New Woodworker Workshop Setup #4: I might be getting a little out of control

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Blog entry by PocketHole69 posted 07-21-2010 07:11 PM 1449 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: So Guys, I think I've made this a "real hobby" Part 4 of New Woodworker Workshop Setup series Part 5: Today I learned an important lesson. »

I read somewhere that there are 4 essential tools for any shop:

  1. Table Saw
  2. Drill Press
  3. Router
  4. Band Saw

Well, I just ordered the last one I was missing, a Jet 10in Band Saw

Have to love Amazon Prime with $3.99 next day shipping for a bandsaw!

I’ve read the reviews and this one seemed like the best deal for my needs- something compact and with the features and options I was looking for (fence, dust collection, extension wings, etc.)

I’m pretty sure my wife is going to clamp down on my spending now- she already thinks I’m out of control but likes that I’ve found a hobby. I work way too much with a full time job and my own business at night, so woodworking is a nice release. Still, with the recent purchase of a table saw, dust collector, and enough baltic birch to build a small house (for the router table and various jigs) I think I’ve about reached my limit.

I’ve got the wiring and drywall done on the “workshop wall” in the garage and the dust collector hung. Last night I put the last coat of wipe-on poly on the router table and stand, so it’s complete.

As soon as I do a little cleanup and set up the new band saw I’ll be posting pictures- then I need to start on the cabinets and storage!

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

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View PurpLev's profile


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#1 posted 07-21-2010 07:15 PM


the beginning is always more expensive than down the road as you need to tool up. although… later when you get better, your lumber selection will probably rival the expense of the tools if not more ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 07-21-2010 07:17 PM

Don’t say things like that! The wife might read this!

-- Jason, Atlanta, GA

View Russ's profile


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#3 posted 07-21-2010 09:56 PM

I would also suggest looking at used tools as it’s much cheap and thus a bit easier to convince the wife. it was for me. Also having a project she wants/needs that also “needs” a tool will help.

-- Russ

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#4 posted 07-21-2010 09:59 PM

The beginning is definitely more expensive than later. Though I may consider a trip to a lumber yard before you stop! ;)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 07-21-2010 10:08 PM

Congrats on your new tool! I love ordering from

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#6 posted 07-21-2010 10:18 PM

I also considered started my hobby a year ago and bought a basic set of machines:

SawStop 10” table saw, Hitachi 10” miter saw, Hitachi router with Delta Table, JET 8” jointer/planer, Rigid drill press, and like you a JET 10” bandsaw.

I’m having a lot of fun, I hope you do too!

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#7 posted 07-22-2010 02:05 AM

congrat´s with your new toys :—)
but take care when you play with them


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