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Forum topic by prap posted 03-22-2011 06:20 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2011 06:20 PM

I’m in the process of setting up my work shop. My new table saw will be in about a month. I know of a few projects I’d like to get into but I have to restrain my self to keep it simple at first. I’d like to know what your first projects were. Tools that I have in my shop now are Grizzly 14” bandsaw, bench top Bench Dog router table, a Mikita 12” planer a Craftsman bench top drill press and my Shop Fox 1819 t/s is on it’s way. So I need some ideas to get me started. I need some basic projects for beginners or should I start by making some jigs for the tools that I have like a crosscut sled for the table saw or maybe a drill press table?
Thanks for your input in advance.

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 06:35 PM

Start with shop stuff to practice your technique. A sled is a great starter project, but maybe a simple drill press table is even better. I’d even do a big shop project, like an assembly table, before I tacked a serious furniture piece. You will want to build a workbench. Everyone does. Maybe that should wait until you have some good joint skills down, although something using 4×4s for legs with stretchers that use screws rather than Mortise and Tenon joints and an IKEA top is well within even a newbie’s range. Practicing getting things square, level and smooth joints is what you want to do.

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 07:17 PM

Phil, another idea would be to make some shop cabinetry, if you can use some more storage space in your shop. While I have come to enjoy seeing shop additions that look like fine furniture, it is perfectly ok to use their construction as a learning exercise.

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