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01-07-2015 02:03 PM

I just wanted to check in and say HI.
I signed up a couple weeks ago and have been reading like crazy, this place is a great resource!

A little about me…
I have been doing light wood and metal working along with general fabrication/construction type stuff since high school; I am 30 now. I have never been able to have a shop of my own, but I have been blessed with access to some type of shop with every job I’ve had since college. Out of college I was a woodshop teacher and had a great shop full of vintage iron, then I worked as a fabricator at a design/build firm where I did a lot of high-end modern furniture; all one-off stuff, so it was always interesting. Now I work for a art-handling company and have access to a shop that we use for building art crates. It isn’t a full shop (no jointer, drill press, etc, but I am still lucky to have it!).

As each year ticks by I am getting that much closer to having a shop of my own; the only reason I don’t have one right now is because for the last couple of year my wife and I have been buying rental properties, so we have been moving a lot (5 moves in 5 1/2 years) and none of the places have had basements or garages to setup a shop in. We are ready to start looking for another property in February, and this time it is one we are committing to for 5-7 years, as we are out of money for buying houses, and the wife is pregnant with out first kid, so I think it is time to settle down for a while. With any luck the next house will have a space I can call my own, I am hoping for a 2 car garage (I work on cars too), but even a basement would do.
I have 3 sheds between 2 properties mostly full of tools and supplies, but I don’t have any of the big stuff (table saw, jointer, planer, drill press, bandsaw, etc), I mostly have hand and hand-held power tools, along with things like a grinder, 2 chop saws, air compressor/nailers, and a bunch of car related tools, jack, jackstands, etc.

However, I got a lucky break today… My boss decided we needed a new bandsaw at work. I chose a Grizzly G0555LANV for us because they were on sale last month, which means I get our old one. It needs some work… new tires, possibly bearings, and it hasn’t had any maintenance in about 10 years. The old tires were glued on with construction adhesive (who knows why)... but I can’t argue with a free bandsaw. It is partially disassembled right now, but it is all there.
Its an old Delta/Milwaukee. I guess I will soon be posting a ‘bandsaw restoration’ project.

Here is a pic of the new Griz, and MY new Delta:

Sorry for the long post, I was supposed to just be saying HI!

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 02:10 PM

Welcome to LJ Steve. Nice piece of vintage & perfect price!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 05:20 PM

Gladahaveya here. Good choice on the new bandsaw, and you’ll have a fine restore when you’re done.


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