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#1 posted 10-22-2011 05:16 AM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 07:00 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 08:44 AM

“WELCOME to LJ’s.”

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#4 posted 10-22-2011 04:18 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

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#5 posted 11-19-2011 09:05 PM

Ken – pleased and honored to be on your buddy list. If I can be of any assistance please contact me. I am a member of a local woodworking club and have assisted a number of people in setting up their shops, acquiring equipment, finding hardware and materials, lumber, etc. Would be pleased to help in any way I can.

Roger Moore

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 03:23 AM

Ken – Glad you contacted me and I would be most pleased to share what I have learned in woodworking over the years. First, feel free to email me at [email protected] Second, if you are near Aiken, SC I would be most pleased if you would load up and come to my shop. You are correct in that a lot went into this shop and I was fortunate to have the time to plan for it. Not a luxury many of us have. I will start off with some basics and we can expand on things as we go. I started out with a Craftsman radial arm saw, then a Rockwell radial drill press, followed by a Craftsman lathe and a used Craftsman bandsaw. I still have the drill press but have gave away or sold the rest of the equipment. What I have learned with my current setup is that there are no free lunches and that you usually get what you pay for. While the older less expensive equipment was good to learn on I continued to be frustrated with my projects because pieces didn’t fit, joints were too loose, things were not square, etc. which has led me to my current inventory of equipment. To this end, I started with three pieces of major equipment. A table saw, an 8” joiner, and a 15” planer All Delta. I purchased this equipment as factory reconditioned equipment from Redmund and Sons Equipment Co. In Atlanta ( for much less than retail. They are good people to work with and handle a fair amount of tried and true brands such as Delta and Powermatic. I could go on all night but will need to close for now. Perhaps email would be better for us?

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 03:33 AM

Ken – If I read your page right you must be in Columbia, SC. If you are, make sure you get down to Mann Tool there in Columbia ( Also, if you have a little time you might want to look into Woodworker’s Supply ( located in Graham North Carolina just off of the interstate.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 03:15 AM

Ken – Hope I haven’t scared you off? I have just reread your message and will get back to the question you asked. Equipment purchase priorities are usually determined by (1) your priorities on what you are wanting to build; (2) availability of equipment i.e. sales, specials, woodworking shows [see], used or new; (3) availability of the stock that you are wanting to work with (species of lumber, rough sawn, or surfaced, wet , kiln dried or air dried) and (4) money, of course. With the tools that you have it appears to me like you have a good start. Is the miter saw that you have a sliding miter? My thought is that it may be a little early for a router but a moderate sized one might be a good idea if you can find a good one on sale. For starting out my preference would be a 13/4 HP Porter Cable set that includes a fixed base as well as a plunge base. My experience is that it is very hard to beat Porter Cable for a router. With a router always buy one that has a 1/2” collet. You can always reduce it to 1/4” with a smaller collet if you need to. The larger bits offer considerably more stability and do much better work over the long haul. Based on my experience the next item I would be considering would be a band saw followed by a drill press. I started out with an old used Craftsman bandsaw which served me well for a number of years but my desire for building better and nicer things kept pushing the envelope and I gave the Craftsman to a friend just starting out and bought the 14” Deluxe Rikon a few years ago. Fitted with Timberwolf blades I really like it. I have found that most bandsaws fitted with Timberwolf blades just seem to do better. I bought one of the early Kregg pocket hole jigs and still wonder what I ever did without it. I use mine a lot and have now incorporated it in building almost all of my cabinetry which is based on the Sommerfield 03004 3-Pc Tongue & Groove Cabinetmaking Set ( For me a dowel jig was one of the last things I bought for my shop. I would prefer the use of biscuits, which are easier and quicker to use. As for the planer, the hand held versus the auto feed planer are two very different things. In general, hand held planers would be used in carpentry or making rustic furniture, beams, mantles, etc. An auto feed planer is used to surface wood such as rough sawn to smooth and to mill wood down to required thicknesses. As an example, I often have my lumber milled at the local mill from 1 to 1.125 inches in thickness. After drying for about one year I surface plane most of this wood down to 3/4 inch thickness. I hope that this answers most of your questions. Shoot me back a message. I would be glad to assist further.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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