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    A new beginning

    I've posted some of this info before so if you've read parts of it... bear with me.

    About 3 years ago I sold my entire shop. Tools, machines, jigs, plans, wood, everything. Before that I had spent several years building classical guitars. I started that endeavor with zero woodworking background. So without the whole back story... I'm back. I just ordered a bunch of tools from Grizzly a bunch more hand tools from Lee Valley and the game is on. The first order of business will be to build my shop. I have a two car garage, but it has to multifunction and parking for bicycles and skateboards, workout space for me, laundry and general catch all. It's not as bad as it sounds I've got a good 12' x 16' of clear floor space dedicated to WW and then additional space for storage. I've also got a spare bedroom for humidity controlled storage when needed.

    Look at the back grounds of these pics and you can see what I have to work with. Over the next year I'll build benches and shelves and totally reorganize the space.

    I received my G0691 table saw, G0555 band saw, Go452 jointer and G1163 DC all today. That's a lot of stuff to put together in one day. All the main assembly is done. Tomorrow I'll actually dial it all in and get it set up and ready to use.

    The extension table for the TS was damaged in shipping. Damaged beyond repair. I'll contact Grizzly about that tomorrow as well.
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    That's gotta be exciting
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    Geez Ronald, when you are back, you are BACK!

    Is your main focus going to be building guitars again?

    If so, will you build a bench just for luthiers?

    Cheers!
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    What a great time for you. Re-starts are always possible; the supply only runs out when your desire does, eh? I enjoy organizing (and re-organizing) as the need arises. Have fun.

    P.s. I found the tablesaw much easier to align for splitter, 90* and 45* with the wings and fence off. This is the core adjustment on your saw that everything else references back to. By setting this baseline up first, any adjustments you may make don't carry over to the wings and fence setup. Great looking group of machines. What a blast.
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    What great excitement at the anticipation of using your new machines. Ronald you lucky you dont have my neighbors or your garage would be called and industrial area
    cheers

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    Wow, I'm just a little green. That has got to be an exciting time. Can't wait to see some of your work Ronald.
    Darren

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    Very nice! But man, 4 tools assembled in one day??? I'll be lucky to get my G0601 off the pallet in one day!! I look forward to your progress on the shop. Be sure to keep us informed. Thanks for the pictures. Jim.
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    Yeah I don't know what I was thinking four machines in one day. Like I say I just did the basic assembly the actual setup will come today. I did square up the table saw prior to adding the rest of the parts as suggested by Glenn. I'll now go back and square everything to it... at least that's the game plan.


    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Geez Ronald, when you are back, you are BACK!

    Is your main focus going to be building guitars again?

    If so, will you build a bench just for luthiers?

    Cheers!
    Eventually my main focus will be making guitars. Remember I said when I started I had no background in WW. Well because of that I always felt I was not achieving the consistent quality that I should have. There were lot's of times where I would have to redo something when I wasn't happy with the result. So, the game plan is to build a bench and a chest of drawers for storage beneath it. I will use the making of those as an opportunity to explore some different types of joinery. I'll then do the same with some shelving and storage units in the garage/shop. In the interim I will begin collecting wood and tools for guitars. Slow and steady wins the race. So the short answer is no it will be a general purpose type WW bench. My guitar building is done primarily on a solara (dished work board) so it can happen on just about any configuration of bench. In the past I used a plywood bench, solara and small (very small) WW vice.

    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    What a great time for you. Re-starts are always possible; the supply only runs out when your desire does, eh? I enjoy organizing (and re-organizing) as the need arises. Have fun.

    P.s. I found the tablesaw much easier to align for splitter, 90* and 45* with the wings and fence off. This is the core adjustment on your saw that everything else references back to. By setting this baseline up first, any adjustments you may make don't carry over to the wings and fence setup. Great looking group of machines. What a blast.
    The main trouble I have with organizing is that I'm a pack rat and I need to throw out a bunch of stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    What great excitement at the anticipation of using your new machines. Ronald you lucky you dont have my neighbors or your garage would be called and industrial area
    You know I worry about the same thing. My town is a little over zealous when it comes to code enforcement.
    Last edited by Ronald Coates; 12-23-2009 at 06:48 PM.
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    Nice haul of stuff. Santa was real early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Southwood View Post
    Nice haul of stuff. Santa was real early.
    Santa had to be early, that was a whole sleigh load in one!!!!! Probably had to break a couple more reindeer and put in the hitch for that load!!!

    I thought I had posted and welcomed you back into the woodworking fold and into this family. Can't find it so must not have happened! The guitar is the one musical instrument I hope to learn to play someday. Just something romantic about a fire, guitar and stars in the sky. Plus, if I sing, won't have to coyote hunt on my farm, they'll run like turpentine has been applied liberally to their backsides!!
    Jon

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