Stupidity presents an opportunity for a total shop reorganization! #1: Whoops and a little white lie...

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Blog entry by PlanBWoodworks posted 09-01-2018 02:38 AM 1883 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My shop had a heart attack. Well, that is the case if you subscribe to the theory that the table saw is the heart of any
wood shop. To be fair, the failure was totally my fault. Apparently, table saws find it disagreeable when you accidentally leave the wrench on the arbor after a blade change, and the turn on the motor. Strange how that happens. Anyhow, following that incident, my table saw soldiered on for several weeks before the end. Eventually, the arbor wouldn’t stop turning, even with wrenches locking it down. The arbor nut became impossible to remove. My DW7480 was toast.

Now, this is where the little white lie comes in. Stating that the Dewalt was beyond repair is POTENTIALLY untrue. I honestly have no idea. I did a sum total of ZERO minutes of research on the topic. You see, I had been saving for a new table saw for several months, and I used this incident as an excuse to get the wife to allow me to pull the trigger on the purchase a little early.

My wife is a special lady. Following the demise of the Dewalt, I informed her of the tragedy, and told her of my intention to simply purchase another table saw from Lowe’s or Home Depot (a Delta or Ridgid). She knew I wanted a SawStop, and told me to go ahead and order it. She reasoned that as I have been at this for a couple of years, it obviously wasn’t a hobby of the month, and as I have sold several pieces, she thought that I might as well go ahead and get what I really wanted. Following her proclamation, I quickly placed my order before she came to her senses!

Since I was ordering a new table saw, and I knew that I wanted to have it totally stationary, I wanted to take the opportunity to implement several changes to the shop that I had been putting off for a long time. For instance, my miter saw station was directly under the access to my attic, and any time I needed to change my AC filters, I had to take my miter saw station apart and that threw my fence out of alignment. Also, I wanted to move my pegboard wall to the my rear wall, and that would also be the new home for one of my workbenches.

This was also an excellent opportunity to update my miter saw satation. I had been using a repurposed TV cabinet as a home for my miter saw, I wanted to update that to something a little smaller and little less tv cabinetish. To make all of this happen, i first had to make room. That meant disassembling current miter saw station, my table saw cabinet and my mobile lumber cart.

I won’t bore you with the details, but I will tell you that when I deconstructed all of these pieces, I learned one very important fact. My earlier self that built these items believed that the more screws used, the better. I will NEVER have to buy another screw! 2 truck loads of scraps later, I basically had a blank canvas. Ok, so it was an extremely messy and disorganized canvas, but we all have to start somewhere.

In the next installment, I will actually start putting my shop back together!

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 09-01-2018 12:00 PM

I think my wife figured out my “little white lies” a long time ago but she’s OK with me buying the tools I need as long as I continue to make stuff she wants for the house.

As for remodeling the shop – might as well go all the way.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 09-03-2018 12:45 AM

I lost (cut off) my Right forefinger on a pre-war (WW2)

table saw in an Air Force hobby shop in Germany, so when I decided to retire, I felt it wise to test the waters of woodworking. After a year or so, my CSU (Chief Spousal Unit) decided as long as I was serious, a sawStop should inhabit my shop. Wel-l-l-l-l, OK! Since then, I have been fortunate enough to gather some nice equipment to help overcome my lack of knowledge.

-- "Women are like modern paintings. You can't enjoy them if you try to understand them." Farrokh Bulsara (Freddie Mercury)

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#3 posted 09-07-2018 02:45 AM

This is going to be good….

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

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