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Project by sixstring posted 05-04-2012 08:17 PM 5037 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of, I’d like to say that this website and all the wonderful members and charachters on here have really been instrumental to ramping up the motiviation to set up my shop. I’m an amateur for sure but I’ve made simple furniture and decks in the past and I’ve always loved working with my hands. When my wife and I were fortunate enough to buy our current house, it signaled my need to build my own furnishings. Pottery Barn and IKEA will never see the likes of me again!

With that said, here are some pics of my set up. I was lucky enough to score a well kept PM66 as the centerpiece of my shop. You guys dont wanna know what I got it for. Lets just say the place I was taking wood/metal shop classes at purchased a bunch of Sawstops and were kind enough to let me have this perfectly working industrial beast for a song. Getting into the shop was another story but I wont get into that. Suffice it to say that it made it in good working order.

I apologize for the messy shop condition. These pics were taken before I properly tidied up. My first real project right now will be turning about 10 church pews that I picked up free on craigslist, into a custom builtin bookcase for my living room. I said I would take them sight unseen, so I was dissapointed to find that it was mostly 3/4” hardwood with an oak veneer. Still, it works very well as bookshelves. And I can say that I saved them from landfill and my wood has a colorful history (baptist church in East Oakland…) I also scored tons of steel pipe that I’m still unsure what to do with.

Anywho… this is my first post here on LJ and I look forward to sharing my progress with you all and document this new and exciting phase in my life.



-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 09:48 PM

Great looking shop, and it’s very clean compared to mine. I recommend you post this on your workshop so members that look you up can see where the beautiful projects you create start from.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 10:04 PM

Thanks for the heads up, I noticed that after posting this so I’ll work on it once I get some new pics.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#3 posted 05-04-2012 10:43 PM

Glad to hear that you are reusing products. It sometimes is a little harder, but the project means so much more. I think I have saw envy!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 11:12 PM

Tell me about it. Taking the pews apart was actually pretty easy, but the work involved stripping the layers upon layers of thick gunk and sanding is exhausting. Still, I’m gratified by the fact that I’m working with perfectly good solid material that was headed for the trash. It’s what I plan on primarily working with provided I dont have any pressing deadlines.

What’s funny is that under the veneer is some glued up walnut, with an occasional piece of poplar (i think.) I thought about planing the oak veneer off but it goes so well with my oak floors. The thick side pieces to the pews are veneered plywood. Not sure how i’m going to use these yet, but I’ll try using a couple ends as table legs and see what happens.

The saw is pretty amazing considering my previous one is a Ryobi BT10. 3HP and cast iron is sweeeeet.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#5 posted 05-04-2012 11:20 PM

That’s a really nice table saw. I’m fairly envious.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 05-04-2012 11:25 PM

Took some work getting the extension table and outfeed parallel to the saw. I plan on putting the whole rig onto wheels and leveling legs so I imagine I’ll have to do it all over again soon enough. Then again, I’m not a tall person so having the work surface at 34” is actually quite nice for me, so who knows. Still a toss up.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#7 posted 05-05-2012 12:15 AM

Great looking shop, awesome table saw setup

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 05-05-2012 03:05 AM

That is a nice saw and you did a great job out the table for it. Welcome to L.J.’s and keep the project pics coming.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 05-05-2012 03:37 AM

Save ANY of that crushed velvet. That’s good for box lining when you catch the box bug here on LJ’S.
Actually it appears that you have plenty of room now. But that may change!!!

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#10 posted 05-05-2012 04:52 AM

Your fence looks just like mine. Vega?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 05-05-2012 11:33 AM

Looks fairly clean to me – and well used. That’s the whole purpose of a shop, so no need to apologize.

-- John from Hampstead

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#12 posted 05-05-2012 02:18 PM

Loos great, bigger than mine. Since My shop is a bit smallish I’m always trying to look for ways for more room. I have a stereo similar in size to yours with a remote. I mounted that thing high up on the wall on the opposite side of the garage to get it out of the way. Just an idea.

Happy Woodworking!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#13 posted 05-05-2012 03:38 PM


Shop looks like a place where work gets done! I, too, grabbed about 10 pews from my church when we did a remodel of the sanctuary. I’ve been looking for ideas on what to turn them into. Looking forward to seeing what you do with yours. Not sure shelves are in their future; they have contoured seats and backs… Keep us posted on what you do.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#14 posted 05-05-2012 03:45 PM

Very nice shop. You’ll have a lot of fun in there. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 05-06-2012 01:39 AM

Congrats on the saw and the shop

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

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