Building the Shop

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Blog series by Lance updated 10-11-2015 02:42 AM 32 parts 170962 reads 239 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning

07-13-2011 07:36 AM by Lance | 6 comments »

So, my fiance at the time and I bought our first house at the end of Feb. First thing I said when I saw this houses garage was…... “my DREAM wood shop I’ve always wanted” .... SOLD!! lol My wood shop is going to be in my garage, it’s a 3 car garage set up with a tandem on one side, I’ll be using 35’ x 10’ of it and the wife gets the rest! :) The first thing I did was build a bench to get all my odds and ends off the ground. The front was supp...

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Part 2: Ridgid Drill Press on Clearance!!

07-17-2011 08:27 PM by Lance | 11 comments »

I was making a normal trip to HD for a spray pump for my RoundUp I bought at Sam’s the other day. While entering the store through the lumber side of the store I couldn’t help myself but go through the tools section. Well, turns out it was a good decision, Ridgid’s 15” Drill press was on sale for $254 regularly $299 at HD. I talked with the sales guy and asked how long its been on sale because they only had one left, he said “a little while, it should drop again ...

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Part 3: Update

07-29-2011 04:09 AM by Lance | 8 comments »

I bought the Ridgid 15” Drill press with the intention of keeping in the box for at least 30 days so I could watch the price and see if it would go down since the salesman said it was on clearance. Well….... that lasted about 45 minutes, i realized if the price did drop I could just take my receipt up there! Good thing I was acting like a 6 yr old on Christmas b/c the one I bought was missing a bunch of parts, like the cast iron base. They must have sold me the one they were gr...

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Part 4: INCRA Miter found on Craigslist

07-31-2011 06:42 PM by Lance | 5 comments »

So I was doing my normal search on CL in the 3 cities I live closest to like I do almost every night. Well I remembered I’m going to Wichita Tuesday for work why not look there so I did, nothing came of it so I was board and just typed in Table Saw, I already have one but you never know what might pop up. Good thing I did!!!! The INCRA miter gauge is what I wanted! So I emailed asking if he’d sell it w/o the saw, $60 INCRA 1000SE I’ll pick it up Tuesday if nothing is b...

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Part 5: Video Update

08-02-2011 04:50 AM by Lance | 19 comments »

Here’s a quick Shop Tour Update of my shop and the progress I’ve done since we bought the house in March.

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Part 6: INCRA made it to the shop

08-03-2011 04:09 AM by Lance | 2 comments »

Well I picked up the INCRA miter 1000SE today from a guy on CL and the first thing I did when I got it home was take it apart and clean it, there was a little rust so I gave it little TLC. TOO MUCH TLC….....well really just to much water!! lol Nice and clean after her bath, probably the last bath of her life!!! I’m going to make it snow wood all over her!! Not bad for $60!!

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Part 7: My next toy for the shop!?!?!

08-08-2011 05:39 AM by Lance | 11 comments »

I wanted to get some feedback from Lumberjocker’s on what I should get next, I’m getting close to the end of all my big tool purchases and Fall is just around the corner so I’ll be able to get back in the shop to make sawdust, lets hope so with these hot days we’ve had. My shopping list: INCRA Joinery System Combo #1 w/ left had router tableDewalt DW618PK Router….....or something better??? IDK, Suggestions!! Grizzly 14” Deluxe Band SawDewalt DW735 Pla...

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Part 8: DW735 on CL

08-12-2011 12:38 AM by Lance | 10 comments »

As many of you read in my #7 Blog I asked for some feedback on what I should get for my shop next. Everyone’s comments were helpful!!! I started looking on CL and came across a DW735 Planer for $400, these don’t pop up on CL to often in good condition, offered $375 and I had my myself a new planer for my shop. The gentlemen only used it for one small kitchen project, so it turned out to be a great deal for me.

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Part 9: Things to come this Winter

08-14-2011 07:22 PM by Lance | 7 comments »

Hey LJ’s, it’s starting to cool off here in Oklahoma City, well at least this week it’s been nice. I’m getting excited for Sept. b/c I plan to make some sawdust in my shop! I have so many projects/ideas for my shop and house, its should be a good Winter building furniture! This weekend I’ve spent all my time finalizing measurements and researching hardware for my first 2 builds. I’ve got all the necessary hardware like the 4” heavy duty casters, 10...

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Part 10: INCRA LS Super System on CL

08-21-2011 07:10 PM by Lance | 13 comments »

Hey LJ’s!!! Since I’ve started my shop back in March CL has been really good to me over the past couple months. I’ve bought my Ridgid Jointer ($175), my Dewalt 735 Planer ($375), and the INCRA 1000SE ($60) and everything was well taken care of, overall I’ve saved A LOT!!!! Those were all GREAT finds on CL’s until Saturday morning when I got on CL and saw a gentlemen selling his whole shop that was less than a year old. He was selling: Powermatic 1792000K Mo...

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Part 11: Can't wait ANYMORE!

