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GlennKY

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01-25-2020 11:35 PM

I am Glenn. I live in Lexington, Kentucky. I was born and raised close to Lexington to it’s home. My wife and I have been living here in the same house for almost 25 years now. We are both Computer geeks and work in the IT industry. I was big into athletics through college with forays into both basketball and baseball. I had always planned to spend my retirement days playing golf and walking the beach with my wonderful wife. But now that I’m close to retirement I find that worn out joints from athletics and various surgeries over the years has left my hands and joints in no condition to spend much time on the golf course. So I started looking for something I could truly enjoy when I finally have time to do it. Woodworking!! BINGO…

I decided to get into woodworking about 2 1/2 years ago. I’ve always been rather skilled at covering my mistakes around the house and always willing to do something myself instead of calling someone to come do it right. LOL I think I set new standards on “starting from scratch” as I had a garage packed with junk and nothing but an old Sears router, a cheap circular saw and a couple of worn out cordless drills.

I started out with around $1800 and a open mind but I didn’t buy anything for nearly six months. My time was spent cleaning out the garage and watching many, many, many YouTube videos. I watched everything woodworking, not exactly avoiding the big channels with professional equipment and custom dust collection, but not really concentrating on it. Instead I was watching Jay Bates, John Heisz, Nick Ferry, James King and many other guys who had the setup I was looking for. My goal was to buy equipment that was somewhat better than entry level but nothing like the stuff from the big manufacturers. And to learn how to make things that didn’t require 10 years of classes and apprenticing. I was paying attention to what these YouTubers were using in their shops, not what they were selling for their sponsors.

I finally had a list. I chose a Rigid table saw from Home Depot, a miter saw from Ryobi, a planer from Dewalt, a jointer from Cutech, a drill press from Porter Cable, a bandsaw from Wen and an oscillating sander from Rigid. Price tag? Around $2000. I don’t have the final number but my wife the book keeper can get it for me. It took another 6 months to scout out the right sales and sources for reasonable prices before I had everything. As my garage started emptying out I accumulated a large pile of boxes in the back containing all the equipment that was ready to be assembled.

This collection of equipment provided me with a base for building my shop. In the back of my garage I put in a couple of walls. I wanted to avoid exposed wiring runs as much as possible. And poured concrete is not a very friendly medium to attach french cleats and to mount equipment. At the same time I put in a satellite breaker box in the garage and wired enough branches in the garage to operate all the equipment I had or thought I would have in the near future. I installed a 50A breaker in the main box to feed the auxiliary box. So I have the ability to put in both 110V and 220V outlets as necessary. Most of the usage is one piece of equipment at a time so I’ll never exceed the 50A limitation. This allowed me to convert the Rigid table saw to 220V. This was a major improvement. It seems to run quieter and doesn’t bog down nearly as much as it used to on thicker stock.

I built a work table, not a work bench, I wanted to learn about woodworking before deciding on a workbench. I needed storage more than anything so I built a miter station much like Jay Bates. Actually I purchased Jay Bates plans for a miter station but couldn’t afford to buy all the plywood needed for that and din’t like the thought of drawers where logic told me cabinets should be. So I did a major redesign starting with Jay’s designs and built my own.

As I learned I changed my goals and my aspirations several times. Now I think I would enjoy building things for profit. I can select things that fit my skill level and still have the opportunity to continue to improve until I can build fine furniture. If not, so be it. I’m in this for enjoyment, to stay busy doing something I want to do for a change, to challenge myself and impress the women.. LMAO (Ok, maybe not that last item!!!)

My real challenge is having time at this point to put into my Woodworking. I live in Lexington, KY but work in Louisville, KY. So I have an 86 mile commute every day. By the time I drive 90 minutes each way to and from work and work 8 1/2 hours at the office I don’t have a lot of free time. So I mostly am just able to work in the shop on weekends. Even then I have other obligations. Family, maintaining a home, doing things for my wife, following out college for football and basketball games, vacations, etc, etc, etc. Seems like the etc’s are never ending. That’s what, after 2 1/2 years I still have a long list of jigs and storage to build.

I finally realized that my two main reasons for having a band saw was to build bandsaw boxes and for resawing think boards and small logs. it was obvious the little WEN bandsaw was useless. So my first foray into a real piece of woodworking equipment. After a couple days on my knees my wife agreed to let me spend some of our “mad money” on a new Grizzly 17” 220v bandsaw. And this past christmas my extremely generous sister and her husband gifted me with a gift card that I used to purchase a new Grizzly G0458Z drum sander. Having the ability to easily support another 220V tool was a big deal!!!!

I just started my first 2 cutting boards recently. One is an end-grain board. The other is an edge-grain board. I am also in the middle of building a new mantel for our fireplace. These are my first hardwood projects. And I am so glad to finally start working with hardwood. I feel like it’s a totally new and different learning experience all over again.

