Upgrading my shop! #3: My new (used) jointer and the beginning of my Mitersaw station.

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Blog entry by Kevin posted 03-26-2012 03:12 AM 2294 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Jointer Table is finished Part 3 of Upgrading my shop! series Part 4: Quick and cheap router table »

My biggest problem is I try to do to many things at one time cause I can never decide what to work on 1st. Now that the old Craftsman benchtop jointer I was working on is finished I decided to start on my new mitersaw station. I’m on a pretty tight budget right now so the mitersaw station is being built out of 3/4 in plywood from an old set of cabinets that I tore apart. It was a nice suprise to find that the entire cabinet was 3/4 in thich ply. As you can see in the pictures it is still pretty rough, but coming along nicely. I still have to add 1/4 in. plywood to the back and add shelving inside. When finished with construction I’m gonna paint the cabinet and apply hardwood edging to the tabletop.

The jointer is a Bridgewood BW6R that my brother picked up for me from cl in his area. I’ve been looking for a floor model 6 in. jointer for sometime that I could afford, and he finally found one for me (thanks Ryan). I’m not too worried about Bridgewood being out of business, seems like they were very good machines, and the distributer has reopened under CH Wilke inc. and I hear they have many of the parts for the Bridgewood machines. I’m still gonna keep the Craftsman I cleaned up and built the stand for. I’ll just use it for the smaller stuff.

Thanks for looking.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 07:28 PM

i tell ya my floor model jointer has changed my work for the better. No longer fighting for crisp clean edges and a flat face has been awesome. Good luck on the mods!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 08:48 PM

The miter station is coming along very nicely. As for the jointer…..You’re welcome!!! Can’t wait to see all your upgrades.

-- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 11:02 PM

Kevin. when I finish extending my shop to have more floor space,that’s one of the many improvements that I plan on. I get tired of moving my miter saw around the shop when I need it, [it sits on the floor a majority of the time]so a permanent stand will be great.

-- Rodman

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 02:50 AM

Chrisstef, I can’t wait to start using it I’m sure it’s gonna change my work for the better as well. Thanks Ryan a couple more days and you can see it in person. Rodman, yeah same here I was always moving that poor saw around. I made the dimensions of this workstation so that an 8 foot board can lay across the left bench to be able to cut just the end off, also if I cut a 8 footer in half a 4 foot piece will rest on the right hand bench. It takes up more room than the type with folding tables but I can definetly use the storage under the bench as well. Good luck extending the shop, hope it goes well.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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