Shop & Tool Growing Pains

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Blog series by pendledad updated 03-03-2014 03:19 PM 15 parts 49286 reads 70 comments total

Part 1: New House, No Tools

10-23-2012 04:19 PM by pendledad | 3 comments »

This blog is aimed at documenting my thought process about this hobby and I hope it can server as a guide to newcomers looking for help. Let me give you the background … We lived in Charlotte, NC for 6 years. We had my son, and were pregnant with my daughter when the neighborhood “turned”. Driveby shooting, armed home invasions, police helicopters, etc… Needless to say, we decided to move back home. We’re both from New England, so coming back was good f...

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Part 2: Shop Bench & Storage

10-23-2012 04:48 PM by pendledad | 8 comments »

With a small arsenal of tools from my estate sale scavenging, I needed a place to work on projects and get the tools off the garage floor. I was originally going to build the “Getting Started in Woodworking” bench from FWW, but I decided that a more typical garage bench would be better suited. I needed something easy to build, and solid as a rock. I wanted a 2’ deep surface and I wanted to take up 1/2 of the back wall. My wife has given me 1/2 of the garage because she...

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Part 3: Lumberjocks, Sawhorses, and Power Tool Value Trap

10-23-2012 06:19 PM by pendledad | 3 comments »

So with my shop taking shape, my tools off the ground, I turned to the web for advice on the first project. Everything I read suggested something like a workbench or sawhorses would make a great first project because it teaches a lot of valuable lessons for beginners and adds value to your shop. This was also where I discovered LJ. What an awesome site. A real social networking site for people across the globe to share their advice and projects. Unlike FaceBook or Twttter where you turn ...

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Part 4: 1.21 GigaWatts!

10-26-2012 03:31 PM by pendledad | 5 comments »

So the new main panel went in yesterday, and man is this sucker huge. Here are the before and after shots: Before: After: Garage panel: Seeing this makes me feel like I’m getting ready for some mad scientist experiments. Or maybe a Delorian projects: On a more serious note, I’ve been astronomically depressed at work over the last couple of months. My company actually has amazing benefits (free health care, great pay, bonuses, etc…) but more and more I...

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Part 5: Hurricane outside and inside the shop

10-29-2012 01:59 PM by pendledad | 4 comments »

With hurricane sandy barreling towards us, my wife wanted her car in the garage. Probably a good idea seeing as my car got smashed in hurricane Irene. Anyways as I shuffled all the crap in the garage is realized that I literally don’t have any space in my shop. Here are some pictures : So before I buy any tools I have some serious planning to do. I need to rethink my shop and put everything on wheels and get as much stuff on the walls as I can. This also had proven to...

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Part 6: Grizzly Sale & Shop Design

11-01-2012 04:33 PM by pendledad | 5 comments »

So Grizzly posted their x-mas sale prices. I posted a forum topic about that here . So I’m wrestling with the idea of buying one cabinet saw for roughly $1,400 shipped to my house. OR … I can get the 0715P hybrid, plus a G055LX band saw for roughly the same price as just the TS. I am struggling over what path to choose. I know the cabinet saws are well made and will be a more quality tool as the cornerstone of the shop … but … as soon as I get the TS I will probab...

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Part 7: Patience is a Virtue

11-19-2012 06:14 PM by pendledad | 1 comment »

It has been more than 2 weeks since my last post. In that time, we’ve taken a trip to Disney World, and I’ve been consumed getting the leaves bagged from my 4 100+ yr old oak trees in my yard. That said, I’ve been waiting patiently for the Grizzly sales and I’ve been struggling with what tools to purchase. I am going back and forth between the G0715P hybrid + G055LX BS, or just the G0690 cabinet saw. I might just purchase the cabinet saw because I can grow my sho...

