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Newbie shop setup

by Newbie17
posted 02-21-2017 02:07 PM

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 02:59 PM

First, welcome to the fun. I’ve been doing this a long time and built my shop over many years. Here’s my responses

TS: – Nice choice I have the 5hp ICS, and you will love sawstop quality and CS.
BS: – I have the Grizzly 17” G0513 and its over 10 years old and still going strong. Grizzly makes a good tool. I would suggest you also consider looking for old american iron too. I have my griz set up with a 1” carbide blade for resaw and I found a 1934 Delta 14” for cutting small stuff and it was 200 bucks so consider that.

Jointer: I have the griz 12” jointer with just HSS knives and again griz big tools are good. You could also look for old iron as well. However, that is a good jointer.

Planer, Not familiar with that model, but those are nice. If you going for spiral head, if you can get the byrd, probably only change. Not sure if that model is their version of the head or the actual one.

Drill press – If you can find an old powermatic or Delta that would be good. Check for runout.

As to big tools consider a router table build. I’d get a good router like a PC7518 and a router lift like a woodpecker PRL and build a good table. I use my router table as much as anything else.

Other Tools I would say is some good measuring tools. I a good combination square like a starrett and some precision squares. A good machinist strait edge is really nice and I use that a lot for my tools.

A good set of calipers, or a magnetic base. I have a grizzly set that has come in great use for dailing things in and measuring runout (while not required is nice to have and not expensive)

Finally Dust collection. You don’t mention your age, but you need to be good to your lungs!!!! please be aware COPD after years of Dust will not be pleasant.

Get a decent dust collector and use it!

I like festool sanders and the TS55 for big ply breakdown with Good DC is a pleasure.

And wood! Start buying in bulk if you can.

Finally HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 03:47 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Good luck on your building, it can be very rewarding.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 04:10 PM

You are really planning to jump in with both feet! I like your attitude, but I hope you don’t underestimate the amount of time it will take to accomplish your goals while working full time. It’s an ambitious agenda you have laid out.

Making cabinets, if you are going to do raised panel doors, I’d look for a good shaper as well. Also, a complete shop would include a lathe and a disk/belt sander and maybe a wide drum sander for sanding panels.

I’ll second the admonition about dust collection!

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 04:25 PM

Not sure if you count this as large equipment, but a good miter saw really helps break down materials. If you have the space, a panel saw of some type for breaking down sheets will be a god send for you when doing cabinets.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#5 posted 02-21-2017 04:46 PM

Welcome aboard.

Cabinets, huh? It all started with a leak in the kitchen sink! We wound up building a buffet in our dining room to test my cabinet building ability, then completely remodeled our kitchen. And a friends rent house; now two of them. And I built several other cabinets and another friends kitchen overhaul.

Before I got started doing all of this, I searched You Tube to figure out how I was going to build the cabinets. I found a guy that builds custom cabinets and I adopted his basic work flow. It has worked well for me and now I am up to about 75 cabinets of some sort. After all, most projects are just a box to begin with.

Good luck. Get a nice miter saw. It will come in really handy.

And…don’t forget you need a good work table! Here is mine .

Our buffet

Our kitchen remodel

Blake and JoAnn's Kitchen Remodel

Here is a link to his videos. No BS, just descriptions of his work flow and demonstrations.
Kris Reynolds Custom Cabinets

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 10-16-2019 06:24 PM

Update: I had to put off a lot of this for awhile since I went to working 6 days/week for a year and a half, but I finally got around to starting projects.

Most of the equipment was upgraded, lol.
-Sawstop 36”
-SAWSTOP in-line router table
-Porter Cable 3.25 HP router motor for router table
-Bosch 2.25 HP router
-Dewalt little 1.25 HP handheld router
-Jet 20” helical head planer
-Grizzly 12” jointer
-Laguna 18” BX bandsaw
-ClearVue Max dust collection system
-Jet overhead dust collectors (fans with filters)
-Festool Domino (for mortise and tenon), included because of price. EXTREMELY USEFUL!!!
-Veritas low angle jack plane
-Lie Neilsen block plane
-Lie Neilsen #4 smoothing plane
-Hand me down Stanley planes
-Dewalt compound miter saw
Lots of other little things. One of the most used and versatile of the little things is the Starrett 12” combination square. -Lots of clamps, pipe, quick clamps, parallel bar….. -Chisels (Narex- I love them) -Diamond sharpening plates -Veritas honing guide

The projects have begun.
-Replaced a bunch of broken drawers to hold over until cabinets are made.
-Murphy style fold down table
-Almost done with aquarium stand
-Next is a princess castle bunk bed Here is the question: Do I use MDF to build the castle because of all the cutouts or use baltic birch? Pros, cons?

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#7 posted 10-16-2019 06:40 PM

thats an impressive assortment of quality tools sounds like your up and running,looking forward to all the projects you post.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 10-16-2019 10:21 PM

Man, you really hit the ground running when you finally jumped in. Beautiful work thus far. You should post some of your individual projects into your profile. I love going back and seeing what I made or gave away as gifts and then get comments a few years later about it.

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#9 posted 10-18-2019 04:57 PM

That sure is a lot of money in tools, no way I could get that past the boss. Nice selection though.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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#10 posted 10-20-2019 09:40 AM

“Next is a princess castle bunk bed Here is the question: Do I use MDF to build the castle because of all the cutouts or use baltic birch? Pros, cons?”

I wood not use MDF or cheap plywood for inside projects due to the formaldehyde fumes. Birch plywood is much better in my experince.

-- Eric

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