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Not much to brag about but as a lot of novices, I use the other half of my garage for my shop. My assembly area and “finishing room” is the area vacated by my truck that stays outside during a project. I’ve been working on adding to my tool inventory: I started with an old Craftsman 10” contractor style table saw that I have upgraded with a new fence system, pulleys/link belt, home made outfeed table and dust collection system. Over the years, I have added a Ridgid 6” jointer and 13” thickness planer, a 14” Delta X5 bandsaw with riser block, ShopFox dust collection unit, and a 12” Porter Cable compound miter saw. My router table is home made. Probably the most extravagant recent purchase was the Delta 18/36 drum sander (which really is a nice luxury…but I’m glad I got the dust collector first!). My workbench I made myself out of a reclaimed kitchen base cabinet after we remodeled our house. I’m thinking of upgrading to a cabinet saw, but the old Craftsman cuts true and square and the money may be better spent on some choice hardwoods to render into sawdust.

-- GSY from N. Idaho


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WayneC

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#1 posted 2619 days ago

Great shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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PanamaJack

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#2 posted 2619 days ago

We like tools…Show us some tools! Close ups. Have a great day.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Bill

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#3 posted 2619 days ago

Lots of nice room. Is that a Thorsen Table I see there?

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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scopemonkey

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#4 posted 2619 days ago

I haven’t taken the table challenge (yet). That’s an end table for the new living room furniture my wife wanted. We remodeled our house and there was all this wood lying around (like our old knotty pine flooring, etc) that I could not just let go to the dump. So….We now have 2 end tables and a coffee table made from reclaimed scrap. Now that I have figured out how to post projects, I’ll post it with the final results.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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mot

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#5 posted 2619 days ago

Nice shop! A good amount of room!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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oscorner

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#6 posted 2607 days ago

Nice place and projects. I would love to see more.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2601 days ago

Any upgrades to your shop. Any new projects?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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scopemonkey

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#8 posted 2566 days ago

OK…I think I’ve got this computer thingy figured out. I’ve been spending time and money upgrading my shop. I splurged on a SawStop cabinet saw. I was looking at the PM2000 but my wife insisted I spend a little more for the safety features of the SawStop despite my explanation that there are many other ways to lose a finger in a place with sharp blades whirring about. Of course, I didn’t protest long or hard. It really is a nice machine. I integrated my router station into the extension table after reinforcing it a bit. I uploaded some pictures. Now to see if I can bet a blog going and post some of my projects…..

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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Karson

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#9 posted 2566 days ago

Have you done the hot dog test. Or you didn’t want to splurge for all the new parts requird to put the saw back together.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scopemonkey

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#10 posted 2565 days ago

No…I’d rather put my dogs on the BBQ. The brake cartridge is about $70 as well as the cost of a new blade. I settled for letting the guys at WoodCraft sacrifice a blade while nicking their wieners.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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Drew1House

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#11 posted 2476 days ago

Please tell me about your outfeed table… I amtrying to figure out what to do for myself in that department.

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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scopemonkey

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#12 posted 2476 days ago

Drew…I sent you a private message.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#13 posted 2317 days ago

Scopemonkey,

You have a really nice shop and I love the Sawstop. I had one of these on my Christmas list but I guess Santa’s sleigh didn’t have a lift gate. Good selection of tools as well. I would enjoy working in there.

Thanks for the post.

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

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Taigert

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#14 posted 2256 days ago

Very nice shop!!!!!
I love that Sawstop, I went back toschool to take a Cabinetmaking/Fine Woodwork degree program. We have half a dozen tablesaws in our cabinet shop. powermatic, delta, and the Sawstop. If I have my way I use the Sawstop it’s my first choice, that and it’s the closest to my bench 15’ away. You made a good choice, you wont regret it.
One thing to remember is adjusting the safety brake, it should be a nickles thickness away from the blade (check your paperwork). Any how as you send your blades out to be sharpened they get smaller in diameter each time, so you need to keep making that adjustment. If you happen to put a brand new blade on that is a full 10”s remember to make the adjustment or that brake will release into your brand new blade if there is no clearence.
Have fun making sawdust,

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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scopemonkey

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#15 posted 2255 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I know there is some controversy over the sawstop and its cost, but it has been the best addition so far. I just added a Jet JWL-1224 mini lathe and am beginning to turn some little projects. I’ll post what doesn’t become firewood….

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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