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  1. This is more than hypothetical situation. A couple of friends have shown more than a passing interest. But when they are in my shop standing amongst 20k ish worth of hobby it is daunting to say the least. Friend 1 has a space and I pretty decent amount of basic tools and the knowledge to use them safely and effectively. He has consumed overwhelming amounts of woodworking videos and information and thinks he wants build a good solid workbench. Also has a newborn and knows time is at a premium. I keep hearing phrases like "I know I need a table saw, but....." All I can can say is why. Ninety percent of the stuff I do with that 600 pound 220 volt brick of cast iron can be done with a circular saw or router. Is it easier and/or faster. Yes. I don't typically mention searching craigslist because individual results will vary from market to market, and not all resulting good deals can be repeated. We are also about five or six years past the point of finding those sweet Stanley bedrock planes for $30. I guess am afraid that I am setting someone up for failure. But I also have a bad habit of telling the truth as I see it and it can be done. I don't feel comfortable telling someone that it is 3, 4, 5, or 10 thousand dollars to do this when I know it doesn't. Don't make any mistakes either, I don't want to chop out mortises with a chisel while my domino sets idle. But it can be done.
  2. It has been awhile since I have been on the site. Apparently my last post was February 2012. It is scary how fast time passes. I have a new house being built with a dedicated shop complete with heat and air. My shop is mostly broken down in prep for the moving process. I have had some "friends" rummaging through my shop collecting the tools in the darkest corners with the thickest layers of dust. I have always been of the mindset that if need to borrow something I need please return it promptly. If I don't need it it is yours. Unless it is my Domino. "What is this?" "You can have my Domino when pry it from my cold dead hands." Some questions have arisen about beginning woodworking and how much things cost. I am of a rare fortunate sort that has the tools I think I need. This overwhelmingly long winded preface brings me to a loaded question. Knowing what you know now, how much do you really think you need to start this hobby? What tools could you live without and what tools would could you not? I have several people over the last year that have asked this question. As I reevaluate the last few projects that I have built that number seems to keep getting lower. Just looking for feedback to support or disprove my thought process. I am not looking to argue points of view. Nor is anyone allowed to tell my wife that thousands of dollars of massive power tools could basically be replaced with a circular saw and a router. Especially on the eve of me ordering a 20 inch planer. Sorry for rambling.
  3. Sorry for the late post, but I haven't been posting much lately. I have the grizzly t10010. It works wonderfully just as advertised. But you will have to invest more into it than expected. You will need the tormek jigs to go with it. The stone is a must. You will need some way to true the stone. There is a Tormek jig for that. I purchased the Tomek square edge jig, it is much beefier than the Grizzly. The knife jig will allow you to sharpen almost any knife (makes my wife happy). The leather wheel takes some getting used to. I still use my black akansas stone for honing. You will get water everywhere, so you will need to be ready. Not with chsles so much, but with anything wider than the wheel. Basically I have quite a few cheap chisles. When they get really dull or chipped I throw it in a pile. Pulling out and setting up the sharpener is a task, so everthing gets sharpened at once. Knives, chisels, and planes all at the same time. The real advantage is that I have the tools to easily set up my chisles at extreme angles.
  4. I have the G0690 and I had a 7/8 dado on the unit with spacer a couple of days ago. Still had threads showing. Probably just conservative ratings. The factory dado plate is inch and a quarter wide. Could always make two passes.
  5. I would do a crosscut sled. That many cuts just a special one time use sled like 6 or 8 feet long for work support. Clamp in several at a time. Doesn't have to be dead perfect just efficient. Actually I would dig out my dads old radial arm but that's no help.
  6. The short version of the story is that I drove to Evansville, IN to look/buy some cherry from a guy. He had some shorts (7 footish) he was selling and I'm always looking for a deal. After talking awhile he confessed to having more but wanted to sell to a woodworker. After a trip out to "the woods" I came back with a truck load of cherry and I met one of the nicest people I have talked to in a long while. On the way out he asked me what I thought about this piece of wood. I thought it was interesting and he threw it in my truck. It is about 1.5x59x14ish already planed. I thought about build like a coffee table for a specific rustic decor. I kinda thought of capturing it in a large frame and watching explode over the next couple of years. Wood movement experiment put it in this cabin and it will happen in almost high speed. My mind is screaming at the thought of building something that has an obvious limited life span, but it would be cool. Fishing for inspiration.
  7. Take the tables off and try. Maybe the accessory tables are the blame. Had a 735 for years and never had any snipe. But I never used the tables. And don't wait exchange it.
