New from Seattle area
I was searching something and ended up here. Decided to join after I saw helpful answers from helpful people.
I recently built a shop/barn on my property. The barn is for my wife, the shop is for me. So now I have a 900sf dedicated hobby woodshop. I like making unique items for family and friends, whatever seems interesting, mostly furniture or household items. I had a few basic craftsman tools, bench top stuff mostly. My plan was to upgrade to better stuff over time and outfit my shop slowly. Then I saw one of those too good to be true ads on craigslist that turned out to be true. I went from next to nothing to an overflowing shop overnight. I have too much stuff now.
Long story short, I bought the entire contents of a cabinet maker's shop for a steal. I now have at least two of almost everything. The purchase came with literally everything you'd need for a woodworking shop. 2 table saws, 2 shapers, 2 planers, 2 drill presses, 2 scroll saws, band saw, jointer, edge sander, spindle sander, lathe, Meplamat, 3 chops saws, 3 compressors, dust collector w/remote, hand tools, 150 clamps, 6 routers, 5 drills, every imaginable electric hand sander, nail guns, 2 rolling tool boxes full of tools, 6-8 levels, every size and shape of square, etc. It came with boxes of shaper bits, router bits, saw blades, drill bits, dados, hole saws, chisel sets, sand paper, jigs, etc. It even came with a phase converter for a couple of tools that use 3-phase power.
I was overwhelmed for a while going through it all. I don't know how to use all the tools. I don't know what some of the various things even are. There aren't manuals for most of it. Some of it is really old. Some of it is quality stuff, some of it isn't. It’s just about every brand: Delta, Rockwell, Jet, Grizzly, Reliant, Belsaw, Rigid, etc. I think I'm to the point where I know what I'm keeping and what I’m getting rid of. I now have the shop organized and wired. I put in fifteen 110V outlets, six 220V outlets, and one 440V outlet (utilizing the phase convertor). I am almost done with the ductwork for the dust collection system, waiting on parts.
All that to explain why I may have some odd questions from time to time, such as “what is this?” and “what do you do with this?”
Maple Valley, WA
Last edited by timjpearson; 01-04-2013 at 06:26 PM.