My Gringo Workshop Project Part 4

August 20, 2017

Hello again,

Finally, after all this time, I have a workshop! It only took me many moons to get to this point, but hey it is the journey after all 😛

Here is what I will be discussing in this article:

  • Costs of my workshop and where did I purchase most of my tools.

  • What are some of the cons of doing woodworking here in Mexico. 

  • What are some of the pros of doing woodworking here in Mexico

So lets get to it and finish up this series. Below is a brief snippet of my tool list and only the final cost in USD.  To download the complete list go here.

Circular Saw
Porter Cable
Table Saw
Jig Saw
Porter Cable
Extra Planer Blades
Makita LB1200F
Sanding Station
Drill Press
10" Chop saw
Pull/Flush  Saw
Hitachi 1/2"
1/4 straight router bit


In part 1 of this topic, I discussed the fine woodworking article that illustrated how someone could build a shop for $5000.00 dollars. Well, the Fine Woodworking article numbers are pretty close to mine, except mine is complete with all the items to start one from scratch including the purchase of wood to build everything in the shop.

So, where did I purchase most of the items for the shop? Well, I would say 50% of the tools came via I would say 30% came from friends that were heading down to Queretaro on vacation via the US. Leaving about 20% from Mexico itself. 

Most of the items that were purchased on Amazon came from the USA. That means the total price you see includes VAT at 16% and some had an additional customs tax of 10%. 

Why are most of the heavy duty stuff not Mexican brands like Urrea or Truper? Well, I found the quality to be terrible for somethings equivalent. 

I also found prices here in Mexico to be more expensive; sometimes double in price for the same tool. That is why was my savior: better products, better prices and more selection. As an added bonus, they calculated all the shipping and taxes that was needed to be delivered  here. 

What are some of the cons of woodworking here:
  • Like I mentioned above, prices on certain tools are more than I expected them to be and selection is limited at times.

  • They do not sell screws in bulk, except at Home Depot in selected sizes.

  • When you run to the lumber yard and Home Depot it takes just about all day because of traffic.

What are some of the pros of  woodworking here:

  • Wood prices on the whole are either equal to what someone would pay in USA or cheaper on exotic woods than the USA. I recently priced out some coaba wood that 8/4 x 8" x 10' and the price came to just over $100 usd. If you follow me on instagram, I post my wood purchases with the price. 

  • The lumber yard that I go to has all the necessary tools to cut,chop,plane and joint at $0 dollars for their service.

  • Prices on certain tools are cheaper than what I would expect. 

  • Currently the peso exchange rate is favorable at this moment and time.

What I am most happy about is that I did not have to rent workshop space to create my workspace. I ended up using a garage that was free. Watch the video below to see my 99% completed shop. 

Here are the previous articles associated with this post:
In conclusion the place I choose to do woodwork outside of the USA turned out to be a good choice for me. People at the hardware stores and lumber yards are fascinated with you because you are doing something that most people that come down do not do. I have not meet a single person that has not gone out of their way to assist you even with my limited Spanish. I could not put language learning in as a pro or con, because it was kinda both. Click here for a English to Spanish guide.

The only thing I would change to my workshop would be the table saw and drill press. I find them to be a bit to annoying at times. So in the future  I will be replacing them.

Safe safe and keep those fingers away from those saw blades!

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