  8. Don't completely write off the Grizzly blade. Mine is pushing a year old and still cuts like new. Doesn't splinter anything and leaves a sandpaper smooth cut. I know I wouldn't believe it if wasn't on my saw.
  9. You can get them from Delta, Grizzly, and I think Jet makes one. I think the last ones I bought were from Rockler.
  10. harryangel69

    Big Box Ply

    I am not a fan of home depot and that is no secret. But the crap on Lowe's shelf was so bad I was forced to go there yesterday. There are five sheets sitting in my garage cut in to no less then fifty pieces. Dados and all I can't find a void in any of it. Have not glued anything yet. I hate to say it but they might have got that one right. For the price.
  11. This reads like the same table saw post I read six months ago.
  12. I hate to really dog anything without first putting it to use, but for $180 why wouldn't someone just buy a scroll saw. Because its marketing and THEY BUY ANYTHING.
  13. Received my package yesterday. Thanks Marc. and I am cool with the shipping the way it is
  14. I have doing research here on that same subject. I can have logs cut at about 70ish cents a board foot. I can hunt around and get green lumber for less than $1 a board foot. Walnut is a little more but I can dig it up for less than $2 a board foot green.
  15. I am always amused by some of this crap. My exact words the first time I held the autotape were "I wonder if there is a board room in china where they are laughing their heads off screaming SELL IT TO THE AMERICANS, THEY BUY ANYTHING".
  16. I typed out a nice long post then deleted it. Not picking a fight or an argument. I am not gonna do it.
  17. Was planning on going, but family vacation has been scheduled for the same weekend. I guess the table saw and some recent acquisitions in my coin collection have depleted extra funds anyway.
  18. It is both for me. It is cool to think up some nifty crap in my head and know I can turn it into a tangible piece. But bringing that piece to life is awesome, and actually fully completing that piece is even more awesomer. That might not be a word but you know what it means.
  19. Yea, I have to bring people to reality on that a couple of times a week.
  20. I'm not picking apart the "baby stepper" phrase. I understand what you are saying. A drawing on a napkin is still a plan. Its just not telling you how to "paint by numbers". What I think I was trying to say this morning (very sleepy) was if we were building a kitchen isn't the cut list that baby step plan. The way I would collate the cuts and assembly an outline. I would very methodically lay everything out for cutting, assembly, sanding, finishing, and whatever else. Would probably go as far as to make that written list. Because one half inch off on a coffee table is not the end of the world, but it can be on a kitchen. The other thought about the boxes. I can't fathom building one hundred boxes without starting with a model. If I built a single model and then 99 more would that not be a plan? Following a predetermined cut list, pattern, and now a 3D plan. Maybe I am a little off topic, but are modern woodworkers to dependent on plans? Maybe, but not all people are wanting to be the next great designer. Those step by step plans are necessary at some point even for the best woodworkers.
  21. Doesn't my "just do it" attitude eventually have its limitations? Would you, me, or we resort to a large plan and/or cut list if there were a full kitchen involved? If you had to build a hundred boxes all the same size, what then? At what point do we stop and rethink the process? The original question being at what point we wean ourselves off of baby stepper plans. But isn't there a point where you would need them. I have built whole kitchens from my head, but I would not even attempt that now. I guess, like so many times in the past, I skip steps and then turn around and have to relearn or rework what I should have done to start with. Maybe I do know my limitations and I'm just over thinking everything.
  22. I buy the best tools I can afford when I need them. With the exception of the last few months. When I say when I need them, I mean the day I need them. I am not much into planning.
  23. I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Not because I use plans, but because I never have. I think it comes from a computer technical background, but I "see" the plan in my head. Fully detailed as if drawn in Autocad. I can explode alter and reassemble in seconds allowing me to daydream up all kinds of nifty crap. Which creates a problem in explaining and/or teaching my ideas. I start talking, then out with the paper. By the time someone is on the same page, I have moved to a new model, idea, or design. With kind of a return to the craft I expected my skills to be there and I am having trouble. My first project is a butcher block island. Simple no plan. Only a ruff idea and measurements. Project two, a coffee table table. No measurements yet, just an idea and "I like the look of black walnut". Third project, probably a couple of months away, two matching wall hanging cabinets. Heavy on the molding, and hold the finish. I probed for more info and received a fairly impressive sketch. With the third project in the back of my mind. I have been wondering when do people force themselves into sketchup or some other program. As as a modern woodworker when do I stop flying by the seat of my pants.