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Part 8: Electrical Layout

12-03-2012 09:49 PM by pendledad | 2 comments »

The past two weeks have been spent planning, buying, and sketching. I’m trying to figure out the best layout for my lighting, tools, bench, and storage in my tiny 8×18 space I have to work with. I’ve decided to flip my current 8’ bench to the other wall and have two dedicated “zones” in my shop. I’ll have a garage bench, which is where I’ll keep my drill press and toolboxes full of wrenches and all things non-woodworking. The other area will ...

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Part 9: Electrical progress & quality time

12-09-2012 09:45 PM by pendledad | 1 comment »

This weekend was a blast. I got to spend some time both up and down the family tree. Me and my dad started the wiring in the shop on Saturday. We rerouted some existing conduit to make room for the lights. Then we installed a light fixture on the ceiling. I bought some t8 zero degree 4’ lights at Lowe’s. Hopefully they’ll work well. Today I decided to get my son out in the shop with me. I had a few tasks that he could help with which weren’t too dangerous. ...

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Part 10: Shed some light on the plan

12-19-2012 02:48 PM by pendledad | 2 comments »

Shop ProgressSo I successfully wired up my first circuit ever. It was so much easier than I thought, I can’t believe I’ve been so afraid of electrical work before. Anyways, I have 3 lights wired to a switch, and even down to 30 degree weather, they flick on instantly. If it gets really cold, the lights will still turn on, but it will take a minute or two for them to warm up and get super bright. I bought 0 degree fixtures because I knew it would get cold during the winter. Wi...

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Part 11: G1023RL Table Saw, Preparation & Arrival

01-03-2013 05:51 PM by pendledad | 7 comments »

The PreparationI capitalized on the 5% coupon, Christmas sale, and gift card from my family … The Grizzly G1023RL will be here tomorrow (01/04/2012). I ordered this saw New Year’s eve, Monday 12/31/2012 at 3pm EST. The saw will be delivered to my garage withiin the same week with a holiday. Hats off to Grizzly and UPS for having an efficient setup with delivery and stocked warehouse. Luckily my dad helped me get the shop organized and cleaned up for delivery. We spent Ne...

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Part 12: Saw Setup

01-23-2013 04:48 PM by pendledad | 10 comments »

It has taken me a bit longer to setup the saw than I was expecting. Not having enough time in one shot is mostly the culprit. I was only able to get an hour here or there, which just isn’t enough time when dealing with cleaning, aligning, and assembly. So anyways, here is my step by step on what I did… CosmolineFor the initial cleanup of the main table surface, I left the saw on the pallet/skid: Like everyone else, the surfaces had a nice thick coating of this sticky ...

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Part 13: Dam you Craigslist

02-25-2013 05:23 PM by pendledad | 9 comments »

I know I originally posted that I hated Craigslist and I hated the value trap of used tools. In short, inexpensive tools offer good value, but you need to invest a lot of time to bring them up to good working order. Granted, there are astonishing deals to be had on amazing equipment, but for the most part, Craigslist finds require a good amount of work. That said, I realized something this weekend about my experience with the 1950’s craftsman table saw and bandsaw. Even though I c...

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Part 14: DIY Dust Deputy

04-10-2013 03:59 AM by pendledad | 8 comments »

Bought some 8×24” hvac duct from home depot. 2 feet of 2” pvc. Some sheet metal screws and I hit the shop. Problem 1: How do you take a rectangle of sheet metal and turn it into a cone?Answer: 71º angle, and 2pir. I wanted an 8 inch top for the cyclone, so an 8 inch circle has about a circumference of 25 inches. I took a 26” long piece of scrap plywood and drilled a hole at both ends. I pivot at one end and draw an arc with a radius of 26”. I dont know if thi...

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Part 15: Coming out of hibernation

03-03-2014 03:19 PM by pendledad | 2 comments »

For those of you in New England, you know what a beast of a winter this has been. It seems like whenever we get rid of the snow, another round comes through and dumps all over us. That said, I’ve been looking forward to the warmer weather slowly approaching. We’re doing some work on the house (new roof, new beam (termites), and a new mudroom). As part of the new mudroom, my wife wants me to do a built-in locker/cubby/storage/bench thing. It will be my first attempt at trim ...

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