Setting up a (semi) surprise workshop for the fella

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Forum topic by Toddy03 posted 01-20-2021 02:41 AM 283 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2021 02:41 AM

Hi! Newbie to the forum. Been lurking a bit and getting great info on various workshop components. Bit of background…my husband and I got into woodworking very casually but also partly out of necessity…no money! Cheaper to build and repair on our own. Over the years, we’ve gathered quite an assortment of tools, mostly hand and small power tools. Fast forward about a decade and I’ve completed graduate school, we bought a new home and it comes with a two car garage. Garage is a misnomer as a previous owner encased the doors in a wierd way and it would be incredibly difficult to ever make it vehicle ready again. Soooo…. workshop it is!

As a surprise for the hubby (OEF combat wounded vet) and as a thanks for all the years of putting up with me all over the country in training, broke, etc etc…I took the plunge and bought him a table saw. He thinks he’s going to get a Dewalt jobsite saw. I actually ordered him a Grizzly G1023RLWX with a mobile platform and a dust collection system so he doesn’t have to keep using our gerry rigged vac system. Obviously, the Grizzly won’t be here for a few months. So i have time to work on other matters. I’m thinking french cleats on the walls for storage. I’d also like to get a new router to replace the very very old and electrically questionable Sears and Roebuck one my grandad passed down twenty years ago. The space has two large benches against opposite walls so we may not need a center worktable right away. I can probably reasonably throw another $1k in tools in to the shop between now and when the Grizzly arrives.

Sooo, all that is to ask…if you were going to wake up one day and get a surprise workshop what might you be looking for? I do a fair amount of around the house stuff (shelving, wall trim, etc) but what I’m really excited for is making tables, benches, beds, etc together again. Grateful for ideas for making a fun workshop as a thank you for the fella.

-- Nature has formed you, desire has trained you, fortune has preserved you for this insanity. - Marcus Tulius Cicero

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#1 posted 01-20-2021 02:56 AM

A jointer and planer. Nice pup you have.

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#2 posted 01-20-2021 03:35 AM

Very thoughtful! Good lighting, ventilation, outlets, and shop organization – sounds boring, perhaps, but key to building out a modern shop (and a lot easier to do before the saw arrives or you build the rest). You might partner with friends or neighbors on jointer/planer – and I think you can do a lot with the table saw, dust collection, milled lumber (or hand planes), and a good bench. You can find half-height, surplus lateral files for tool storage. Clamps and work-holding on the bench. In terms of equipment, I might shoot for a good drill press next.

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#3 posted 01-20-2021 11:41 AM

Thanks, corelz125 and Jerroni. Corelz, you’ve got a good looking pup, too. Our old man is nearly 16 and he’s the last man standing of three. Needles to say, he gets what he wants.
We’ve only ever hand planed so we’re both excited to get a planer. I’m trying to spy which ones the fella has been looking into. With the saw, I had a pretty good idea of what we need ( which this is far more than), what he likes, and tried to get something that will be a long term fixture. Having the garage prewired for 240v was a big bonus. The jointer/planer combos seem great and there are a ton of local cedar and cypress shops here. Food for thought… Our clamp situation is pretty sad so that’s a great idea, Jerroni. I’ve been thinking about a vise or two as well. Lighting is currently just okay. LEDs would beat the fluorescent tube hummmmm for sure.

In a funny update, the dewalt jobsite saw is back in stock at our local big box. I’m going to wind up having to buy a decoy used saw now to avoid the $600 dewalt and watch the look of annoyance till the Grizzly comes. The only plus will be I can use the decoy to make some of this shop stuff.

-- Nature has formed you, desire has trained you, fortune has preserved you for this insanity. - Marcus Tulius Cicero

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