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Thread: First Steps in the New Shop

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Tokyo, Japan

    First Steps in the New Shop

    Well, over the last few days I have made some steps in setting up my shop. I have a shop space but it does not have any windows (only open spaces) nor a door. It has a cement floor and some preliminary wiring. I also do not have any major machines. I used to have a lathe, drill press and a bandsaw, but I had to sell these when the building I had space in was torn down about 4 years ago. Since then I did not have a place to indulge myself. I did keep all my gouges, and small power tools as well as my grinder.

    So, over the past few days I have online ordered the Nova DVR XP lathe which was on sale at Woodcraft. This forced me to order the other tools because I am sending all to a freight forwarder who will consolidate the order and ship it to Japan. In addition to the lathe (my most important machine) I also have ordered the following.

    Grizzly G7944 12 speed Heavy-Duty 14" floor drill press

    Dewalt 735 planer
    Dewalt 745 contractor table saw. This was a difficult decision I want to have the ability that a table saw gives you (I have little experience with flat work). Would like to have bought a better one but I promised my wife not to exceed the budget that "we" established.
    Shop Fox 6" bench top jointer.

    Powermatic 1200 air filtration
    Grizzly Polar Bear 1.5 hp cyclone dust collection.

    I have a powermatic 14" bandsaw in Honolulu which I will ship to LA to the freight fowarder to consolidate with the rest. As you can see, I have focused my budget on the lathe, BS, DP and dust collection.

    Now, I have to get the shop enclosed, a floor put in and get it properly wired. I posted some pictures of the empty shop in the past. The shop is about 400 sq ft with 11 ft ceilings. It is a walk out basement which the original owner had used as garage.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Honolulu, Hawaii

    First Steps in the New Shop

    Kyle, Looks like you have things under control, so speaking. We will ned pictures as you go along.

    Hope things are OK there where you are. i guess my boy, over in Niigata, is OK. Sad for all the people in Japan.

    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

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    Fighting for all I am worth, and praying every day.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Sounds like a dream shop to me
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Sounds great Kyle, do you have any kind of ETA?
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Tokyo, Japan

    Not sure. There may be a problem within Japan concerning the availability of sub flooring, plywood etc. Future supplies are being diverted north to the earthquake and tsunami areas. This is by government ordinance. They are starting to rebuild.

    I will go up to Mt Fuji tomorrow to see if I can order the subflooring, insulation etc. before availability completely dries up.

    On the ETA, I told the freight forwarder to use the cheapest shipping (slow) possible. So, probably early May. I need to at least make sure the basement is secure. I am not so worried about theft but brand new tools in boxes easily accessible could be a temptation.

    BTW, I should thank you for the advice in choosing which tools to buy.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Here in the states, the best advertisement for theives are the expensive toy/shop/whatever boxes along the road for the garbage men. Shows everyone driving down the road what you have purchased and available for theft. I cannot imagine what you folks in Japan are going through. Congrats on a new shop, there is no feeling like it in the world.

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Tokyo, Japan

    Need to choose a different jointer

    Previously, I had indicated that I was going to purchase a Shop Fox 6" benchtop jointer. Unfortunately, I do not seem to be able to get a company to ship to California. ShopFox says they will not do business in California because of tax reasons.

    So, from what I can see I have two options. Delta 6" benchtop jointer or the Grizzly 6" benchtop. What are the recommendations? Price is almost the same. Will I be happy with either? Are their other options in the same price range? Help! I need to make a choice soon.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Kyle, I'm not sure if you know this, but Shop Fox is made by Grizzly. It is their retail line meant to be sold at tool dealers, whereas the Grizzly line is intended to be sold directly from the factory. They are very similar, with different paint jobs and a few minor differences to make each product line unique.

    I'm surprised Shop Fox told you they would not sell in California, since I've purchased a Shop Fox bandsaw and mortiser from Battel's Hardware in Whittier, CA.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Decatur, Alabama
    Depends on what you're doign with it. the grizzly is 100 lbs, if you can leave it stationary but just wanted the small footprint/price then go with it. If you are going to be moving it up/down from the table top, the delta is only 40 lbs and might work better.

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