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My shop is a 3 car garage roughly 20'x 20' with a 15'x10' nook (3rd Car). The first thing I did to my shop was build a work bench for all my tools and to get stuff off the floor (back wall). I then decided to build an actual work bench to assemble my projects (Sold it, replaced with MFT/3). My wife and I have plans to move back to Texas in the near future so everything I'm doing will be able to come with me for the most part.

Follow the journey as I buy and build my shop over the next couple years, April 15th 2011 was when I bought my first tool

Craig's List Finds

Ridgid 6" Jointer. CL $175 (SOLD IT)
INCRA 1000SE Miter gauge. CL $65 (SOLD IT)
Dewalt DW735 Planer. CL $300 (SOLD IT)
INCRA LS Super System Combo #3, INCRA II Router Lift, PC 7518 Router, Freud 13 piece router set. CL $700
Kreg Precision Router Table Setup Bars. CL $30
Kreg Feather-board. CL $5
INCRA 12" Precision T-Ruler. CL $20
Porter Cable 14 piece Forstner Bit set. CL $40
10' Clear hose & Jet Hose Clamps. CL $FREE
E. Emerson Clamp Guide Track Set of 3. CL $40 (SOLD IT)
Jorgenson 6" Wooden Hand Screw Clamp. CL $10
Jet 16-32 drum sander (NEW IN BOX). CL $600
Festool MFT3 & Accessory Kit (NEW). CL $600







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Lance, I have to agree that you are off to a pretty good start on your shop. You have built a nice, solid workbench and the storage shelves are definitely a plus as well. I am looking forward to seeing updates to your shop as you get an opportunity to post them.
 

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Oh ya, vise grips. I get it. Nice shop…....
 

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nice shop. I'd put a 220 plug or 2 somewhere in there. some day, you'll want that juice. if you look at my shop pics, I've got a HF 2hp dust collector. (bought it for 139 on sale once), and it works decently as long as you use it on all your too
 

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That is a fine workshop; you did a great job on that work bench and everything is nice and neat. I'll bet that you really enjoy doing work in there. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.
 

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So…....... I purchased the HF Dust Collector last week on the 4th. HF had a 25% coupon online that day and after reading a lot of reviews I decided to pull the trigger! With a couple of mods I think this DC is well worth the money IMO. Here it is, one step closer to my shop having my shop up and running!





 

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I was making a normal trip to HD for a spray pump for my RoundUp I bought at Sam's the other day. While entering the store through the lumber side of the store I couldn't help myself but go through the tools section. Well, turns out it was a good decision, Ridgid's 15" Drill press was on sale for $254 regularly $299 at HD. I talked with the sales guy and asked how long its been on sale because they only had one left, he said "a little while, it should drop again b/c their being discontinued or a new line is coming out" So I jumped on it! It's the one I want for my shop and I'm going to leave it in the box for 30 days just in case the price drops again!

 

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great looking shop. I'll send in some pics of mine when I slow down. I have the same drill press. I was totally suprised on how good of a machine it is. Don't forget to register it. Rigid has a lifetime warrenty and they back it up providing you follow the registration policy
 

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Hey Lance,
Looks like you are well on the way to having a great shop. Now if you can/con talk the boss into the OTHER half of the "shop".
 

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Great looking, clean and well orgainized workshop.
 

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I like the ide of the open draws on the bench… that way you can see whats on it and still use it as a draw(ish) cool…
 

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Hey Lance, my name is David, and no thats not me in my profile pic… haha But anyways I live near Tulsa and was wondering if and when you upgrade your saw, if it is going to be soon, would you mind letting me know. I would be interested in you Ridgid if you plan to sell it.
 

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Lance, for these items below, its states (Sold), does this mean that you bought them from craigslist, then you sold them also?
If yes, what did you sell them for (reason) and (amount$), also, did you replace them with some other "Better" brand/tool?

Ridgid 6" Jointer. CL $175 (SOLD IT)
INCRA 1000SE Miter gauge. CL $65 (SOLD IT)
Dewalt DW735 Planer. CL $300 (SOLD IT)
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E. Emerson Clamp Guide Track Set of 3. CL $40 (SOLD IT)

Last question, from the list you have above, thats what you have picked up from craigslist, if its not stated above, then you just went ahead and bought it from the store/internet?
 

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Just4Fun -

That is correct, bought on CL and sold on CL. Off the top of my head I don't remember what I sold them for. I sold my flip cart as a whole and the other items individually. I typically get anywhere from 90-110% of my money back, I usually got such good deals on CL's to begin with that I can typically get my money back or lose a couple bucks. CL's got my shop up and running back in 2011-12' and the tools I purchased held there value over the years, making it easy to get my money out of them and upgrade.

As far as new tools, I always wait for a sale online or at Rockler or Woodcraft, and about 90% of my "new" stuff I get online (no sales tax) and I try to get free shipping.

If I had to guess I've saved a couple thousand on deals and CL with tools I still own and will own for a long time.

Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks Lance. It really does help.
I aspire to be like you and have such a nice shop with the best of the best tools.
My journey in woodworking started in 2007, but unfortunately I have not had the time I would like to work on projects.
I am taking a step approach also, with my tools, upgrading from one lower level grade to the next, but I am still one or two steps away from getting to where you are at.
My question now is, what did you get in "there" place.
By "there" I mean in the place of Ridgid 6" Jointer, (By the way, on Friday (10-17-14) I picked up this model_JP0610 off of craigslist, almost brand new, for $200) this is going to replace my little bench Delta Jointer (JT 160)
What Planer do you have now? I got the DW735 about a year and a half ago; this replaced my Delta Portable Planer (TP305)
How about the Spindle Sander (Ridgid), did you get something else to replace it? I was thinking of going to HD soon, to pick one up.
What about your drill press, do you still have the Ridgid, and if yes, how is it, is it any good? (I have a Craftsman bench top one, but I don't really like it.
Lastly, what about your dust collector, did you ever get something else to replace the HF one?
 

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That's awesome you found really good deals on CL, now when you upgrade you should be able to get your money out of them and put that money into the upgraded tools, that's what I was able to do.

I now own the Jet 12" Combo Planer/Jointer w/ a Helical cutter head - this tool won't be upgraded anytime soon. I also upgraded to a Laguna 2hp Cyclone Dust Collector that runs on 220v, I also decided to finally install permeant ducting to all my big machines, TS, BS, Jointer/Planer, Router etc. I went with Nordfab Ducting, literally installed all the ducting in an hours time. Overall the cyclone and ducting combination exceeded my expectations, it's easily 5 times more powerful than my Thien HF unit i made.

I replaced my Dewalt Miter Saw with the Festool Kapex and bought another CT vac, I got the smaller Midi this time, I have plans to have that in my Miter Saw Station I plan on building this season.

My drill press is still the Ridgid, it works fine, it's a tool I don't use that often, but when I do, it works good enough. I'll upgrade to the powermatic once we move, 3-5 years down the road.

I own the Ridgid Spindle sander as well, works great and you can't beat the size and price of the unit. I did purchase the WoodRiver Disc sander b/c I didn't like the belt option on the Ridgid, I'll be building a cart that holds both of these sanders this season.

I have a youtube channel that shows the progress of my shop from the early years to now, haven't uploaded a video in a while but I plan to do an updated shop tour when I return from Vacation in a couple weeks, I've got big plans in the shop this year. Check out my Blog for the link to my YouTube Channel.
 
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