2011 – review and looking forward

2011 was a big year for the shop, and myself with skills I learned and tried. However there was also a lot of things that went unfinished or not started at all.

I acquired a bandsaw, which was one of my last major purchases for the shop. I looked everywhere on CL, but eventually bought one from Harbor Freight. A few upgrades later, and I’m still happy with it. This year I hope to finally order the riser and put some good blades on it. A jointer joined the fray late in the year and has been a great purchase.

The Ultimate Tool Stand was scrapped and replaced with a floor cabinet for my miter saw and some drawers. Unfortunately, it’s still a work in progress and may be scrapped entirely for a full wall-width floor cabinet. Plans are still in progress.

I got interested in hand tools, and bought my first plane. I’m hoping to upgrade my chisels this year and refine my technique on both. I made a scrap cabinet and bought some wall storage for scrap and have found them totally inadequate for the amount of scrap I had been keeping. My solution is to keep less of the crap, and keep the good stuff. Most of the non-shop stuff has left the building, with the two golf club bags being the notable exception. When the Christmas decorations get put away, that will be done at the same time. The doors still haven’t been replaced, nor have the rest of the walls. I’m hoping both get done this year.

I did some more work on my router table, but it’s still not finished. I don’t think it ever will be, to be honest.

Some major spacial organization occurred, and that’s still a work in progress. But I have managed to be able to use all my tools inside the shop, which is great for inclement weather days. Part of this involved moving one of the workbench tables out, and the other one may get replaced this year with a Holtzapffel bench – then I can really start rocking the good work.

I added a new router for hand work, as well as an additional saw on a track for rip cuts (the 18v just kept cutting out too much), plus some other minor tools that I can’t quite remember right now. (edit – like my oscillating spindle sander!)

It’s been a good year, and I can’t wait to try and improve on it next year.

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