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Newark, DE
United States

The picture you see of my shop are old. I will be posting new ones which show my drastically changed shop soon. I am currently in the design stages of building a 200 sq. ft shop/shed. It will be insulated and heated and cooled.

My Stationary Tools:

- Delta Contractor Table Saw (90’s model)
- Homemade Router table (not pictured, old one is)
- Drill Press
(Since the picture I have retrofitted it into a floor standing model, its got chuck wobble and will eventually be replaced)
- 12 1/2 inch Porter-cable thickness planer
- 8” powermatic jointer (80’s model, too big and 3 phase so its going to find a new home, will be replaced eventually, got it only to save it from being through out, if you want it, its missing some parts but decent)

My Portable Tools:

- Random Orbit sander
- Vibrating detail sander
- 3 1/2 inch power planer
- Skil 14 amp Circular Saw
- Ryobi 8.5 amp Fixed-Base Router (w/ aftermarket speed control switch)
- Variable speed Orbital-Jigsaw (harborfreight, crap, will be upgraded)
- Rotary tool
- 60’s stanley no.4

I am growing to use hand tools more as my skills get better.

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 03:49 PM

Not many of us have a shop full of top of the line tools, and to be honest, you seem to be off to a MUCH better start than many…

You are off to a great start on your shop. That is some decent equipment there… Just keep making the sawdust and eventually you will build up the tool inventory you want…

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 10:52 PM

You got a lot of tools. You shop is neat.
How do you deal with the dust?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 11:01 PM

looks like you’ve got a great setup. more than most people here. so don’t feel underpowered :)

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#4 posted 06-25-2010 11:55 PM

Its not the tools its the Attitude

Keep going, you’ll get there.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 02:01 AM

Hey Chris,
Good start with some cool toys….it gets better.

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 04:47 AM

Thank you for the comments everyone, I do wish however I had a machine for curve cutting because my jigsaw never cuts exactly 90 degree (maybe because its base is crap :P) and I always have to rough cut with the jigsaw and finish it off with sanding or trimming (by router).

lanwater: I don’t have any dust collection, i just clean up with a vac when I am done (it gets tiring). I would set up some collection but i’d have to enclose my router table bottom and my table saw as well. Plus i only have 1 shop vac and don’t like switching the hose.

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 04:10 PM

Chris, this is a pretty decent shop that you have. It looks like you have a nice set of tools to work with. It would be nice to have a dedicated shop space that was designed as a wood shop but most of us make due with what we have available. Your space has a window that lets in plenty of natural light and, I assume, that it has heating and air as well. These are huge bonuses in my book.

Thanks for the pictures. It was fun to tour your shop.

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

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 05:06 AM

Chris, looks like a very good start to putting together a nice shop, keep up the good work and before you know it you have a great shop and be a great woodworker, and let me tell you, when your my age you will wonder where the time went so make the most of it, Steve in Oregon

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 05:14 AM


I started woodworking on our dining room table in a one BR apartment, with hardware store hand tools. The important thing is to just do it.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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