help me 'spend' some money that I don't quite have yet.
I'm 'between jobs' at the moment, and as a result of that I've got loads of time on my hands. As one Potential avenue of income I'm considering applying for a grant to start up a small business. I fully realize that this is not the best way to start a business, but it is where I'm at right now, so let's see if I can turn a neutral (I'm not looking at the job situation as negative in any way, so the worst it can be is a neutral) into a very large positive. My immediate goals are to find a new job, but also start up the business on the side and grow it so that I can build the side business into a primary income. In order to get a grant, I'll need a strong business plan and a budget to even be considered for assistance.
for now I'm just trying to get a handle on a mod zero mark one generic woodworking shop. General use, with the intent to build cabinets, doodads, furniture, knick-knacks or anything I can do to make a buck. I know that specialty tools will come up once a better direction or scheme is realized. My intent here is to figure out where I'm at, to get short and medium range goals establshed.
SO, here we go
I currently have the following tools in my 'shop' :
Ridgid 3612 10" Contractor saw. Excellent starter saw, which includes mobility right out of the box with its herculift system. I have upgraded the blade to a CMT cabinetshop unit, and it does a fine all around job. Yes I'd prefer a cabinet saw, but at least for now I have this to build around.
Dewalt DW734 lunchbox planer. one half of the jointer/planer equation
Delta 12" benchtop drill press model 11-990.
Delta 10" CMS, folks honestly I don't know the model number, But it was my first 'honeydo' tool (honey I can build ____ if I buy this), pretty much like new even though it is about 8 years old. It is mounted to a chop saw/clamping station.
Delta 16" vs scrollsaw.
Porter Cable 690vspk kit. Plunge and fixed base, plus an extra fixed base for router table work. assorted bits.
Porter Cable 5" ROS. virtually new in box.
Craftsman Circular saw, old school tailed tool, hefty beast back when they built decent tools.
Black & Decker 18v drill/driver and 12v drill/driver. both homeowner grade, but they do the job.
Ryobi 18v 5 tool set, drill/driver, circ saw, sawzall, flashlight (does this really count as a tool?) mini vac (only listed because it is the 5th tool in the kit) plus 18v drywall tool and laminate trimmer. My dad gave me the ryobi set because he upgraded to a Dewalt. not sure how much use they'll be but I"ve got 'em so I'll list 'em.
Jet 650 cfm chip collector. doesn't suck much, but it is what it is, and can handle one tool at a time.
Add to that list above assorted clamps (never enough, of course) hand saws, a few hand planes (starter set which I have barely used)
also add a fair amount of cherry, maple and other assorted timbers which I have on hand.
Now, as you can see that is a fairly good starting point, and a nice enough hobbyist shop. All of which is currently sitting idle in here:
I used to share a woodworking shop with a buddy of mine, we were 'Madison Woodsmith' we rented 1200 sq ft of shop space in a business incubator building near here. We split up the business when I took my last job. it was pretty much a really nice hobby shop space, masquerading as a business. Rent went up every year, and we weren't producing enough to justify continuing the rental.
I know that space, or similar, is available should I be lucky enough to grow my business into something that needs that sort of space.
for the sake of the business plan/budget let's assume I'm going to build a structure on site here at the house as an initial place to work out of. As my needs grow, I'll either add on, or we'll move to a better/bigger house and lot.
For my proposed general duty woodworking shop, building furniture/object d'art/ etc... How do the following tools sound to round out the tool corral at least initially.
Jointer 6", used. I've got my eye on a craftsman which I'm used to and is local.
Bandsaw: I've been 'ready' to buy a g0555 with riser kit for quite awhile now. just didnt' have the shop to put it in.
Router table (shop built) and a 3hp router, for table duty. Hitachi M112 or similar.
6" belt/8" disc sanding station. I can get one very reasonable. , again, just no place to put it as yet.
Air cleaner. Either squirrel cage shop built, or commercial kit/premade. Must have for health reasons.
Along the same lines, I would upgrade my starter DC to a 'real' one, model and hp depending on budget and power availability, definitely would get a cyclone.
All of the above 'needs' are items which I could get piecemeal as I go. If I get lucky enough to get a grant I'll be tooling up in a hurry. If I don't get the grant, I'll be looking for/earning my way through each of them as projects come in. The biggest 'need' of course is a building to put them in, but that's a whole other post. As is what I'm going to do with them once I have them.