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Workshop by inmysparetime posted 01-13-2011 07:34 PM 1694 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I started by building a bench and buying some tools. The only spot in the basement with good enough lighting was over by the furnace so I’m very careful about vacuuming up my dust. Luckily every time the filter is cleaned there is hardly any sawdust to speak of. My tools were bought with price as the main motivating factor. Since I didn’t know whether I would be any good at this I just wanted something that would get the job done. I think I got everything at either Lowes, Home Depot or Harbor Freight Tools and they’ve been purchased over the last year. This list is in order of when I got them and as for models, just the most basic.
Black and Decker Random Orbit Sander
Hitachi Miter Saw with Laser
Ryobi 18V ONE+ Tools – Two drills, jig saw, circular saw, right angle drill, rotary cutter
Skil 10” Table Saw
Craftsman Combo Base Router
Porter Cable Planer
Porter Cable Jointer
Kreg K4 Pocket Hole Jig
Drill Press ($60)
Dewalt Variable Speed Belt Sander (Big Time)

The pictures are taken in a clockwise movement around my shop.
Pic #1 is of the workbench I built off the concrete wall so it’s solid and pretty darn level. My basement floor is not level so it’s tough to figure out if a project has a rock to it or if it’s just the floor.
Pic #2 shows an old desk I’ve had in my basement in all 4 houses I’ve lived in since I was 8. It used to be in my Dad’s office and it’s not solid, thus the upgraded bench. I also attached peg board to the concrete and used French Cletes to hold some shelves and a parallel clamp rack. The project I’m working on in this pic is a hall table for my neighbor to match the one I built for my place. I’m applying the edge banding to the plywood as well. It’s a mission style, but made with a mix of douglas fur, pine and plywood so it’s just getting a few coats of furniture paint when I’m done.
Pic #3 is a shop table I made out of plywood and bolted my jointer and drill press to.
Pic #4 is another plywood table that I used for small staining projects but mostly glue-ups. One end of the table is covered in wax paper and packing tape. The project in the works on the table is for a cribbage board I’m making my dad. I tried to glue the pieces at an angle to maximize the material for when I make the 60 degree angle cuts to make an arrow pattern. When you glue them square I find there is just too much wasted on the cut offs.
Pic #5 is a funny story; I took an old corner tv cabinet that was going to be thrown away because our new house didn’t have any good corners for a tv. It makes a great planer stand with storage above and below.
Pic #6 is of a temporary solution to a constant problem of dust from the miter saw. It’s a cheap saw so the dust port doesn’t do anything even with the vacuum attached now it just shoots into the sheet and it does a pretty good job of catching it. A couple good shakes and it falls to the floor and I can vacuum it up. My table saw is kept in the garage where dust is less of an issue an can simply be blown out with the leaf blower when I’m done.

-- Mike from Mass

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 11:23 PM

Mike, how about sharing some pictures of your shop when you get the opportunity to post them? Shop tours are always an interesting post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 05:43 AM

Pictures would be nice… but I’m sorry to hear you only have a little saw dust which tells me you aren’t having a whole lot of fun down in your workshop. Of course, when I 1st started working wood, I was busy raising 4 sons and being involved up to my neck with the Boy Scout program here in Greenville NH (not to far from Sutton [our son #3 lives in Hudson Ma.]. Oh yea… I remember now… I also use to work a full time + job. It’s great you have an interest in woodworking because it’s a great hobby. I’m self taught and still learning. Over the years I progressed to a wood cutter, hacker, weekend warrior,amateur, woodworker and now I’m a craftsman. I’m still dreaming of being a master cabinet maker. My only advise is to slow down on buying your tools. Save your money and only buy good quality tools and spend time learning. The best part about my retirement is that I’ve been learning.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 06:09 AM

Hey Mike,
Pics needed here.

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#4 posted 04-06-2017 10:15 AM

Mike, you have a really nice shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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