Getting Started #2: Next Steps

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Blog entry by Tim posted 02-11-2009 03:37 AM 805 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, I have posted a couple of pictures of my proposed workshop in the workshop area. I’m really excited about it. After all these years, an actual shop and not a corner of a cramped garage! I’ll post more after I clean off the clutter on the workbench. It’s a vicious cycle – I need to unpack tools to build storage to hold the unpacked tools which have no storage to hold them. I’m not exactly a clean freak, but chaos isn’t my thing either. Looking for tools under other tools is no way to work (though I’ve had to do it in the past).

It was exceptionally warm so I went to the garage and visited my stationary tools today. Over the winter a scarcely visible film of rust formed on the Unisaw. I could feel it more than see it. Anyway, a wipe with a scratchy sponge and some WD-40 cleared it right up. I can see I’ll have to replace or rebuild the switch on the Unisaw also. Maybe I’ll move the saw into the basement to protect it, though I am afraid of dust throughout the house.

I am struggling with the idea of the radial arm saw. It’s a 50+ year old DeWalt my father gave me, and it’s built heavy – no plastic here. I wonder if it is worth cleaning and aligning, or should I just break down and get a miter saw? In my youth I used it to cut dados, tenons, and miter cuts, but I wasn’t doing really careful work. I like to try and use what I have. Any opinions? The saw put out good work in my father’s day, but he is one of those old-timers that could practically make furniture with a hatchet and a bow saw. But I digress…...

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 05:16 AM

I too appreciate the move from tight quarters to a nice space that can be rightly called “a shop”. I used to work either in my shed or carport at my old house. I believe it was Blake that has a blog about restoring an old dewalt RAS; you may want to check that out. Judging from his work I’d say he was able to get it working perfectly again; perhaps you could too.

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 06:46 AM

I’d restore it, so go for it man! After a while, the history of the tool will bring you great pleasure every time you make something with it. Anyway, older tools usually just plain work better. I blame the civil war.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#3 posted 02-11-2009 04:25 PM

I say fix restore that radial arm saw! Those saws are great for making dadoes, and besides, it was your fathers. I love knowing the story behind the tools I use. It’s as if they speak to us everytime we use them.

-- Julian, Homewood, IL

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