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Blog entry by lumberjoe posted 01-19-2013 06:58 PM 1303 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally got two of the last outstanding things I needed to complete the major part of my shop. I will never have enough tools – but there is one big one outstanding that I am picking up in a few hours.

The other one was delivered yesterday – a 15 cubic yard dumpster, and yes it ls almost full. The previous owners of our house were hoarders. Can you believe this is the SECOND 15 yard dumpster filled from a 20×20 garage? I’ve got one more corner to clean out. It’s going to be so much nicer. My work area now was about 8’x10’ because of all the trash


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#1 posted 01-19-2013 07:03 PM

wow o_O

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 07:40 PM

Man o man what a job.

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 08:27 PM

Hey, I want that wheel barrow :-)

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 08:49 PM

Dude! That chair looks “usable” :-)

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#5 posted 01-19-2013 09:14 PM

you’ll feel like you added on to your shop now!!!

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 09:35 PM

Purging is such a great feeling…..
Just ask any anorexic!!!

Now you can feed your tool/machine gluttony!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 11:07 PM

Don, that’s not a wheel barrow, that’s an old red oak dining chair I found buried in the trash pile. It’s anything but “usable”. The seat completely delaminated and is in 4 pieces. If I wasn’t in my indiscriminate purge mode, I would have salvaged it for wood, but I already have a wood storage problem.

I already feel like I added space. My lathe and drill press finally got moved against the wall. Yesterday there was 12 feet of trash between them and the wall. Tomorrow I am going to re-arrange everything and assemble my bandsaw – the final missing link. I won’t need any more stationary power tools until I upgrade something I have.

It seems my wife is more into the workshop than I thought. She said she was going shoe shopping but came home with this:

I am under strict orders that she has to be the first person to use iit, which is OK with me since I don’t really have any interest in scrolling at the moment


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#8 posted 01-19-2013 11:17 PM

Step 1 – purge
Step 2 – organize
Step 3 – buy new tool
Step 4 – repeat

Sounds just about perfect to me. Enjoy!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 11:21 PM

Step 3 kind of came before step 2, but I want to see what kind of footprint I need for the bandsaw and then I will organize accordingly. I can also finally get started on my workbench. I think the pile of lumber is taking up more room than the bench will.

I’m super excited to set up my new bandsaw! I have been cursing at just about every project I have made saying “this would be SO MUCH EASIER with a bandsaw!!!!”, so now that problem is fixed. It will have to wait until tomorrow though, I have to assemble and set up the wife’s toy tonight.


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#10 posted 01-20-2013 05:25 PM

And here it is. I debated over bandsaws for almost a year. I was just about sold on the Rikon 10-325, but I could not justify it for my needs over the Craftsman 14” (which is really the Rikon 10-320). Thanks to some special discounts, I was able to take this out of the store for about 310$.
1 hp continuous, 3/4” blade capacity, 8” resaw height and a really nice, flat cast iron table. I was expecting an assembly nightmare, but this literally took me an hour doing it all myself – and that includes squaring and leveling the table. I ordered a few Timberwolf blades earlier, and I also got the fence from the Rikon 10-325 which is a direct bolt on.
And yes, i need a better way to stack all of that ash and walnut.


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#11 posted 01-20-2013 06:02 PM

It’s hard to ever have enough room. However, if I’m reading you right it sounds like you are bout to double your. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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