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    I'm in the process of setting up my third shop, which is only about 450 square feet. My old shop was about 360 square feet, but we moved away from it. Right now that consumes most of my wordworking time.

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  1. If you are thinking of building a free standing shop don't let the HOA stop you. I built a free standing shop (21'X21') even though it was against HOA rules. Here's what I did. Before I built it I met with the HOA president and presented him with an approved permit from the city, I asked him very politely for the HOA deviation form. He gave it to me and I filled it out and asked him to put it to vote at the next HOA meeting. I talked to a handful of my neighbors and told them what I was planning on building. I told them it wouldn't look like some crappy shed, but instead would look really
  2. I have no problem getting black melamine at my local Menards. They have tons of the stuff in stock all the time. I used it on my outfeed table. Here, you can see it in this picture.
  3. Sweet build, Eric. I especially love the picture where his sister is tugging on his cheek. ... Cute. Great work, brother. You should be quite proud of this one... and the little ones as well.
  4. Wow, am I enjoying this thread. I love the hourly update concept. Great work on this project. Looking forward to seeing it completed.
  5. Are you going to be selling off your whole shop or just the roubo? I notice some festool boxes in the corner... hint, hint....
  6. I've always heard that good deals can be had on Craigslist on bandsaws, but never experienced any. Most of what I've seen has been pretty much junk. Perhaps I just have bad timing. I think a quality bandsaw is a smart purchase. It is a very versatile and statistically very safe machine. I use my old POS craftsman a ton.
  7. Every year, I get up and grab some Veritas seconds. This year I over slept and missed my chance. BOO HOO.
  8. Well, really you can't go wrong with any of the four. The old school Besseys I think are the original and still a great clamp. The Jorgy's are fine and they seem super strong like you could crush something into powder with them. The only thing about the Jorgy's that bothers me is that they seem to stick from time to time and that can be annoying. Both the Jets and the Revos are great clamps. My preference is for the Revos, but only slightly. I don't like the release tab thingie as much as the smooth operation of the Revos. Handle toward the bar to close away from the bar to open. Simple and
  9. Today I have a nice mixture of old school Besseys, Bessey Revos, Jorgys and Jets. If I had to rank them I'd put them as follows: 1 - Bessey Revos 2 - Jets 3 - Old school Besseys 4 - Jorgensen Opinions are like backsides, however, everybody has one. And you usually assume everyone else's stinks.
  10. Here's what I use. Very versatile and really cost effective.,42884,68511&ap=1
  11. Eric, Personally I think the rule of 4 is a bunch of hoo-ha! I subscribe to the rule of 2. I build tons of stuff where the joinery holds it in one direction and the clamps hold it in the other. That being said, I have at least 4 of nearly every clamp I own.
  12. I have a mixture of Jets, Jorgy's, old Bessey's and New Bessey K-Body's. Very rarely have an issue mixing and matching them on a project. Sometimes the Jorgy's "stick" a little in the closed position, but other than that they all seem to work well. My personal preference is for the new K-bodys.
  13. Looks like I'm too late to the party. I actually went the other way. I got rid of my LN Bronze #4 because I prefer the LV 4-1/2. Aside from the fact that I prefer the feel and fit of the LV to the LN. I find the 4-1/2 much less tiresome to use and much more comfortable. The additional weight holds the plane down for me, and actually makes it easier to use. ... especially with a little canning wax smeared on the sole.