|Workshop by Ted78||posted 12-11-2012 02:23 PM||994 reads||0 times favorited||9 comments|
2000 s 7
Lincoln, NE 68502
My workshop is just the partial unfinished basement of my tiny 1914 house. The biggest challenges, aside from space, are the uneven cement floors that make levelling and moving workbenches and machines difficult, the brick walls that taper in toward the floor making things like cabinets, shelves and pegboard difficult to intall, ad the fact that it’s at the bottom of the rickety basement stairs. But despite all this I;m rather fond of it.
The only real quality power tool I have is an old jointer.
I’ve have a 80’s era craftsman table saw that belonged to my grandfather-in-law. It functions but, not terribly well
I’m in the process of restoring a old Delta Rockwell 9” table saw hoping it will be a less frustrating machine.
A Harbor Freight bench top drill press that gets a LOT of use, drilling, sanding, hole sawing, clamped to the bench on it’s side as a makeshift mini lathe etc. No bells or whistles, and it’s not real big, but it’s actually pretty well built.
I also have a small band saw I picked up for under $100 at one of the big box stores. It gave me some grief until I bought a set of “cool blocks” for it. the original blade guides were just little bits of steel, the cool blocks I think are just bits of graphite impregnated plastic of some sort. It’s not the speediest band saw ever built, and it’s not going to mill any lumber or do any serious re-sawing, but for most band saw work it works just fine if you are willing to be patient and go slow.
I also have an old craftsman router mounted in a stamped steel router table. It doesn’t get a lo of use simply because I’m not that well versed in how to make good use of a router.
Hand tools, especially old ones picked up at garage sales and the like are much easier for me to obtain, and I’m learning that if they are sharp and well cared for, they aren’t really that much slower then power tools.
What I really want is a thickness planer. Then I could start out with wood from the firewood pile and between the broad axe, the jointer, the thickness planer and the table saw I could square it up. As it stands I don’t have any good way of getting the faces of boards parallel to each other.
I am lacking a decent set of had planes, which is just as well sine I’m also lacking the knowledge of which planes to use for what. I recently picked up a eggbeater drill, a small broad axe, a draw knife, and a hand rip saw.