New Equipment for the Shop
Since my excursion to Jacksboro, an hour and a half west of Denton a month ago to acquire hardwood limbs & logs for projects, I have been upgrading my shop equipment. The free wood in its natural state has made it desirable to have suitable equipment with which to turn these items into blocks and boards. So I began stalking Craig's List for a larger diameter table saw and a band saw with suitable throat for cutting large limbs into useable pieces. I first ran across an ad for a Delta band saw just outside Denton. An appointment was made with a woman who turned out to be the widow of a hobby shop owner, but inspection found the band saw to be too small (it's hard to judge size from an on-line photo) for my needs. But she also had a 10" Delta table saw which I also desired, so I beat her down $25 bucks on the price and brought it home. I added locking casters and a sawdust bin and it's in operation
Further diligence on Craig's List led me to a Delta band saw from a fellow who had upgraded to a larger commercial model. It came with two blades, but missing a tire on one of the wheels. He helped me load it into the Ford, but while taking it out alone at home the tilting table caught on a folded seat and I broke the trunion bracket that operates the tilt feature. I found a new trunion and the missing tire on the Internet, put casters under it and it is now in service.
So I now have two table saws (a Makita 8" and a Delta 10"), a Delta band saw and a Harbor Freight scroll saw. I have adapted my old 8" Makita to hold my Porter Cable router, so it doubles as a router table and saw.
Add to that a drill press and a mortising machine and I have a pretty full set of wood working tools. This growth in my woodworking capabilities started with the success I had with making a marine-themed gift for my son Karl's birthday in January. I had obtained a vintage ship hood ornament and mounted it on a shaped and carved block of oak. Now that I have access to a nearly unlimited supply of free hardwood I have been acquiring more hood ornaments and fabricating bases to display them as art work. I have completed a simple turned-base for a Mercedes-Benz tri-star and have several others in process.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.