In the last part of my SawStop table saw review, we’ll get a bird’s eye view of the saw brake in action. I’ll also take a good look at what you need to do to get a SawStop running after an incident.


WORKING WITH THE NEW SAW – Testing out the traditional features With the electrical work in the shop complete, I’ll fire-up the new saw and test out the blade settings, safety guard, premium fence and miter gauge.


UNBOXING AND ASSEMBLY – This saw made a great first impression.

Once all the snow shoveling was done around here, I finally got a chance to put together my latest shop purchase – the SawStop Professional Cabinet Saw. In this first video, I’ll go over my experience unboxing and setting-up a SawStop model table saw.

Today I cover the assembly process and take a peek at the mechanics of the blade safety features that make the SawStop models unique. So far, this saw looks well thought out with easy-to-follow instructions and excellent fit & finish. I was a bit disappointed with one major component though – the plastic locking knobs. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait for my electrician to upgrade my service before I can really try the saw out.

I’d love to hear what other SawStop owners think of their saws’ performance. If you’ve have some experience with these saws, feel free to leave a comment below. And once I’ve got some power to this saw, I’ll share my thoughts on ease of use, milling performance and those famous blade brakes.



HOME BAR: Woodworking Income Project Preview

by Jim on November 28, 2014

BUILDING A BAR FOR CUSTOMERS – Sneak peek of a new design. I wanted to share my progress on this fall’s woodworking income project. In this video, I’ll take a quick look at the design, materials and joinery used to build this three panel bar. This is the third project built to help folks start a part-time business from their home workshop. Once the bar build is complete, I’ll have a full set of woodworking plans and marketing materials available here on the site. And I should have more detailed videos on the bar’s construction along with some sales and marketing tactics ready in a few weeks.


MORE TRUNK DETAILS – Revisiting my first part-time income project.

Since the original tack trunk video was a little short on details, I put together an updated version of this woodworking income project. The new video should give you a better look at the trunk design and provides more specifics on the build process and material costs. I’ve also updated the hardware and recommended sales price for this trunk.


PART-TIME WOODWORKING BUSINESS – Ever think about selling your projects?

If you’ve ever considered launching a part-time woodworking business, I’ve got a quick survey for you. I’m checking in to see what topics you’d be interested in learning about before you launched your business.  

So, if you’d like to hear about tactics for starting a part-time operation, leave a comment on any topics that might help you get rolling. If there’s an interest in the business side of woodworking, I’ll put together a follow-up video with the results of the survey later this month.


MORE HANDY SHOP GEAR – The rest of my tool picks for a new woodworker.

In today’s post, I’ll go over the rest of my favorite tools to outfit a new workshop. This video covers tactics for getting a good price on woodworking clamps, picking out a router and a good quality sander. Together with my table saw recommendations from part one, you should be able to get a new shop started for under $500.


BUDGET WORKSHOP TIPS – Here are my top tool picks for a new woodworking shop.

If you’d like to build a brand new home workshop, here are some tactics to help get you started. I’ve just finished part one of the First Workshop videos. In this video, I cover strategies for finding a good-quality, used table saw with a $150 budget.

In the next video, I’ll share a few recommendations for clamps, a low-cost router and sander.


BUILD A WORKSHOP ON A BUDGET – Tool recommendations and buying tips

I’m working on a new video to help first-time woodworkers set-up a basic home workshop. With a budget of $500, I’ll get a small shop up and running. I’ll go over my top picks for the milling, sanding, gluing and finishing gear you’ll need to get started.

I’ll include advice on buying new as well as used tools, what to look for when shopping for you first table saw and where you can save a few dollars on Craigslist purchases. With a $500 budget, you won’t have a shop quite like Norm’s but you should be able to build a few fun furniture projects.

The new workshop video should be ready early next month.


How to Build a Pine Sofa Table – Part 2

by Jim on September 25, 2013

CONTINUING THE TABLE BUILD – Our little sofa table is beginning to take shape.

With the legs built, I’ll go over the construction of the table top, aprons and two drawers. This project follows a Shaker design that shouldn’t keep you in the shop for too long.

The dowel drawer guide system goes together pretty quickly and works decent for small drawers like these. And a new Freud blade in the table saw is working out great. If you’d like to get more performance from a portable saw, an aftermarket blade is a good investment.