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Workshop by matt garcia posted 05-09-2008 03:20 AM 2912 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Well here is where it all began!! I had 3 guitars at that time. My 2001 Gibson Les Paul Standard, my 2003 Jackson SL1, and my Fender Strat. I wanted to start woodworking, but I was in a financial deficit part of my life. I couldn’t sell my Jackson, plays too well. And the thought of ever being without my Gibson Les Paul Standard has never crossed my mind. That left the Fender. I loved it, and it played exceptionally well… butter. The problem with it is that it wouldn’t stay in tune. It had a tremelo, and everytime you would use it, the guitar would go out of tune. Didn’t have that problem with my Jackson. That is one solid instrument. So off I went to Guitar Center with my Strat in hand. I had found my Delta Contractor saw on Amazon for $400.00. When they offered my $650.00, I took it!
The first pic is of my Delta tablesaw/Rockler router table extension, and a Rockler/JessEm Router Lift FX. The only thing else I’ve done to my tablesaw is to add cast iron table wings, for a completely flat, stable table top. Next pic is my pair of 14” bandsaws. Next is my Delta 13” planer. Next is my awesome 8” Grizzly Jointer with carbide inserted spiral cutterhead. In the background is my awesome Leigh D4R jig. Next is my Jet oscillating spindle sander, and finally my new Jet 16-32 drum sander.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 05-09-2008 03:24 AM

Reminds me of my garage shop! Nice looking table saw setup.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 04:27 AM

nice setup!
I’ve been eyeing a Jet bandsaw for a while now, just don’t have the cash… any regrets on yours? I’ve been thinking that perhaps I should get the 16” when I get one.

seems we have the same background in woodworking. I never had anymore than what was offered in jr & high school.

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#3 posted 05-09-2008 05:08 AM

Thanks Gary, and Darryl!! I have no regrets about any tool that works great. I bought my Jet new at Rockler when it was on sale, and promotion. I also received a Rockler gift card when I bought it, and a small Wilton vise. The Grizzly is another story. I was looking for another bandsaw to cut contours, since before then I was changing the blade. I saw an ad on Craigslist for a bandsaw, and went out to see it. The guy had bought it brand new, used it for 6 months, and then suddenly died. It was still in warranty, and I got it for $300.00. It ended up being Grizzly’s Ultimate 14” bandsaw!! I think it is a better bandsaw than the Jet. It came with ball bearing guides stock, and when I first used it I realized I needed ball bearing guides on the Jet. It definetly has more power than the Jet. Both are made in Taiwan.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 11:45 AM

Hi Matt,

You have a nice shop and it appears to be well organized. I really like your table saw set-up.

Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting.

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

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 06:34 PM

A nice looking shop.

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 02:16 AM

You are set up and good to go. Great shop!

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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matt garcia

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#7 posted 05-13-2008 03:44 AM

Thanks guys!! Can one of you guys arrange a 5 month long cold front, so I can go use my tools??

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 05-14-2008 12:58 AM

Good to see a well used shop Matt.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 03:42 AM

I cant do that Matt :)

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#10 posted 04-06-2009 01:54 AM

Nice shop. I like the duplicate bandsaws.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#11 posted 11-15-2010 05:57 AM

Nice work space and some awesome tool, you should be able to make some real nice sawdust. Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#12 posted 06-05-2011 05:22 AM

Nice equipment bud. Very nice shop.

-- Shop's too small :( ... hey the decks pretty big :)!!!

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#13 posted 06-05-2011 02:21 PM

Matt, your shop is very nice and you have some beautiful equipment. It looks like it wood be a joy to work in your shop.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 03-12-2016 01:20 AM

Gr8 shop, and nicely equipped. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust.

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

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