I cleaned up the last pile and dimensioned a few pieces of Mahogany that I bought for the Blacker House sconce I’m going to make. And the shop stayed clean, no sawdust cloud or debris on the floor. I now have my power tools operational and ready to go to work. It’s been a slog, getting everything pulled together, organized, wired and ducted. And I still have a tool cabinet to build for my hand tools and my roubo bench to finish. Tomorrow morning I’m going to do a first pass on organizing my metalworking shop, and I’ll probably bring my hand tools over into the new wood shop, so this is the last time this space will look so spacious.
First, the table saw. I got the sliding extension in place, it was a no-brainer when it came down to it. I think I was over-thinking it. The main mount bracket sits on the raised band at the bottom of the cabinet, I marked and drilled four 1/2″ holes and bolted it on, then added the rest of the parts and adjusted it level with the sliding table. The table is wide enough to support a 48″ wide sheet of plywood against the far fence. Both fences are adjustable for angled cuts
Hers is the back side of the saw with the duct collector hookup. I think I have enough space to make an out-feed table about 36″ wide that doubles as a router table. I’ll build in some storage for router bits and the fence for the router table. That will also hide the hoses. I don’t like the flex hose on the top of the saw, I’m going to make a rigid arm to replace that. I’m still waiting for the dado insert and miter gauge and the pointer for the rip fence, I called General and they were happy to supply the missing parts.
The jointer is a 12″ Grizzly with indexible cutters. It seems to work well, I’ve jointed a few boards and it leaves a nice finish and has plenty of power.
And the 20″ General planer with straight knives. I wish I had indexible knives, but I got this and the table saw at an auction even though they were new — for about 1/4 of the best online price I could find for them. – so I can afford to upgrade it to a Bryd cutter head in the future.
I added two floor sweeps and a branch for a 4″ hose so I can use the dust collector to sweep the floor – like a giant shop vac. I bought some flex hose for this, but it’s too heavy and stiff, I need some lighter, thinner stuff for this part of the setup.