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Blog entry by OLCHIEF posted 02-07-2020 11:23 PM 395 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a lifetime woodworking dabbler, dating back to my middle school years in the 1960’s. A 42 year career in law enforcement and the Air Force got in the way of getting a proper shop established. When I retired from the PD 20 years ago I thought I would finally get the shop established but 9/11 changed everything when I was called back to active duty. For the past 6 years I have been operating a private investigation and firearms training business and just recently I determined that I would finally set up my dream shop and am moving in that direction. I am converting a horse barn (that I built almost 20 years ago) into my dream workshop. Right now working on getting it tight to the weather. The electrician comes the first week of March to install the service panel and I intend to order the machines in April. I will post photos of progress as time passes, am I correct that I should do that in the blog?
—OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle



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Madmark2

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#1 posted 02-07-2020 11:35 PM

Welcome and thank you for your service.

You can post either way. Individual posts get more views but you can cross link to the blog.

The blog makes sense as a serial story with installments posted as you go. Those who watch your projects will get update notices, but there is less visibility to the blog (blog entries normally don’t show on the Forums.

When in doubt, empty the mag.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 02-07-2020 11:46 PM

We will look forward to your shop build.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-08-2020 01:04 AM

Looks like its been almost 10 years since I’ve been back on LumberJocks. Saw your blog post and want to say welcome, and a big thank you for your service. Had to sell all my floor model tools when I moved into a new home with a smaller garage. Bought a new home 5 years ago, with a nice sized shop, and just last year started accumulating tools again. New lathe, bandsaw and planer so far. Still a ways to go so I can relate to your story a bit. Anyway looking forward to seeing your projects. Maybe a picture journey of your shop build.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#4 posted 02-08-2020 01:52 AM

welcome to heaven my friend,first off thank you for the service to our country,second i love seeing someone get excited about woodworking and watching them build their dream shop,this is such a rewarding hobby,business,or whatever it means to you.this is a passion that will take me to the grave,i hope you find what ive found here too.i hope you enjoy the forum,and if you need anything just ask and many will come to help.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Steve

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#5 posted 02-08-2020 03:08 AM


The electrician comes the first week of March to install the service panel and I intend to order the machines in April. I will post photos of progress as time passes, am I correct that I should do that in the blog?
—OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

- OLCHIEF

Welcome! Definitely post pics along the way. If you have any questions about machines or shop-set up run it by the group. You’ll get a lot of worthwhile feedback.

Steve

-- Free Wood Videos Here: https://bit.ly/2s0LyPT"

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#6 posted 02-08-2020 05:43 AM

Welcome O’C’. Like everyone else I’d like to echo the creation of happy-snaps (but no sideways pictures please and defenitely no upside down ones)... Just don’t forger that there is a spot on your homepage just for that, the workshop... Though gallery pictures are limited (6 I think), you can post as many as you like amongst the comments.

While waiting on your sparky and the machinery, may I suggest you take time to plan your dust extraction layout early. Nothing worse than trying to adapt to existing machinery placement and once thoise machines are placed they seem to embed themselves in concrete. Inevitably you’ll need to change it as the shop grows, but early planning can minimise the need.

PS. Remeber, power points are like clamps… you just can’t have enough.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 02-08-2020 06:23 AM

Welcome OL CHIEF. Please, do show us your progress as you get the shop together. We’re looking forward to seeing it.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 02-08-2020 09:47 AM

Welcome to L.J. Newguy OLCHIEF. Thank you for your service to the country. I look forward to seeing your progress.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 02-08-2020 04:48 PM

Glad to have you join the fun , Welcome!
Your shop sounds like it will be great,make sure to share photos of your progress.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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OLCHIEF

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#10 posted 02-09-2020 12:08 AM

Just finshed the doors last week
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-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

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#11 posted 02-09-2020 11:29 AM



Just finshed the doors last week
- OLCHIEF

May I make a suggestion OC... place your shop photos in your home page workshop receptacle… If only to have them viewable to all that may want to check out your credentials… in this post they will disappear into the archives that no one will read in a few months/weeks time and “get lost” over time.

You can always update this blog with pointers notifying changes to your workshop.

Just my 10c (no Aussie copper) worth.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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OLCHIEF

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#12 posted 02-09-2020 01:10 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I am still trying to figure out how this works. Best regards

Just finshed the doors last week
- OLCHIEF

May I make a suggestion OC... place your shop photos in your home page workshop receptacle… If only to have them viewable to all that may want to check out your credentials… in this post they will disappear into the archives that no one will read in a few months/weeks time and “get lost” over time.

You can always update this blog with pointers notifying changes to your workshop.

Just my 10c (no Aussie copper) worth.

- LittleBlackDuck


-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

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oldguy2

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#13 posted 02-09-2020 02:42 PM

Hi from Arizona. Welcome. I am showing on my blog my build of workshop number 6 since I moved from P A to here to be with family. This is a Shed Shop and talk about downsizing.. but some insulating and paneling ideas may help you looking ahead. Also any tool arrangements. i had basement and garage shops. My wife was a Minister and we moved three times so I learned to deal and build with whatever I had to and built one dream shop 24×28 so change happens. no photos of that shop. Check out my blogs or projects for ideas to help you. Thanks

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OLCHIEF

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#14 posted 02-11-2020 02:33 PM

Help me make a choice. I am acquiring a Sawstop Professional saw with 52 inch fence. I can get it with a router table extension with a router lift. The dealer suggested I consider a separate router table instead. Your thoughts?

-- OL CHIEF, Florida Panhandle

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#15 posted 02-11-2020 02:57 PM



Help me make a choice. I am acquiring a Sawstop Professional saw with 52 inch fence. I can get it with a router table extension with a router lift. The dealer suggested I consider a separate router table instead. Your thoughts?

- OLCHIEF


IF you have the room I would go separate from TS
IF you have smaller shop makes sense to put router into TS as then one fence 2 tools no extra room taken up :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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