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About Fxguy

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    Champaign, IL
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    New to woodworking, interested in small projects, mostly toys, workbench, those sorts of things.

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  1. How does everyone organize their shop / tools? Do you organize by use (marking, cutting, measuring, etc...) or by category (screwdrivers, clamps, squares, wrenches, etc...) ?
  2. I have the whole ADD thing REALLY bad which not only explains why my shop is a complete disaster and why I have so many partially completed projects. Krtwood - I have researched Adam Savage quite a bit and really love his organization philosophy. I agree on the dust, which is where a really good dust collection system comes into play. We recently were able to gain access to the attic space above the garage and I might be able to put a workbench up there for some of the finer electronics stuff. I've been considering rebuilding my workbench because when I built the current one I was building it with my Ryobi table saw that I couldn't get a square cut out of to save my life. I need to get some time to sit down and plot out a floor plan for the major tools / big stuff. With 40 hours a week at work, and the 1 and 3 year old, time in the shop is extremely hard to come by. Guess I'll have to go back to my old adage that 15 min here and 15 min there will eventually add up.
  3. Ok I think I'll turn this into a step by step process with some pics (which will help me stay accountable) starting with my Drill Bits and Drill press..... will post as soon as I'm done Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. LOL. Sad to say these are AFTER I had already rented a dumpster and hauled off a lot of junk. Had a friend from church who came over and cleared everything out for me since time is at a premium with the little ones. I too tend to hoard parts and scraps thinking I'll never know when I may have a project that could use this...and it has happened a few times where I've dug through scrap and had just the right parts. I definitely think I need to start with figuring out where I'm going to permanently store the big stuff (table saw, bench, etc... and then build a few more shelves / drawer units to start. Part of the problem is not everything has had a home to start with.
  5. Making a big dent is easier said than done. We have two little ones (1 and 3) who are a handful and leave little time out in the shop at the moment (which is why cleaning and organizing is so important, to save me some time looking for things!). I originally built the table saw / router table cart so that the very heavy table saw would be mobile while at the same time saving me some room. However it is so huge I probably should rethink it. Especially because I don't really use the router table much. I use my tablesaw and bandsaw more than anything. Planner and joiner don't use too much. I ended up taking every hand tool I could find and dumping into a drawer in preparation for this endeavor. Another problem is that its not as much a woodshop as it is a maker shed. I do a lot of electronics / animatronics and metal work out there in addition to to working with wood so I'm having trouble thinking through the design / layout for a multipurpose space. Thanks for the links! Trying to read through them tonight while playing legos! :-)
  6. Thanks guys! We haven't parked anything in there in a while..but my wife would really like to get her car back in there. TIODS could you link to one or two of the threads you recommend? Located in Champaign, Il btw. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Ok, admittedly my ADD and laziness has finally gotten me and consumed my shop space. Posting some photos of nothing else to help shame myself into doing something about this mess. So please go easy and forgive me of my sins. I don't even know where to start. Please advise on some practical step by step things to get this under control and get back to work. Thanks ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Here is the other side.... But it is sanded the same.... I don't think I sanded to through, here is a corner that I can see the thickness of the veneer... I thought it might be because the two of us were staining and she applied more stain in those areas where we overlapped. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I sanded to 120 with my festool sander then applied the stain below with a foam brush. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. So my wife and I are staining s hickory plywood top for her craft table but the stain came out uneven... How can we even this out and get a nice even coat? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. This is exactly what i was looking for...thanks!
  12. I've got a project I'm working on for my son, making a rocking horse. Problem is that to attach the legs, they are screwed to the body from the inside and there just isn't enough room for the drill. Anyone know of an adapter to drill in such tight places?
  13. I would think hard about getting a 150 (6"). A 6" sander has so much more surface area than a 5" sander. If you are mostly doing face frames a 5" is fine. But for sanding panels, tops, etc the 6" is so much better. You might regret buying a 5" if it is just to save a few bucks. Admittedly it is to save a few bucks, but right now I'm basically still just getting into the hobby. It has taken me several years to get a grizzly table saw and band saw setup and a decent porter cable router. All of my projects so far are small toys for my son or jigs for the tools. My current project is a rocking horse for him and his sister but the largest pieces are the legs and they are at most 6" wide. Most of the pieces aren't the size of panels or tops etc... Also there is a woodworking shop nearby that in the event of needing a panel or top sanded, I can have them run it through heir drum sander for much less than the cost of the 150. Also, as weird as it sounds my wife is an easier sell to but the 125, let her see how well it does at keeping the dust down( her biggest complaint about not learning woodworking with me) and then say we could upgrade later to the 6" Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks guys! I think I'm going to go with the ETC 125. For $195 it fits my budget better and from the sounds of it will meet almost all my sanding needs for the foreseeable future. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. So I'm about to take the plunge and purchase my first Festool sander. From everyone I've heard from it's pretty much the only sander you'll ever need. But what exactly are the differences between the RO 90 and the ETC 125? Which one would be considered more versitle? If you had to pick one over the other which would you choose? Thanks!