Setting Up Shop #3: Finally Some Progress

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Blog entry by Rex B posted 09-21-2012 03:22 PM 1324 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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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#1 posted 09-21-2012 03:53 PM

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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#2 posted 09-21-2012 04:41 PM

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,

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 05:29 PM

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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