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Setting Up Shop #3: Finally Some Progress

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Blog entry by Rex B posted 669 days ago 1112 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: The Tools Are Here Part 3 of Setting Up Shop series Part 4: My Paradise »

Well it’s been almost 3 months since my last post on this blog. When I last updated, I was hopeful that my electrical service would be installed sometime in July. Unfortunately, the electrician’s estimate was a bit higher than I expected, so I decided to postpone it until after my wedding and honeymoon. The honeymoon was awesome, and when we got home I called the electrician (around August 10th) to give him the go-ahead. As it turned out, they had just gotten a couple of big jobs (industrial jobs worth a lot more than mine) and couldn’t fit me in for at least a couple of weeks. That combined with unusually hot weather (preventing work in my attic) didn’t allow them to get the work done until September 10th. This was a bit annoying, but I really like the electrician and feel like he treats me right. When they did finally come out they finished the job in a few hours and did very nice work.

Well, as you can imagine, I’ve been making a ton of sawdust for the past week and a half. I’ve never been a fan of pegboards or french cleats, so instead I just hung a sheet of plywood on the wall above my workbench and will fill it with custom holders for all of my small tools, clamps, etc. I’ve become a bit obsessed with making these custom holders. My little bandsaw has been really handy for that. I’ve only gotten a few done so far, many more to come.

Also, last weekend I built my fence gate. I used my tablesaw miter gauge and sled for all the crosscuts, and those pressure treated 2×4’s really did a number on my blade. I have been still using the stock blade that came with my saw, and expected to replace it eventually, so I went ahead and bought a nice Freud Industrial Thin Kerf Combination Blade. What a sweet blade! And now I have the old blade to throw on for cutting crappy pressure treated wood.

Anyway, here’s a shot of the shop’s current state. I will do one more update to this blog when I get my shelves/racks completed and am ready to update my workshop page. And I guess I will update in the future when I get a new machine or make major shop changes. Thanks for following along!

-- Rex



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whitebeast88

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#1 posted 669 days ago

great looking shop i’d like to see your custom made tool holders when you get them done.congrats on the marriage many wonderful years to you.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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AJswoodshop

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#2 posted 669 days ago

Great shop! I would make a rolling table for your thickness planner. You might even want to make a flip-top workbench. Like your drill press too.

Nice shop,
AJ

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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Rex B

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#3 posted 669 days ago

Thanks AJ. The thickness planer I have right now is an old borrowed one. I eventually want to get the new Ridgid lunchbox planer, and then I will build a flip-top cart to hold it and a sanding machine.

-- Rex

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