Right behind community, but right in front of shop organization and cleanliness, is the importance of tool procurement. Not just what tool, but the quality and dependability of the tools in the space. Because the quality of the tool is as important as the type of tool. Our desire is for you to nerd out on this stuff as much as we do, and you can only do that if you know what's coming. So to that end, welcome to the pictorial walkthrough of our shop, room by room.
Today's room is the one that I have the most experience in, and conversely, is most exciting to me: The Wood Shop:
The wood shop houses some of the more traditional tools that you would be familiar with: a Craftsman compound miter saw, sander, planer, joiner, scroll saw and drill press. Most of these tools (than the saw) will come from Ryobi or Grizzly (we moved 20 years ago from Missouri, so a double bonus to use Grizzly, a midwestern company that is known for high quality.)
An updated tool of shop standard, SawStop's industrial table saw has impressed us. Not just with the safety features, but it also shines with a solid cast iron frame, it's large 7.5hp motor and a 30" front table surface for large projects. She's a bute:
Some would say the star of the show is another update to a shop standard, the EZ Router CNC 4'x8' table router. This was a great find for us. Most people know ShopBot as the industry standard, but we were impressed with the features of this small, Texas company. It has all of the features of the standard industrial ShopBot, but with a few bonuses; a welded, thicker frame for stability, comes completed from the factory (including computer and software) and has the higher quality spindle (vs the router bit).
We are so excited to be working with EZ Router, and they are supporting us as well. We've already talked with them about having classes in the space.
As you can see, there is a lot of exciting machines going into the wood shop. And, as soon as the Certificate of Occupancy comes through (hopefully Wednesday), we will start moving them into their new home. If you have any questions, send us an email at Maker's Edge, or drop in for a look.