Thanks, I'm glad you like it. It's my first scroll saw project.
Gray wolf is cut from a pattern on my scroll saw then I put a piece of black poster board on the back to make it stand out. The only wood burning is the little nubs of whiskers.
Thanks so much for the kind words, they mean a lot. I have a porter cable biscuit jointer, and I have had it for 5 or 6 years. I'm not exactly sure of the model, but woodcraft sells something that, if not exactly what I have, is very very similar for $219.00.
I really like using my biscuit jointer, it does a very nice job and I feel it is a VERY safe tool to use.
Charles, I use a minwax paste wax. I actually went to Home Depot and was looking in the paing Isle and the guy came up and said "what do you need" and I said "wax for my tablesaw top" and he handed me a can. I'm still using that same can.
Charles, no, I don't sharpen my own blades, I have a guy that sharpens my saw blades and planer blades. Planer blades have 2 sides so I just changed a full set so I am on my 3rd side now in a little over a year? Not too bad I don't think, but at $55 a set it's just one of those things, at least there are 2 sides, $110 saw blade there's only one side. haha
Well, if you have a lumber yard I'm sure you could buy directly from them. Most of the time the lumber is kiln dried or air dried because it will be shipped off so it's not necessary to do anything else to it. There is a moisture meter that you can use to make sure the lumber is dry. The folks I get my lumber from don't really make their money from selling lumber, they make it in the moldings, doors and things like that so I'm ok with them. The closest sawmill is over an hour away from me. I would check around to find a sawmill out your way though. It will be rough sawn lumber and be prepared to eat some planer blades.
I actually have a local distributor within 10 miles of my house. They mill trimwork, flooring etc. and that's where I get all of my lumber from. They get their lumber straight from the mill and in a sense, yes, I do know somebody now, we have all become pretty good friends. A planer is a great tool to have, as well as the bandsaw and table saw. It seems to me you are well on your way. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions and if I can help with plans or designing I will. I'm in the middle of making cabinets for my kitchen, wish me tons of luck!! Haha! My new dust collector has kept it all tidy in the shop at least.
I have to agree, I buy all of my lumber milled to 7/8, just enough to knock the cobb off and I mill it to my final specs so I have consistency throughout, if I buy 5/4 I have them just take it down to 1 1/8. My guys that I deal with though are amazing. I just bought 140 bd ft of cherry at $4 a bd ft and no matter the order its $25 to plane and straight an edge. On the opposing side, I have to spend $600 on a planer and the same amount on a jointer, but..... they have neat buttons, do neat things and are loud!!!!
Charles this is a tough question as far as cost because I worked for a pole barn company for 16 yrs and got my material at 10 % over cost and the total bill with concrete and permits was right at $2000.00 this is unheard of as far as I no.Did all work myself and had buddy help on concrete.It is 16x30x10 foot walls.I used a rafter system instead of trusses,Reason for this there is a post in center of building and this allowed me to use it for a support for my 1/4 loft for wood supply and keep it off of valuable floor space.I heat with wood (why wouldn't I )Barn doors in front and 1 walk in door.
As far as a set up for a woodshop, check out www.grizzly.com. On the left hand side of hte page they have a workshop setup where you can set up a virtual shop, it worked great in setting mine up.
The pocket Jig tool is a great start, a decent miter saw is a good start, if you are buying your lumber milled you don't need a planer. A drill press is a great investment, but a GOOD tablesaw is the best investment you can make in my opinion. Grizzly has quite a few models in various price ranges that are fantastic, only problem being, most require 220v.
I'm here starting from scratch. I want to learn how to make woodwork projects. Any one that can give me advice on what tools are the best for the price. Tools that will last. Where can I buy them? How to make a wood shop, and set it up, easy projects to start with. Thank You and have a great day.
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