Power Tools

Delta Model 37-207 Jointer

So, I’ve gone off the deep end… When I started this whole “wood working thing,” my idea was to keep it simple and aimed at a system that could do basic cabinetry work and still be collapsed and put away in a minimal space when not in use.  And then, like I typically do, I got deeper and deeper into the craft and began to obsess on the vintage machines those before us used.

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The Systainer Cart

So this video was pretty painful to make… This is the first time I’ve ever really worked with wood on this scale, plus I have very little experience making videos. So, I was trying to learn two skills at once that kind of intertwined with each other while I was learning them. In the end, I’m not all that proud of the video but I am super proud of the cabinet I made. And I guess that’s not a bad trade off.

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The Shipping Crate

So the fire mess is all cleaned up and I finally had a chance to do some actual work in the shop. I decided the best thing to do was to build something simple that allowed me to use most of my newly acquired Festool collection. So, I built the simplest thing I could think of – a box. The above video shows ya how I got along.

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Festool Meets A “Mechanic”

So, I’ve been flirting with this idea for a while now and essentially, here’s how it went down:

My wife has been wanting some built-in cabinets in our dining room and a couple of months ago, we started fielding quotes. They were outrageous… Like, REALLY outrageous. So outrageous, that I began to ponder the idea of building them myself. The only problem (besides my complete lack of knowledge and experience working with wood) was that my shop simply wasn’t outfitted to work with wood. And frankly, I didn’t like the idea of converting it because of two main factors:

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The Delta Rockwell 34-600

Years ago, I dropped by Curtis Garrett’s shop to pick up a band saw that he had restored for me. While there, I took notice of his old Delta table saw and fell in love. I don’t do much wood working, however, and have never had a need for a finger remover. Then, a few weeks ago, my wife got a quote to get some cabinets built for the house. That quote got me very interested in wood working and I quickly emailed Curtis to see if he had any table saw restorations in the works.

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