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Location: San Francisco Bay Area (east bay)

I'm just getting into woodworking. I've taken a few classes at the Woodworker's Academy and Diablo Woodworker's Club, but I haven't learned much about tool setup, both out of the box and for regular projects. I hope to become more efficient at performing setups, and building/learning to jigs and fixtures to make my work more accurate, efficient and repeatable.

-- - you mean I have to set up each and every new tool I buy?

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#1 posted 07-19-2009 08:59 AM

Hello All,

I’m brand new to LumberJocks and pretty new to woodworking in general. I’ve recently been following The Wood Whisperer and heard the reference to this site. Nice site, I think I’m really going to enjoy it.

I have taken a few woodworking classes and am in the process of building my own shop. I’m going to be gutting a re-roofing an old 800 sf home, converting it into a decent shop. I hope it’s enough space. I should have a 20’ x 30’ work area once I’m done. I recently picked up a Jet 10” cabinet saw, second had, off a guy on Craig’s List. I’ve been looking at getting a Grizzly G0636X 17” Ultimate Bandsaw, a Grizzly G0609X 12” Jointer w/ Spiral Cutterhead and one of the new DeWalt Track saws (corded version). Other tools I currently own are a 14” Jet Bandsaw, a Ridgid 13” planer, a Ridgid Oscillating Edge/belt Spindle Sander, a Ridgid 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw w/SUV, a ShopSmith w/4” Jointer & 11” Bandsaw attachments, a Dremel Scroll Saw, and a Delta Benchtop Drillpress.

I also have a partner in a small lumber milling business. We purchased a TimberKing 1220 and we’re slowly aquiring and milling logs. So far we’ve milled a nice 9’ x 39” Red Elm log and we’re half way through a 9’ x 40” Live Oak. We work very hard to quartersaw as much as possible and it looks like we’ll end up with some really nice stuff here.

Anyway, I’d love to hear any comments about shop setup and/or my tool collection or considerations.

Best regards,

-- - you mean I have to set up each and every new tool I buy?

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#2 posted 07-19-2009 01:41 PM

Hello Chris,

Let me welcome to LJs. I am sure that you will find being a member of this group to be both a rewarding and an inspirational part of your woodworking adventure.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 07-19-2009 03:29 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. We are here to help you with your woodworking endeavors. Feel free to ask for advise. But Be aware…this site can be very addictive…………LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 07-19-2009 03:56 PM

Welcome aboard. Happy to have you join us at Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 07-19-2009 06:26 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard. †

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 06:44 PM

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

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 07-20-2009 03:37 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! Have fun and share the knowledge.

-- Gary D.

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#8 posted 07-20-2009 10:59 AM

Welcome to LJ’s…the best site to enhance your woodworking skills and knowledge.

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#9 posted 07-21-2009 07:39 AM

Welcome to LJs a place were there are great people,super projects and fantastic woodworkers.Enjoy.

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#10 posted 07-21-2009 09:30 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks . This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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