08-23-2011 05:51 AM by Lance | 4 comments »

Well LJ’s it’s TIME!!!! I’ve been waiting for the heat to go away but I guess it’s still August and it looks like it’s not going anywhere. I need to install a couple 110V outlets before I really start knocking out some projects but I can’t wait anymore!!! I’ve had a couple shop furniture projects on the top of my “to-do” list like the Ultimate Miter Station, the Torsion Assembly Out Feed Table, Planer Table but now with the addition of ...

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Part 12: Video Update

09-07-2011 02:08 AM by Lance | 7 comments »

Here’s a little video of my shop growth over the past month. I also talk about the build of my new INCRA router Cabinet. Hope you enjoy it!!! Keep following me on YouTube and Lumberjocks!

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Part 13: Small Additions

10-05-2011 02:07 AM by Lance | 7 comments »

I finally got around to cutting the hole for the dowel, now I can put long stock in my vise. My blade hasn’t been parallel to the miter slot since I bought the thing, I was watching the Wood Whisper the other night and clicked on his TS set up video where he used the dowel method to square it to the miter slot, worked out pretty well, mine was about a 1/16 off. Then I tried setting up my INCRA miter gauge to square but I think I still need to tweak it. I think I might bui...

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Part 14: Installing Outlets, Finally!

11-10-2011 07:27 AM by Lance | 3 comments »

I bought the house in Fed. and the garage only came with one 110v 15amp outlet in the 3 car garage. I’ve used this system the last 8 months, and it’s been a pain in my ass every time I want to use multiple tools on a project. Plugging and un-plugging cords, bending over thousands of times, you get my pain! lol I finally have the plans to my shop and I know where I want all my tools to be permanently. I previously installed a 220v for my jointer I bought of CL in Dallas but a co...

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Part 15: Video Update

11-11-2011 05:09 AM by Lance | 10 comments »

Finally installed some outlets in my shop.

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Part 16: Thanksgiving Weekend

11-26-2011 06:03 AM by Lance | 9 comments »

So I had a couple days off of work and my parents came up from Dallas to eat turkey with my wife and I, thought I might take advantage of his extra hands! lol He never knew it was coming, provide beer and a man will help every time. We all got up to play in the BLACK FRIDAY mess, I wanted to be at WoodCraft before 7 a.m. so I could get a shot at the lumber racks for 39.99, reg. 59.99 and the Woodriver chisel set, on sale for 49.99 reg. 79.99. Lets just say I was the first one in the door a...

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Part 17: Wynn filter delayed, 2.5HP TEMPEST Cyclone in the future

11-28-2011 05:13 AM by Lance | 4 comments »

After finalizing the separator and attaching it to a couple machines I notice the lack of suction, especially on my router. The top 2 1/2” hose doesn’t pull in chips like it used to and the box is lacking as well. That being said I decided to hold off putting anymore money into the system I wanted to build, I think it’s a great design with the motor above and the separator along with a Wynn filter attached to a clean out, eliminating the bag system and HF filter. The HF m...

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Part 18: Christmas gifts arrive!!

12-06-2011 01:16 AM by Lance | 9 comments »

So my wife and I ordered our x-mas gifts the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. We both got our boxes in today, she’s real happy and I’m kind of excited. I’m excited for my Dewalt router, but my 6” combo square came in metric, and the Japanese waterstone was cracked on the corner pretty bad. Just something else that has to be shipped back to the store. Thankfully Amazon doesn’t charge you to send it back, I’ve almost spent $100 in shipping this past 2 months ...

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Part 19: Ridgid R4512 Zero Clearance Insert

12-07-2011 02:54 AM by Lance | 17 comments »

I decided to try my DW618 out tonight and made a ZERO clearance insert for my Ridgid 4512 out of MDF, kind of just playing but it came out pretty well so I finished it. I’m SCARED to cut through with it, for some reason I think it’s going to come up and hit me because it’s not a 100% secure engineered fit. Give me some feedback, will I be fine??

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Part 20: Drill Press Table

12-12-2011 12:47 AM by Lance | 5 comments »

My wife was off this weekend so I didn’t spend to much time in the shop and I really didn’t have a game plan on what and how I wanted to make the table. I know in the future I want to install the Kreg Flip stops on my miter station so I decided to get the same T-track for the drill press table, that way the stops work through out my shop. I also plan to use the same T-Tracks on my super sled I plan to build in the near future. I’ll finish it up tomorrow/this week, I need ...

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Part 21: Mallet made of scraps / Laguna BS Update

12-19-2011 02:29 AM by Lance | 1 comment »

Well my birthday is coming up on the 5th of January and I had planned on buying the Ridgid Oscillating Spindle sander since the reviews are fantastic. This past week I started making the plans to my Flip Top Cart I was going to start this weekend with the planner and sander. It was slow at work on Friday so I went to the Laguna Tools website and saw that the Resaw King on sale, 25% off which I thought was a good deal, I don’t own a Laguna nor a band saw but I thought what the heck, I...

