.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 11:30 PM

Good stuff. I have the same granite squares and the same Marple chisels. Ohhh and they’re sharp

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 06:19 PM

It coming right along very kewl

What kind of music do you play, what instrument you play

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 10:25 AM

Mcoyfrog: I play the piano, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar. I can play drums, but I don’t have a set anymore to practice.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 05:45 PM

Very Kewl, I make and play tongue drums but I just do it for myself I’m not a musician or anything LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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