Originally Posted by carolinchicago View Post
Ha ha. I like your explanation of the difference between a jig and a fixture. Who knew?
Actually, the jigs and fixture bit is documented in my notes.
Ok, a bunch of things here. Firstly, learn the principal of a lever. When you lift something, it weights less with a lever. If you push down on a lever whatever is at the other end, moves up.
I weigh over 200 lbs and I can lift at least 200 lbs with a lever all day long and never put myself in danger or tire. Up, down stairs, doesn't make any difference. I could teach you how to do it but you have to learn from someone. You can't read it in a book. If you can find a mover's assistant, he'll teach you but probably he won't know hand trucks. Use weight to your advantage. Ok, here's a for instance (before you feel insulted ;-) I was assembling my saw. It weighs 400+ lbs. I levered the legs up a bit, stuck a 4x4 underneath and pushed down on the legs and the table lifted a few inches. I stuck a block under it and repeated the process. After doing this 4 or 5 times, I was able to right the saw the rest of the distance using my legs. I could have used another lever but that was too slow. Never lift with your back. If you put something on your thighs and merely stop it from moving with your hands and lift with your legs, you can lift a phenomenal amount with your legs and never implicate your back and arms.
I did use a normal sized router in a woodcraft class at the Chicago Park District. It was exciting, satisfying, and scary. My mistake was in thinking I could build a large cantilevered bookcase, without the physical size and strength needed to control those huge 2x12s. Also, the park district's equipment was limited, as was my space at home.
Cut with a hand saw and finish with a guided router. That can replace a table saw and most other types of power equipment.
I also found that when I wear eye protection and hearing protection, the router (at least the big ones) are less intimidating.
It is still on my "maybe someday" list, perhaps if I can rent space in a well-equipped shop.
Nope, get creative. Adapt space to your projects or your projects to your space. Gotta run, bread is ready.