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Part 22: HF Mobile base, Shop Vac and New Laguna

12-31-2011 03:13 AM by Lance | 1 comment »

After deciding to mount my DC on the wall and run ducting to all my tools i’ve done a complete 360, the HF is back on wheels!!! Since I’m wanting the Tempest 3.5 hp Cyclone down the road i’ve completely stopped with my DC plans. In the meantime I decided to make a mobile base you see everyone doing on here. I should have done this the first time around, shop clean up was a breeze with it on wheels again. Now I’m able to connect it to each tool again! ...

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Part 23: Video Update

01-01-2012 08:25 PM by Lance | 2 comments »

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Part 24: Laguna 14" SUV Band Saw

01-09-2012 05:35 AM by Lance | 21 comments »

My Laguna 14” SUV band saw got delivered on Thursday, my 26th birthday and I’ve been like a 8 year old kid on Christmas ever since! lol I’ve been looking for that perfect band saw for my shop since March, at first i wanted the Ridgid, not enough re-saw capacity. Then I moved onto the Rikon 14” deluxe, solid BS for the money and finally I really liked the Laguna SUV, 3HP, ceramic guides, 14” of re-saw capacity but the price was a little high for my liking. That be...

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Part 25: I'm BACK!! Another Fall, Winter & Spring of Woodworking in OKC

08-26-2012 07:48 PM by Lance | 7 comments »

Turn down the heat please, let me back in the shop already, it’s almost September. Well guys, it’s been almost 6 months since I’ve built anything in my shop, the last project I built was my wife’s Jewelry Cabinet Armoire back in March. I’ve spent the last 6 months perfecting my golf game, in the shop I HATE sweat dripping off my head but on the course is the one place I don’t mind sweating. I’ve had a great summer playing golf and getting my HDCP d...

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Part 26: Jet 16-32 BRAND NEW on CL

08-28-2012 12:29 AM by Lance | 5 comments »

Sunday night I found the Jet 16-32 brand new in the original box, never opened for $700. I really didn’t need it right now, but in the future I was going to purchase one for some upcoming projects. So I did what most of you probably would do if your interested in something you want, I went up to my wife and told how much I loved her and gave her a big hug and a kiss. Right then she knew, “what do you want”??? lol So I told her the situation, call the guy up to see if they st...

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Part 27: Updated Shop Pictures

09-05-2012 06:09 PM by Lance | 1 comment »

Hey guys, I’m back in the swing of things, I’m eager to get the ball rolling on some more shop improvements, like the flip top cart I plan to build once the summer heat leaves Oklahoma. I posted some updated pictures of my shop, it’s been 17 months since I bought my first tool, the Dewalt 10” Sliding Miter Saw and man has time flown by!!! I’ve come across some GREAT deals on CL that have been a blessing in disguise like the INCRA Router Combo and my newest fin...

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Part 28: DW735 Planer HELP!!!!!!!!

03-09-2013 03:44 AM by Lance | 8 comments »

Hey guys, Just when the weather starts getting good, I break my Dewalt DW735 Planer. Sadly I’m still working on my flip cart project, but all i had left was to install the planer and spindle sander. Ok, this is were I got myself in trouble. I took the planer off the 4 threaded post legs, thinking it would be easier to install the planer on the cart with just the bottom base & threaded post legs, then I could thread the planer back on the post legs. Well, I was WRONG!! I can not...

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Part 29: Dewalt DW735 Planer / Festool Domino XL

03-17-2013 11:16 PM by Lance | 2 comments »

This is a follow up to my previous blog post from last week. I took the HEAVY planer head off the threaded post so I could mount it to my Flip Top Cart easier. BAD IDEA! I dropped my planer off last Monday at the Dewalt Service Center here in Oklahoma City. I told them the issue I was having with the planer. After checking out I found out that Dewalt has a Maximum dollar amount per tool, once you’ve hit that dollar amount everything else is cover by them. For the DW735 that was $290,...

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Part 30: SawStop - Why'd I wait so long!!!!

04-12-2013 04:44 AM by Lance | 11 comments »

Over the last couple month’s I’ve been planning and preparing for the build of my bedroom set and living room side tables. The first thing I new I needed/wanted to help me with these upcoming projects was the Festool Domino. Once that came in from Amazon and I got a chance to play with it I knew I had drank the “Green” Cool-Aid!!! lol, I started thinking,.....I going with Festool, time to start upgrading tools. I really wanted the Kapex down the road, so I put my 10...

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Part 31: Miter Station / Ducting / Air Filtration / A/C & LIGHTS

09-08-2015 10:29 PM by Lance | 11 comments »

I’ve been working on the build of my shop since 2011 when we bought our house, started buying tools off CL or on sale, as well as building shop furniture to be more organized. I haven’t posted on LJ in a while and I wanted to share whats been added to the shop in the last year. Many of you who have followed me on YouTube know that I’ve been a seasonal woodworker (April-Sept I’m golfing due to the Oklahoma heat) and moving forward that won’t be the case anymore! I...

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Part 32: Shop Additions - A/C, Insulation, LED Lights & Wall Cabinets

10-11-2015 02:42 AM by Lance | 2 comments »

I spent Labor Day Weekend “working” but only the type of working I enjoy! I can’t get the embed link to work.

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