|Forum topic by startingfromscratch||posted 08-29-2009 10:21 PM||903 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-29-2009 10:21 PM
As the name says, I’m starting from scratch and feeling my way along. I’m building my shop by hook and by crook with used tools from ebay and craigslist and anywhere I can find them. Currently, I have a pretty good used craftsman standing tablesaw with a forester 2 blade, PC chopsaw, craftman 12” bandsaw (with a wobble), circular saws, dewalt cordless drill and sawsall, dewalt biscuit joiner, makita jigssawl, milwaukee orbital and craftman old sheet 1/2 and 1/4 sanders, an ancient beltsander (3X18 and 3/4 hp), and a compressor and 16 and 18 ga guns. I just bought a used PC router and have a craftsman 1 1/2 hp router in a small table. For hand tools, I have a bunch of mismatched chisels, marking gauges, squares, a rusty gent saw and rusty back saw for tenons. I have an entirely too small set of pipe (2), bar (4), and C (2) clamps. I have a used jackplane as well that needs tuning. My short list to still collect is a low angle block plane, a benchgrinder and stones and honing guide to get into sharpening, a beech mallet, mortise gauge, a flushcut saw.
To be honest….I don’t even know how to use most of this stuff…but I’m learning. I have been doing mostly handyman projects in our house for 4-5 years. But, I have turned my attention to some finished carpentry lately and have just finished two sets of custom sized, lap joint glass pane doors for the tops of a couple closets. The next project will be three radiator covers. I have yet to tackle any dovetails or mortise and tenons in a project.
I was fortunate enough to come by an Ulmia workbench with a front and tail vise. The tail vise had a horrible scream when loosened or tightened. I lubed the metal threads with 3 and 1 oil…and I just want to be sure that wasn’t a mistake. Is there anything else I should have used? Sorry for the long wind…