I hope I haven’t bored you with my long winded introduction and story of my journey up to this point. I hope to make new woodworking friends and have new people to learn from as I try to do something useful with the new investment of money and time in my life. Please say hi. I welcome comments and suggestions. If you have well meaning criticism I also welcome that. If there is every anything I can do for you please feel free to contact me.

-- Glenn, Lexington, KY


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Rich

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#1 posted 01-26-2020 12:32 AM

Welcome. It sounds like you’re off to a good start. Don’t worry about being long-winded; at least you know how to use paragraphs. We’ve had longer posts without them.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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mel52

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#2 posted 01-26-2020 03:37 AM

Welcome to LJs. For me, it doesn’t make any difference if it’s long winded or not if it’s interesting. Oh, and if you do woodworking long enough, get knee pads. You will be finding yourself down there a lot trying to get her to agree to many tools in the future. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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mrgrtt123

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#3 posted 02-18-2020 04:37 AM

Just like you, I am also a newbie, still in the process of getting familiar with the categories that this forum have.

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Andybb

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#4 posted 02-18-2020 05:01 AM

Welcome!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 02-18-2020 05:17 AM

Welcome.

You said.

“I built a work table, not a work bench, I wanted to learn about woodworking before deciding on a workbench.

Later you will be glad. A horizontal surface is a necessity. A bench isn’t. Going one step at a time, you’ll end up with a much better bench when you get there.

I needed storage more than anything so I built a miter station much like Jay Bates. Actually I purchased Jay Bates plans for a miter station but couldn’t afford to buy all the plywood needed for that and didn’t like the thought of drawers where logic told me cabinets should be. So I did a major redesign starting with Jay’s designs and built my own.

Kinda sounds to me like you are finding a plan is just an idea of what you sort of want. Plans often cost money. Google images is just pics of things, if you can take the idea, and work out how to get there without a plan, think of all the cool hardwood you will be able to afford with the money you save.

-- Think safe, be safe

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GlennKY

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#6 posted 02-21-2020 02:29 AM



Welcome.

You said.

“I built a work table, not a work bench, I wanted to learn about woodworking before deciding on a workbench.

Later you will be glad. A horizontal surface is a necessity. A bench isn t. Going one step at a time, you ll end up with a much better bench when you get there.

I needed storage more than anything so I built a miter station much like Jay Bates. Actually I purchased Jay Bates plans for a miter station but couldn’t afford to buy all the plywood needed for that and didn’t like the thought of drawers where logic told me cabinets should be. So I did a major redesign starting with Jay’s designs and built my own.

Kinda sounds to me like you are finding a plan is just an idea of what you sort of want. Plans often cost money. Google images is just pics of things, if you can take the idea, and work out how to get there without a plan, think of all the cool hardwood you will be able to afford with the money you save.

- therealSteveN

I was mostly looking for something to start from. I don’t mind paying for plans from time to time. I have learned a lot from Jay’s videos. It was a small payback on my part.

-- Glenn, Lexington, KY

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Brawler

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#7 posted 02-21-2020 03:22 PM

Have you considered to look for high quality used tools? If you are patient and determined there are some really good bargains out there. I’m in the camp, I would rather buy a quality used tool vs a new tool of lesser quality that I can afford, or want to afford. With that said, congrats on the 17” band saw, I’m jealous. Welcome to LJ, I’m new to this stuff too.

-- Daniel, Pontiac, MI

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GlennKY

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#8 posted 04-08-2020 05:48 PM



Have you considered to look for high quality used tools? If you are patient and determined there are some really good bargains out there. I m in the camp, I would rather buy a quality used tool vs a new tool of lesser quality that I can afford, or want to afford. With that said, congrats on the 17” band saw, I m jealous. Welcome to LJ, I m new to this stuff too.

- Brawler

I have been looking. But I’m extremely skeptic about buying used tools. If it were all that good the owner wouldn’t want to sell it. If they really wanted to sell it you get a story about how great it is and how sad he is to let it go. I’ll admit it fits my budget much better but I have a “thing” about buying other people’s cast-offs. I’m not criticizing anything you are doing. I know there are tons of woodworkers out there that were able to find great equipment at a bargain price. I just end up with broken down junk that costs more than new just to get it working again no matter how careful I shop. A bandsaw that ran great during a 15 second demo ends up throwing the blade after 20 seconds. EVERY TIME. :) I’ll keep looking into it.

-- Glenn, Lexington, KY

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pottz

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#9 posted 04-08-2020 06:53 PM

welcome to lj’s glenn so nice when a new member comes on and tells us about them self,weve got hundreds that join and never do anything.looking forward to seeing projects from you.this is a great place to learn and grow the hobby with a very knowledgeable group of woodworkers ready to help in anyway we can.hope you enjoy this place as i have.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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