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Forum topic by Submariner posted 11-12-2012 11:35 PM 749 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2012 11:35 PM

Like many a man, I took woodshop in high school and dreamed of one day having his own workshop to tinker in. But then life happened and I went and joined the US Navy. Twenty years seemed to drag by and I know find myself retired from the Navy, with a well paying job, and the enviable owner of not one but two large garages with our new home. I have decided to use the larger of the two (36’ X 48’) to fulfill this lifelong dream.

Since moving into the new house back in September I have been devoting a little time each day to reading reviews of table saws and planning in my head how I want to set up shop. I have been very patiently watching Craigslist and other classifieds waiting for that “right” one to come along. Yesterday, my wife comes to me and says “why are you waiting for a used table saw, just buy a new one”. After a lot of discussion I was given permission (enthusiastic permission, not just grudgingly giving in to my wants) to buy whatever I wanted.

The “tool guy” in me said, “buy the Unisaw” but the budget minded father of three daughters prevailed and I decided on the Grizzly G0691. The order was placed and I am now anxiously awaiting delivery!

Wish me luck!

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#1 posted 11-13-2012 12:09 AM


You’re patience is admirable, and you’ve surely earned this.

What are you planning to make?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 10:42 PM

I will most likely start out with a bit of a “honey do” list in order to justify buying the saw to my wife. She wants some bookshelves because we are both avid readers and there are piles of books around the house with no shelf to rest on.

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#3 posted 11-14-2012 11:04 PM

Eh, what else is the wife wanting? I smell something fishy. ;)

But congrats on the saw and new shop! Pretty darn big garage though!

-- jay,

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#4 posted 11-14-2012 11:59 PM

Thanks for your service and congratulations. Be sure to post some pics of your shop.

-- Gary

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#5 posted 11-15-2012 12:27 AM

Thanks, for your service!
Congrats, on the “new” shop.
Congrats, on the new saw.
Congrats, on the great spouse!
Welcome, to LJs!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 11-15-2012 12:47 AM

let’s review…3 daughters and a wife…

your workshop is going to save your family…

...just sayin…LOL

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#7 posted 11-15-2012 12:52 AM

Good luck Submariner and welcome to LumberJocks.

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#8 posted 11-15-2012 01:39 AM

With that many women in the house, your shop should include a bathroom where the seat can stay up!


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 11-15-2012 02:17 AM

I’m glad things are going so well for you. I too thank you for your service to our country and your years of sacrifice .

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 11-15-2012 02:42 AM

my nephew just joined the Navy : ))

From one sailer to another I can tell you the thieves who lie in port are no different then those who become your next passion and often those that we would take a bullet for………….hold the gun

Buy used. Way better bang for your buck.

Shiny and new looking is nothing more then hard earned spit in keeping old gears from jamming, the rest is nothing more then a “pirate” ………..

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 11-15-2012 04:02 AM

Thanks for your service,my dad was an old navy goat(his words). Glad you have decided to give wood working a try, I am a little jealous of the size of your shop though.I have to go outside to change my mind.Good luck

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