Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) #12: Hurricane Harvey, a tablesaw and a planer

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Blog entry by FreddieMac posted 08-31-2017 02:42 PM 2719 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, looks like we were going to be hit by Hurricane Harvey, so late Tuesday night school was canceled and I figured I would have a raining day in the workshop all to myself. When I started the reconstruction on my workshop, my wife got a number of sales on a list of equipment I needed to replace stuff from my old shop. That equipment has been sitting in my living room for a couple of months. The big ticket item was my new table saw. In my old shop, I did not have a table saw. All my projects worked around not having that tool. When I decided to rebuild, I wanted to get a good table saw on a limited budget. My wife found this Delta contractor saw on sale at the blue store.

I have never owned any Delta tools, but I saw good reviews on the saw. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and take a chance on that table saw. She also found a Delta planer and jointer on sale too. I think these were last year’s models, but all are brand new in the box.

So was the rain began yesterday, I started unboxing that monster and installing it. I can tell you, having a table saw is really nice. I made some adjustments and did some test cuts. I am surprised at how smooth my cuts are compared to the other ways in the past I was crosscutting.

Along with that saw, my wife got a great deal on a Delta planer and jointer. I decided to pull the planer out of the box and assemble it.

Originally, I was going to just store these two items and pull them out when I needed them. Then I started to lift this guy around the shop, nope, not going to happen. So, I decided to build a quick little rolling stand for it. I ran to the orange store and grabbed some casters and a couple of 2×4s. I put my new table saw to work.

Put in a few pocket holes and then went and found some scrap hardboard. I also reused the handles from my Kobalt tool chest because those are going to stay put in their spot and never move.

Then I found the perfect spot in the shop for my planer to live.

Next step is to continue cleaning and building my tool wall. Now I can start making some tool hangers now that I have enough woodworking tools in the shop. I figure in a couple of weeks I will be ready to getting back to some fun projects.

My shop is small, 10’ x 16’. The tablesaw is probably to big for the shop, but given it is on wheels, I make it work. I normally do not work with large stock, so I can move it around as I need it. My big concern is a workbench. In my last shop I had a mounted workbench with a island that came off it. My current setup, although better is making me wonder about how I can get a small workbench in the mix. Will need to put some thought into that.

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#1 posted 08-31-2017 03:12 PM

I have the exact same hybrid. Absolutely love it. How much did the wife find the planer for? I need one for my shop…..

-- Woodworking......There's no app for that!

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#2 posted 08-31-2017 06:32 PM

I have the exact same hybrid. Absolutely love it. How much did the wife find the planer for? I need one for my shop…..

- NateCreates83

I think it was like 293 at Lowes. It was on sale one weekend and we also had a 10% discount card from EBAY. I tested the planer and with ear protection, I was shocked at how quiet. I ran some test scraps through the system and it worked like a champ.

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#3 posted 09-02-2017 03:02 AM

Awesome news, glad everything is coming together

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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