|Forum topic by Ant||posted 12-06-2012 06:12 PM||1967 views||0 times favorited||30 replies|
12-06-2012 06:12 PM
Hello to the forum.
I’ve been a lurker of the forum for about a year and recently decided to become a member.
It’s been a lot of fun looking at the posts and projects on LJ’s and I’ve been amazed at the amount of talented WWers here.
I live in the Northern California area ( Santa Rosa to be a little more precise)
I decided about 6 months ago to build a woodshop in my backyard and start my new path into woodworking. I’m yet to build my first project. I started off building a 16’ x 12 ’ building in my backyard for a woodshop. After I pounded the last nail, sanded the last drywall joint, and textured the walls my wife decided it would make a better GYM than a woodshop. So SHE decided the garage is larger and I should build my woodshop in the garage (We never park our cars in it anyway) There were only two 110v volt outlets in the garage so I decided to rip out all of the drywall, ad a new Breaker box / sub panel off the main breaker box so I had dedicated 220v/110v electric in the new woodshop.
Long story short after ripping out the existing drywall I found severe damage to the load bearing walls. Load bearing studs had been Notched out leaving only less than half of an inch ( I found out from my neighbor that the garage used to be an apartment. They cut out / notched the load bearing walls to make room for plumbing! ( Idiots) On top of that the wall and adjacent wall had severe water damage / dry rot to most of the load bearing studs and the bottom sill plate was disintegrating. There were only two or three studs that weren’t damaged on a 22 foot wall and a 16 foot wall.
Due to my house being stucco I was forced to remove all of the stucco from the garage / Then replace the bottom seal plate and studs. My work is almost complete and I’m ready to ad the new sub panel, run new electric 110 / 220, and then drywall!!!!
It’s been a fun project but I’m ready to move on and get this damn thing DONE!! : )
Now to the meat of my post and I apologize for the long winded introduction.
I have a 10” Hybrid table saw, Routers, 12” compound miter saw, 12” Delta Planer etc etc….. But I DON’T have a jointer. Based on the advice of this Website and the majority of it’s members it appears as if I need a jointer. Well Need may be subjective but it seems as if it will be a useful tool to me.
I started looking for a used 6” or 8” jointer on Craiglist months ago and most of what I am seeing is older 6 or 4”. I was about to pull out the wallet for a new 6” Craftsman jointer ( I can’t believe I just publicly stated that) when my wife said NO just buy a new 8” Planer and get it over with….......... I tend to go a little over the top with my hobbies and she knows the path we are about to go on LOL
So with my wifes permission ( she tells me I need that ) I have decided to buy an 8” jointer. I am looking at the grizzly but am now thinking of maybe the Powermatic would be a much better option.
Is the Powermatic worth the extra 600 – 1000 dollars? Will the performance of the Powermatic be worth the extra / added cost? I am having a difficult time assessing if the added / additional cost is really worth it.
I am thinking of the grizzly G0675 10” Jointer/Planer Comb but it looks like the fence isn’t cast it appears aluminum? Anyone have this?
Also looking at the G0490 8” Jointer with Parallelogram Beds because it has the Parallelogram bed.
From reading the forum it appears as if the Spiral cutter head has mixed results / thoughts with its members. But I was thinking of getting the Spiral due to the indexable cutters and it’s quieter : )
Are there better options? Delta seems to have mixed feelings and I’m not sure about Jet….....
Hope to get some advice and I guess now that I’ve made my first post I should go comment on some amazing woodworking projects here on LJ’s.
OH and Last Anyone else in the Northern CALI Santa Rosa area? Where do you all get your project wood? Lowes and Home Depot are to expensive IMHO and the quality of wood is terrible!!!
Thanks in advance