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Forum topic by georgiaken posted 10-28-2013 05:04 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-28-2013 05:04 PM

Hello everyone,

This is my first post to lumberjocks. I recently moved into a new home, with the intent of making some furniture. I’ll be starting with a rustic farm table and working my way up to some dressers…I have a bunch of different projects planned, including some outdoor furniture and a bed frame.

Anyway, I don’t have a lot of experience, but I am good with my hands and I learn quickly…I also read, read and read some more. I know that’s no substitute for experience, but it’s how I learn. I spend at least 10-15 hours a week reading and watching woodworking website (video, instruction, blogs and forums). That is pretty much how I learned to fish for smallmouth (another of my hobbies).

So, here goes…

So far, I have the following:

Ridgid TS3612 – Table saw – Craigslist $275. I’ve read this is the last of the Emersons, so I am very pleased. He also threw in a Dewalt 80 tooth blade for $10. I grabbed some barkeepers friend and a blue scotch sponge and scrubbed off what little rust there was on top (but just the front…i wanted to see how bad it was – not bad at all). I’ll be using some non-silicone wax on it when I really clean it up (probably Johnsons). I used my combo square to do some initial measuring and it looks to be in great shape. None of my measurements are super precise…just miter to blade (both), blade to fence and miter to fence, with the combination square thus far. I also set up the stops on the stock miter (which will be replaced eventually with an Incra 1000HD). Which leads me to my next purchase (actually the first thing I bought).

Starrett combination square, protractor and center Craigslist $150 – great condition, no rust…bought from a ex-cabinet guy who is now a machinist…in the red box, foam in perfect shape.

Ridgid MS1290 – Compound/Bevel Sliding Miter Saw – Craigslist $150 Bought from a guy retiring…he had some nice stuff, but I am trying to stick to the best deals. He also threw in a couple of roller stands for $10 each that I saw hanging on the wall.

I also picked up 32 feet (8, 4 foot beams) of 4” X 6” hundred year old pine. These are going to be the legs on my dining room table and uprights on my headboard/footboard, when I get around to making my bed. The wood has the original rough saw marks from the saw mill…and it is unbelievably heavy. This was kind of expensive, but I bit…the wood looked great. The guy delivered it to my house and helped me unload it for $250. Another guy I contacted wanted $200 for one 14ft 4” X 6” beam…and the closest place I found where I could get this type of wood for $4.50 a board foot is 4 hours away.

I also picked up a Porter Cable PC15CSLK off Amazon for 69.99 (obviously regular price).

I am looking forward to finding some more stuff…just building up my equipment and thinking of smaller projects I can do to avoid wasting materials or getting injured ;)

In the mean time, I am on the hunt for an 8” jointer (everything I’ve read says to avoid getting the 6” and wishing I had gone bigger later (same advise I took when I bought my bass boat). I am also looking to get a planer and a drill press.

I waited too long and missed out on three drill presses (Ridgid DP15000, a Jet and a Grizzly)...all in the $150 range.

Right now, all I really need to get started on my table is the drill press (to use with some Fortsner bits to make my mortises…yup, that’s right…I’m a beginner, but no pocket screws for me. I have been practicing with scrap wood, a chisel and a mallet…

That’s all I got for now…


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#1 posted 10-28-2013 05:33 PM

For a drill press, I’d take a good look at the Delta 18-900. It’s close to $1000 if you buy retail. I had unreal luck and bought a brand new one, unopened, from a local handyman magazine publisher. They had received several to review and one of the editor’s sold it to me for $400!!! Even at full retail, I think it’s a world beater. Full 6” throw and 16 speed ranges 170 – 3,000 RPM. Not many DPs that will turn that slowly (until you get into VFD models). Table is great for woodworking. I love my Shopsmith in DP mode, but without adding a speed reducer, even its slowest setting makes spinning a circle cutter pretty scary…

I’ve hear enough bad things about the later day Powermatic DPs to warn me off of them, but I bought their benc-htop mortiser during their big annual sale a few years back and I love that monster.

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#2 posted 10-28-2013 09:46 PM

I found a used Delta 17-400 on CL for $200. It has a 3/4HP motor. For my first DP, this will do…and if I decide to upgrade, I can probably sell it for exactly what I paid. In my market, there are two going for $350 and $400. I don’t know where they get those prices, but mine is $200.

I’m supposed to pick it up tomorrow.

I also picked up a new DW735x for $534, minus 10% – $480 – with infeed tables and an extra set of knives.

My next purchase…a jointer. After that (way down the line), a band saw.

I also had no idea I had a nice ROS. I have a Porter Cable 7424 that I use for detailing our cars. Turns out, it’s the exact same model as the 7336…I just needed to buy a sanding disc…I already have the counter weight.

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#3 posted 10-28-2013 09:52 PM

You’re certainly off to a better start than I was. And a dining room set is a pretty ambitious first project.

No birdhouses for this guy. LOL

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#4 posted 10-28-2013 10:15 PM

The thing about the table…it’s a timber farm table. So, while it needs some expertise, it’s not fine woodworking, more like refined carpentry…but I guess we’ll see…

I will probably build some jigs in the meantime. Right now I am just building up my equipment…

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#5 posted 10-29-2013 12:40 AM

I picked up the following yesterday for $350:

Incra Miter Fence 1000SE
Wizard III Metal Detector (really happy about this…I didn’t even realize I needed it until I saw the CL post)
16 piece Rockler Forstner Bits
Rockler 7” Bench Vise
4 Rockler pipe clamps 2 and 5 foot pipes for each
Triton Woodrack WRA001
And a bunch of other stuff:

2 Rockler Miter track hold downs
2 Rockler Fence clamps
Bench biscuits
Plastic right angle frames
5 ball peen hammers – various weights
Abranet variety pack, with backer protector
Mortise and tenon marking gauge
Grizzly Square set
Rockler miter track (generic strips)
Universal T Track adapters
Single outlet extension cord, with removable safety switch
Vacuum/Dust collector plug that turns on when the power tool turned on

Basically, I got everything for about 40% of retail or so…

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