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03-11-2014 06:35 PM

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Hi everyone, just signed up and this is my first post and though I’d introduce myself and maybe get a little advice as well. My names Barry, just getting back into doing some woodworking again after around a 4 year layoff. I was a workshop joiner here in Ireland when I left school at 16 until the company I worked for went bust around 4 years later. Since then I literally haven’t done a single pice of woodwork. Although I’m not quite a newbie to the business, myself, and my tools, are a little rusty! The work I’ve previously done is nothing as fine as the work I see on here which is seriously nothing short of amazing! (been stalking around here for a long time now!). But this site has inspired me to get back at it again, this time as a hobby rather than a job.

Since the shop I worked in wasn’t my own the only power tool I have is my drill! Have plenty of good quality hand tools as well but planning to expand that a little.

Was wondering what you guys would recommend as far as power tools go, (would love a little lathe of some kind) and also any little projects to get me back into the swing of things. Currently doing a few little bentwood rings, maybe I’ll get round to posting a few photos.

Anyway, there is loads I’d still like to ask but I’ll save those questions for another time!
Really seems like a great community here that I hope to be able to contribute to and hopefully someday I’ll be up to the standard of you all!



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#1 posted 03-11-2014 07:13 PM

Without knowing what you are planing to do, it is virtually impossible to answer your question. If you plan to continue to do little rings, do you really new power tools?
It would be very helpful to describe what your plans are in order to say x or y would be beneficial as a power tool.
Welcome to LJ

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 07:17 PM

A good table saw is usually considered the cornerstone of any shop. It’s something that can be used in virtually any project and while some tasks can be completed in other ways, there are many things the table saw is simply the best at.

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 08:05 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! While a table saw would be important for putting a shop together, I don’t think I’d get it first. For myself, I had a power miter saw long before I ever had a table saw. It’s great for getting very nice straight cuts on wood that is already the width that you want. A really nice one is a lot cheaper than a really nice table saw.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 08:25 PM

Haha yeah suppose that would have been a good thing to talk about lepelerin! Really want to get into making everything from chopping blocks to furniture, coffee/dinning tables etc. the rings are just something that I can do without needing much in the way of equipment.

Table saw I agree is a must have, but again the space isn’t there for one and a work bench at the same time until I find a bigger place to work from bigblockyeti. I guess I’m looking for advice from anyone who also has limited space to work with. What the use and how they use their space effectively. Would have been good to include this in the first post, sorry!
Thanks again for your responses.

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 08:29 PM

Thanks firefighterontheside, I’ve almost forgotten the types of tools I’ve worked with before haha! Great suggestion, miter saw would be very handy to have around! Thanks for the help.

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 08:47 PM

How big is your space? I work in 1/2 of a 2-car garage, and I have all of my large tools on mobile bases. For large tools, I have a table saw, band saw, planer, jointer, router table, and drill press. The table saw is the collapsing Bosch 4100, and the rest of the tools wheel to the sides/corners. I have a french cleat system on the wall, which helps to get smaller things out of the way. My benchtop is an 8-foot long set of cabinets that I built with a couple layers of laminated MDF for the top, so I get a bench and more storage from it.

My main suggestion for working with limited space is to find a way to keep the center of that space free. It’s much easier and less frustrating to work at the edges of the room or wheel a tool to the middle than it is to try and work around fixed obstacles in the center. Also, don’t forget the ceiling when you’re considering storage locations.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 09:00 PM

You can create a workshop in a 5 ft x 5 ft area, it’s all in what you do with what you have :).

The suggestion of putting tools on mobile bases works well for small areas because you can move them where they are needed (as already stated).

-- They say many people die because of alcohol. They never realized how many of them are born because of it.

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 09:07 PM

Welcome to LJs. Glad to see you found the site.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 09:14 PM

Welcome Barry I am from Scotland and built myself a nice workshop which I later added an extension to, and have a great time, part time hobby work only,as my health problms don’t allow any more time to be spent there. However when I am not there in the flesh, I am thinking about being in the oldy worldy tooly shoppe . LOL have fun Barry and always email me if you want any advice all the guys ngals are wonderful here just the very best of people including big Alistair he’s the very best.LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 03-11-2014 09:34 PM

Hi Barry,
Welcome to LJs. I think others have you covered.


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#11 posted 03-12-2014 12:59 AM

Welcome to LJ. WE’ll be watching for lots of great projects.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 03-12-2014 11:07 AM

Thanks for all the help and the welcome lads. Great stuff about the workplace solutions, hope I can start some work soon. Cheers.

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#13 posted 03-12-2014 11:51 AM

Welcome to LJs

I have limited space and one of the first things that I got was a table saw. It is a contractor’s saw on wheels. For years, I put a piece of MDF on top of it and covered this over with a large piece of furniture fabric (a remnant from the local fabric place). This allowed me to use it as an assembly table as well. Before that, I bought a small table saw that was dangerous when cutting anything over 3-4’ long – it tipped over once when running.

The alternative is a hand held rotary saw and handsaws. I have and use both for sheet goods.

Some of the tabletop tools are not bad – it is all a matter of what you want to build and how big your projects are going to be. For these, you can get a good tablesaw, bandsaw, drillpress,, planer, and jointer but your projects tend to be limited to what these can handle safely unless you do a lot with handtools.

It is all a matter of space – for tools, for wood, for projects. In my case, I can make all kinds of things but I am limited to what I can carry up the stairs by myself.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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