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I'm Monty from West Virginia. I worked briefly in a cabinet shop in South Texas, until the wife got homesick for West Virginia and we moved here to keep her happy. That was over 20 years ago, and I have forgotten most of what I learned.

I build a lot of "outdoor" weekend projects, such as a 16 x 20 two-story shed? barn? to store my tractor and tools in. I also built the wife her dream gazebo a few years back as well as a cedar yard swing. Most of my projects start out that way. The Mrs. says "I wish I had______. She's spoiled. And what's worse is, she knows it.

Most of our children are grown and lately the wife has been asking for more intricately detailed projects like sewing boxes, curio cabinets, stand alone microwave cabinets.

I have a cheap Craftsman router (don't laugh, it does what I need it to do, well it does what I ask of it). I told the wife that I don't have the tools to build the things she wants. A circular saw and framing nailer aren't exactly the tools of choice for building a sewing box. So, for Christmas she bought me a Kreg pocket hole jig, and a Craftsman router table...bless her heart. I don't even have a table saw.

I have an empty mobile home on the property that I gutted when I bought the place. It's dry and has a new floor. So, it's going to become a wood shop of sorts. You make do with what you have, right?

I guess my first order of business is to get a table saw. After that will be a new router with more power than mine, then I'll build the "Ultimate Router Table" from the plans I found linked to from this site.

I'll have some questions when I get to that point. Until then, I'll be doing some reading.
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Hello Monty,

Welcome to the forums. You will find lots of useful info and knowledge here.

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Hello Monty , glad you found us, it's great to have you as a member of the community, welcome to Router Forums.

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Welcome Monty,

I would think a Mobile Home would make an excellent work shop. Probably has a furnace, maybe air conditioned and a bathroom. Might even have a fridge for cold drinks.

You mentioned getting a table saw. I bought a Grizzly G0691 about a year ago to replace my el cheapo portable model. Couldn't believe the difference and what better results I could achieve with it. Much, much safer to use also in comparison to the shaky, flimsy model I had. Actually, I still have it but it's only been in use as a storage table since...Mike
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Believe me, it's not all that. When I bought the property I made it a point to gut the trailer. The previous owner had 9 cats and two dogs living in it. The place smelled so bad even the insulation stank. The animals had urinated in some of the corners so much that the floor actually rotted through. It now has a new floor throughout and new windows. I've ran most of the electric for new 200 amp service and am about to insulate it. Our original intention was to renovate the whole place to use a temporary home so we could tear ours down and build a new house. But, we decided to build in a different spot on the property, so I have the makings for a decent shop over there. It's 14 x 60 with a large 12 x 24 room added on the back which should make a nice finishing room.

I would like to have a nice Grizzly like yours, but this is a hobby for now. I am looking at the Rigid R4512. It should do what I need.
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