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Old 10-20-2010, 08:38 PM   #31
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For now, mostly cabinet/table type work. I'm going very basic until I get the hang of it. 2x frame with plywood/MDF "panels" basically, nothing too fancy for now until I get better. I'd use softwood, basically the mid end stuff I'd get from HD.

I'd like to build a big workbench for my garage with cabinet doors under for storage - probably use bigger wood for this. Once I build that and see that I'm doing well I want to build a server rack. (can buy the actual vertical rails separately so I'll use that) I also want to build a custom computer desk. Basically all things I should be able to do with the tools I have, just need the "helper" tools like the saw horses, guides, clamps and so on as mentioned. When I get better I'll probably look into a router as well, so I can do more fancy stuff. Lathe's also look like a lot of fun, can do some pretty cool stuff with those. But that comes way later.

At some point I'd also like to attempt a pool/air hockey table.

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Old 10-20-2010, 10:35 PM   #32
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PaliBob - That Festool stuff is awful nice but expensive. I've been tempted to buy some before. Don't their guides only work with their saws?

Squirrel - One piece of advice: sketch out all of you projects including joints. Old pros don;t need to do this, but I can't tell you how many times in the past I've seen people rip all their sheets only to realize that they forgot to figure the sheet thickness in the width of their cuts. I've been guilty of this too.
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:06 AM   #33
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Great advice,WirelessG---I suggest that you cut and build a section at a time--adjust your measurements and then cut the next portion of the project---I seldom cut an entire project before I start assembly---It's to easy to overlook something that will affect the sizes of the remaining components.
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Squirrel---Some day you will want to add a surface planner to the mix of tools--This tool will allow you to turn cheaper wood into a nice smooth -square piece that is suitable for finish grade cabinets.

See if you have an acquaintance that owns one so you can give it a try.
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:26 PM   #35
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If you are any good with computers, you can buy a copy of Autosketch (which is a watered down version of Autocad) for around $200. I use CAD when designing something so that I can stretch, trim, cut, and scale my projects to suit. If you are not very good with computers or if you lack patience, you may not find this software helpful.
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:57 PM   #36
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I just design furniture in my head and then build it. It's not that hard.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:06 PM   #37
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If you are any good with computers, you can buy a copy of Autosketch (which is a watered down version of Autocad) for around $200. I use CAD when designing something so that I can stretch, trim, cut, and scale my projects to suit. If you are not very good with computers or if you lack patience, you may not find this software helpful.
Yep I usually do everything in autocad and take thickness of lumber into account then print out a couple 3D angles with measurements. If I don't yet have the lumber I have a sheet with standard sizes and when I do get the lumber I double check and adjust as needed.

Once I get better I'll probably be able to do a rougher plan and improvise as I go.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:30 PM   #38
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Glad to hear that your using autocad.

There was a guy on the diy channel (don;t know if you get that in Canada), who did some really nice projects. I believe the show got canceled years ago, but the name of it was Woodworks with David Marks. Below is a link to a page with several of his videos. He is pretty advanced, but you should be able to pick up some principles from his show.


http://www.diynetwork.com/search/res...diynetwork.com
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I have limited space. On nice days I work in the driveway. If it is raining, my car gets wet and I work inside the garage.

One thing I purchased as a gift for DH is a retractable extension cord. We mounted it to the ceiling of the garage and it is sooooo nice if you don't have designated shop space for all your tools. No more wrestling with the extension cord, assuming if you can find it. I wouldn't put it on the "have to have" list, but if someone special wants to know what you want for a gift....

Oh yeah, a second pair of saw horses is nice too, to fully support both sides of a cut.
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:57 PM   #40
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Wood Magazine's "America's Best Home Workshops" 2007 had a really cool design for 1 car garage shops. It's got everything and packs into a cabinet about 24D x 84w x 84h. It has a collapsible table for table saw, router etc etc etc. Very cool concept.

Googles free sketchup is very fast to learn but doesn't print measurements. I think there is a free add on that will overcome that limitation. Did I say it was free?
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Glad to hear that your using autocad.

There was a guy on the diy channel (don;t know if you get that in Canada), who did some really nice projects. I believe the show got canceled years ago, but the name of it was Woodworks with David Marks. Below is a link to a page with several of his videos. He is pretty advanced, but you should be able to pick up some principles from his show.


http://www.diynetwork.com/search/res...diynetwork.com
David Marks is an artist. But his work is too difficult for most woodworkers.
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Thanks for the and idea...It makes me realize that creating furniture is not that easy, it needs a lot of time and effort and also needed aright tool to use. It is also important to know every dingle measure of the tables.

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