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I’m brand new to Lumberjocks. As part of the “Getting Started” discussion suggestion I’m going to introduce me, my shop and what I’m doing. I started this hobby about 5 years ago after being away from it for 20+ years. I’ve been building up my shop SLOWLY, on weekends, and as “good deals” on equipment have presented themselves (thanks Ebay). First step was to build me a work bench. I chose something that best utilizes the space I have and was based on something I saw in Family Handyman years ago with some mods for my space. A few notables. I have a platform, in the middle of the bench, that accommodates several different pieces of equipment via a simple mounting system. I can swap equipment in 60 seconds using the “wedge” based platform each sits on which simply inserts in to a mating mount on the bench. I also recently added the fold down section that includes a face vise (rear jaw embedded behind front apron) and the “tail vise” arrangement. I’ve been mainly working on equipment acquisitions and building numerous jigs and other infrastructure over the last couple of years. Good examples are the router table and wall-mounted panel saw. Hey, building jigs is fun for me. Now that I have most of my basic shop infrastructure in place. I’m starting to build furniture and the like. My last project was an Adirondack chair my son wanted for Xmas.
I’ve come across Lumberjocks references over the last couple of years as I have “googled” for stuff. So I’m looking forward to participating as a member.

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 08:37 PM

nice setup i love how the bench is incorporated as a top/table for the tools also. Welcome to the best and most addictive site on the planet.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 08:42 PM

My my, it seems Sunday mornings are the time for new guys to post shops yours is soooo much nicer than mine.

Really nice job all that room! My wife was raised in Galena Park.

As one new guy to another Happy shavings.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 03:00 AM

Hey Vic,
Good looking shop with great toys to play with…and cool finished projects…well done.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 03:15 AM

Vic, this is a nice looking shop that you have put together. You have added some nice benches to your shop and as Ike commented I like the way you use the bench as support for your miter saw and mortiser. This approach frees up the rest of the bench when these tools are not in use. I built mine with extension wings for the miter saw. This eats up bench real estate and limits the accessibility of the bench.

You have a nice set of tools as well. Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed visiting your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 03:48 AM

Nice setup. I’d love some info on that panel saw build. A bit big for my shop setup as it is, but it is always changing…

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 07:01 AM

Thank you all for the encouraging and positive comments. This online community should be fun and useful. Regarding dbhost’s request on the panel saw, I got the plans for this from Workbench Magazine Dec. 2005, Vol. 61 No. 6 Issue #292. Just checked online and didn’t see this article in their archives. But didn’t look long. If you really want the article and can’t get it let me know. I use this panel saw a lot. Let’s me easily, and safely, breakdown sheet goods all by my lonesome. And takes up NO floor space.

-- Vic Rice

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 05:31 AM

hey Vic welcome aboard, I’m still building my shop hope mine turns out as nice as yours. LJ seems to be a great place to spend time looking around. Right now I mainly look at shops, but I’m sure when I start building stuff I will be paying more attention tot he projects. Have fun in LB’s, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 06:40 AM

Vic, thats a nice shop.

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