|Forum topic by BobLoblaw||posted 07-13-2010 03:39 AM||1753 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
07-13-2010 03:39 AM
I wanted to finally introduce myself after lurking for a short while. My interest in woodworking just happens to coincide with the purchase of my first home (about 9 mos. ago). I’ve always wanted to get into the hobby, but time & space issues always seemed to win out.
I’m currently deciding whether I really need to park my car in the garage/future shop. Luckily my fiancee, who lives with me, has no interest in “aiming” for the driveway- let alone parking in the garage, haha.
About a month after I moved in, I put up a fence in the front yard that I’m quite happy with, style-wise. If I did it all over again, I would definitely sweat the details a little more.
I began my (used) tool search right around May and I think I’ve done fairly well for myself….
1. PM 64S (used once & fence still in box, wrapped in cellophane) + PM 66 w/ a handful of Amana blades & 2 Freud Super Dado sets, a few shop-made featherboards and 50” fence (90s model, used 5 years in a cabinet shop, then put in storage). $500 for both.
2. “Transpower” 14” Bandsaw w/ Jet riser kit. $20
3. Delta TP400LS 12.5” Thickness planer. $120 (Guy also threw in a 7” face vise.)
4. Delta 50-760 Dust Collector, literally used once. $175
4. 10+ year old HF/Frejoth 6” jointer w/ new knives. Free.
The bandsaw is a Taiwanese Delta clone, like so many out there. The Jet riser kit fit with minor modifications. The pins lined up fine but I needed to grind away a little bit of the new blade guard in order to clear a guide adjustment screw. It’s the 4-speed, HF style, pulley deal. I’ve gotten a longer link belt and have bypassed the 2nd pulley set, like so many others have done.
The jointer cut surprisingly smooth and with a little tweaking, has started producing square edges & faces.
By far, I think the pair of PM table saws is my favorite acquisition. It works out well too, since I don’t yet have 220V in the garage. Until then, I have the 64 available, so I can afford to wait on the installation. The 66 does need some cleanup- the usual stuff, rusty table, gunked/pitched up worms, etc. I did get to use it before I took it home though. Appeared to run like a champ and my numerous measurements indicate that it’s still very much aligned. When I finally get a 220 circuit installed, I’ll likely sell the contractor saw- at this point, I can’t justify owning doubles of any machine.
I’ll update with pics when I get my camera back. Oh, and thanks to all for the great welcome when I first registered!