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Thread: What a thrill it is after 4 years to finally...

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    What a thrill it is after 4 years to finally...

    be using my shop to build something for the first time!

    4 years ago, I started building this shop as you may remember. The empty shell was done by mid-July. I painted it, installed the electrical, insulated it, covered the walls.........AND THEN THE TURNERS STRUCK! Well for the next 18 months, I was in the Vortex and couldn't find my way out. Last September I finally got a temporary reprieve from the bottomless turning pit and began finishing the shop. It's finally painted.....the lights are up....the DC is installed......(but I'm going to make some minor changes on the hookup to my tablesaw) and today I started using the shop for the purpose it was made.

    I began constructing my first shop cabinets. What a joy it was. I had a wobble dado blade and hated the results. I had purchased a Freud stacked set and they had been sitting for 2 years unused. What a joy it was to use them today. The results were as you would want and desire.

    I've got some Mother's Day obligations but tomorrow without too much effort I should complete my first shop wall cabinet.

    What a kick it was to set up a tool...use it.....have most of the dust picked up by the DC and get the results I wanted. I can nitpick joints as tightly as I want considering the dynamic medium wood is.

    After I have the first one completed I will gladly submit photos .....but for now I'm just enjoying the process!

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Glad to see you're finally reaping the fruits of your labor, Ken. Enjoy, and watch those fingers. You're probably out of practice.
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    Nov 2006
    Between Aledo and Fort Worth, TX
    Yes, Ken. You are right. And i think it will be just as big a kick when we finally start making something in the shop that has it's final destination outside the shop! I've been working on the rehab of my shop building for 3 1/2 years now, so I know what you are feeling! I need to rebuild an outfeed table, build a couple more drop ins for my multifunction wall, and finish out the finishing room, and I'll be there. Jim.
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA

    Ken...glad your finally able to get to work in your shop!

    Now...don't make me call the pic police on you!
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    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Hooray. Congrats. That's gotta be a good feeling.
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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Way to go Ken............................. FINALLY

    Looking forward to the pics!
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    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Ken, you give me hope. We're getting our house on the market this month with me having the vision of a shop at the next one. Currently I work out of my garage. My neighborhood doesn't allow any out buildings, so we're looking to find one that does. I'm sure this will mean that a new/new to us house will have a lot of projects as well, but as long as I get my shop I'll be content.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    Talking its bout time!!!

    well ken your gonna find theings that you want to change long after you start using it.. i havnt been up to full operation yet and already have things i wished i had changed and probally willlater but i too got things i need to get done first... now continue to take pills for that disease of abyssnomonia and perhaps you will be cured of it fortunatly i still am immune to it got all my apendages crossed to help in case it trys harder congrats ken.. oh by the way do you have a blade guard suction on your table saw?
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    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Nope I don't have a overhead blade guard suction. I don't know that I'll be able to add one easily either. I have a contractor's's a Ridgid TS3650 ...a gift from the wife.....just prior to her giving me the shop. It's got a nice flat cast iron top on it. Underneath the tabletop, the blade is enclosed and has a hookup for the DC. It works okay but I'm not overly impressed by it.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Is a shop ever really finished?

    Congrats on making sawdust!
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