Shop #1: Starting up

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Blog entry by mcgriffith posted 03-12-2012 03:22 PM 6853 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Over the years, I ahve had many tools, from woodworking items to things for non-woodworking – genereally to fix stuff around the house and etc….

My shop is rather small, in the garage, and I have 1 electrical plugin. I am in the process of building a workbench, but that got put on hold while I built a nightstand for my Father-in-law.

I have a new Ryobi Table Saw, which I bought after the little one I had had the rip fnce break on me. I am now trying to sell the old one but noone wants it – they say they want it, I email them to make arrangements to see it and they dont show up—Dont use Craigs List, I ahve had bad luck using it.

I have my tools all over the shop, layed out on tables which are make shift ones at best – a board layed over trash cans etc… Eventually I will get my workbench built and I will be able to put some of the tools away properly. I also want to build a tool cabinet on the wall for the hand tools.

I want to find a new home for the lawnmower and stuff so that I dont need to move that stuff everytime I work in the garage.

Earlier, in a post, I mentioned that I was getting a bandsaw. I got it today, it has 2 broken parts I will have to fix and I plan to clean it up and refurbish it a bit, mainly just clean it up and get it working well. That is Eventually I will get it fixed up.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 03:43 PM

Don’t let a couple of bad experiences dissuade you. Myself and many others have had great luck selling things on Craigslist. Craigslist is just like society, mostly good people and a few shitheads. You just had a run of bad luck.

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 04:50 PM

If its one of those little bench models, one suggestion might be to turn it into a disk sander. Just a thought.

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 05:37 PM

What make / model saw is it, and what broke on the fence? Most table saw fences are fairly easy to fix. I have done mine after being stupid and dropping it on the concrete floor…

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 05:55 PM

dbhost, it was part of the bracket that holds the fence to the table. I looked online to try to find parts, but I was not able to find any. It is a Pro Tech 10” saw model 4008 I think. I was not able to find the model anywhere.

Gregn: I had not thought of that Idea, it would sure make a good one I think. I may just do that. with the new (old bandsaw) I was given, I would then have 3 power tools on stands. I REALLY like your idea as a solution.

Thank you both for the ideas.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 09:35 PM

Understand the workshop in the garage! I too use the garage, I have a 3 car garage and was given one stall, since then I have taken the entire 3 stalls! But for the most of the time, I used 2 stalls – here is a tip on the workbench, if you know how to make a base cabinet, make several, and put a top on it, just like a small kitchen – you will have plenty of storage and a study work surface. Also peg board with a nice frame around it works good, and looks nice. I started with 3 base cabinets and now have 15 total, along the walls, with table saw, band saw, laythe and other stuff in the middle – giving me a lot of room. I put some things on wheels, I know – power tools and wheels can be a bad thing, put I purchased some wheels at a local wood shop that had good breaks…. To date, the have never moved while using them. But if a hail storm comes, since I’m in TExas as well, all heavy items can be moved out of the way in a snap! Plus if I have a long board or log in my case to resaw, I can move my bandsaw.

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 09:46 PM

We all started with a lot smaller set up to start,I recall two people on LJs one worked one his balcony in his condo and another set up a portable bench in the courtyard of his apartments. when I start complaining about not having enough room in my shop I think of those guys.

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 07:14 PM

Did anyone ever have your father confiscate your tools for his business? That is what happened to me years ago, my dad and I started a business together, when I left, my tools stayed there. I never got them back. My dad sold the business (or maybe he gave it away) to my uncle before my dad died in 2006.

I do enjoy my small shop and I look forward to making my workbench and other jigs, tools and such to make the job of building something so much easier.

-- Michael TX, Not even my wife understands my sense of humor.

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