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Forum topic by mnorman posted 10-05-2015 03:05 PM 374 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2015 03:05 PM

I’ve been interested in woodworking my whole life and after taking some classes earlier this year I decided to take the next step in building my own shop and working on getting the essential core hand and power tools. I watched craigslist very closely and snagged a deal on a Sawstop Professional, 14” grizzly bandsaw, 6” grizzly jointer, and a 2 hp grizzly dust collection system, all about a year old and in great condition. I already had a 12” Dewalt miter saw and Ridgid power drill. I’m signed up for a couple hand tool classes this fall that will be taught by Rob Cosman so I plan on purchasing a couple hand planes by the end of of the year. My shop will be built in my 768sf detached garage. My focus is going to be on fixing up my house with things like furniture, cabinets, and outdoor projects like a fence and gate, and outdoor furniture.

Since I’m just getting started and am working on building up my skill set, I’m unsure about what projects to build first to get my shop going. I know I need a tablesaw outfeed table (which I’m hoping will double as an assembly table), a work bench, and a miter saw station. I also need to build some basic cabinets for the shop as well.

I’m hoping to get some feedback on what projects I should prioritize both for functionality & utility but also for building my skills. I know I need more than just the items I noted above so any suggestions people can make would be much appreciated.

Looking forward to sharing my progress with you all.

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#1 posted 10-05-2015 04:05 PM

Sounds like you need to build a clamp rack and then fill it. Check the projects section here and look at all the shop projects folks have done. Those should give you some ideas.

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 12:38 PM

I second the shop project suggestion. I still have plenty of shop projects to get done. Some examples would be outfeed table (as you said), table saw sled, clamp rack, miscellaneous shelves, as necessary, lumber rack, etc. There are about a zillion, give or take, different jigs you could build to suit your style and make woodworking easier for you.

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