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Old 01-30-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Ok, so I've decided that it's time to build a fermentation chamber. I've been using my magic 68 deg F closet but that really just isn't good enough. I need (ok- really want) a chamber.

So I have a corner of my laundry room that is virtually unused that I an going to turn into a chamber. It has no windows and maintains a fairly stable temp of around 70 deg F. I am planning to just take the nook and build in a chamber. (SWMBO has already bought into that use for the space since we have nothing there now- do it now or I'm screwed!).

Ok.. so I know what I'm building and pretty much how.. the problem is that my tools suck. I don't even have a circular saw... and I don't want to spend $500 for a good table saw.. which is probably what I really should be using.

So what kind of saw could I get to cut my wood at the correct angles etc that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg? I'm looking for effective and cheap.. hard work 100% ok. And if it requires me to acquire a whole new skillset.. all the better!

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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Miter box and saw for $15. I haven't used it yet, but plan to for my keezer.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

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Old 01-30-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
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Miter box and saw for $15. I haven't used it yet, but plan to for my keezer.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
If you can build something nice with that crap tool set, you are a Master Carpenter for sure. I looked at that and it is pure junk. In addition it does not allow for wide boards.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:25 PM   #4
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Take a look at what's on Craigslist. This might be a good option for you http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/tls/2181026151.html

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Old 01-30-2011, 08:32 PM   #5
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Miter box and saw for $15. I haven't used it yet, but plan to for my keezer.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
+1 on the mitre saw.
For small jobs it will do the trick.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:43 PM   #6
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Mitre saws are nice but limited on their capabilities. A skill saw could cover everything you need. They are made for cross-cutting bevels as is. With a simple jig you can rip. I just replaced my cordless drill and got a new circular saw with it for $110 from Lowes. They had a corldess circular saw with a laser guide by itself for about $60. I think you had to buy a battery separately though. Here's some simple plans for different jigs from a quick google search...

http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2009/03...-jigs-and-more

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Old 01-30-2011, 08:48 PM   #7
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Are you talking about just making a plywood box or framing something together? I would look into a mid quality compound miter saw and spend a few extra bucks and a good blade for framing. Then get a good circular saw for plywood...again, get a good blade, cheap blades chew wood up. Table saws aren't exactly made for cutting down sheets of ply, you would want a panel saw for that unless you setup with a cabinet makers table saw setup.

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A circular saw seems to fit the bill if you're set on keeping the budget as low as possible and the versatility as high as possible. If money allows, a miter saw would be a nice addition and likely prevent some frustration.

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I thought he said "cheapest" saw?
Heck, I made my fermentation chamber without a saw.
2" foam insulation and a hot glue gun.
You want cheap? I'm the king of cheap!

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Old 01-30-2011, 09:30 PM   #10
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a circular saw is capable of cutting straight line

(but it is a -bleep- of a lot easier for me to use my Unisaw.)

a decent tape measure, a straight edge, 2 low clearance clamps (6 inche Bessey's, maybe), and a bench or sawhorses are needed too.

clamp down the straightedge to align your cut - the measured line you drew with the straight edge (making a straight edge cutting jig removes ALL those steps, and just by gluing 2 thin strips of wood together.)

you have to adjust your measurement for the distance between the saw table (that little metal rectangle the circular saw sits on- i've heard guys call it a plinth, or flange, or foot.) and the blades edge.

you know, the egde that does NOT cut off an extra 8th of an inch.

so, to recap, buy a saw with a good blade, mark your line, and cut to the WASTE side of your line.

you should be good to go for less than $100, and you can store it in a breadbox. (wish *I* could).

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