|Forum topic by John Steffen||posted 05-03-2010 01:44 AM||3868 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
05-03-2010 01:44 AM
I decided some time at the end of last year that I wanted to get into woodworking as a serious hobby. My Fiancé gave me the go-ahead to buy woodworking tools with the money I got from selling my car (still have my truck). The first of the year I finally got my car sold, took the $2700 straight to grizzly.com, and ordered up a Jointer (G0654), Planer (G0689), Drill Press (G7946) and Table Saw (G1023SLWX). I finally got everything to my garage last weekend (table saw was at my dad’s since he had the means to unload the 400some pound saw from the delivery truck). We finally wired a 220 outlet in the garage for the saw last weekend. Today I got to spend most of the day cleaning out my total mess of a garage (I still can’t believe we moved from a 1300 sq/ft house with a less-than-one-stall garage to a 2100 sq/ft house with a full usable basement and attic and a 3 stall garage and we can’t find a place for all of our crap).
I decided that my planer needed a stand, and the junk microwave cart in the garage seemed to be at about the perfect height, but it had a slightly recessed top. I figured some 3/4” 2/3’ ply I have laying around would be the best solution.
I’m scared to death of table saws, but figured this was the perfect opportunity to get my feet wet. My soon to be brother in law has a missing ring finger from a table saw, and I got to witness first-hand the aftermath of my former boss getting friendly with a table saw. I fired up my HF 2hp dust collector and my saw and made my cuts. The board worked great and I got my planer mounted with a few lag screws.
So, I’m pretty excited that I finally used a table saw. I know it’s not a big deal to anyone here, but I feel it’s a worthy milestone to share. I have to thank Lumberjocks for being such a fantastic resource of information and inspiration. It was due to the videos here and the woodwhisperer that I felt confident in knowing what to expect, and the dangers involved.
I hope I never lose the fear of working with my power tools, and the safety consciousness it brings.
-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL