We all do it right, we do a little research and buy something we have been needing (ok, wanting), take it home and use it for a while and figure out all kinds of stuff that you really don’t find out about in your normal research. Then you think to yourself ” if I had it to do all over again I would have…”.
I hoping some of you will share some of your “do it all over again” thoughts. I would have bought this instead of that, or would have put more enphasis on HP, etc. I am looking to upgrade pretty much every piece of my shop which is now just consisting of small and inexpensive tools that I have inheirited. I will not be going out and purchasing everything all at once and will be under pretty strict financial constraints, certainly under $1000 per piece, probably closer to $500. As of right now I have a small 10” band saw, a 4”x36”belt – 6” round sander combination, a pretty good floor type drill press and a tiny router table with a pretty terrible old router. I do not have a planer, jointer, table saw or band saw with any resaw capabilities.
So my first thought is what should I get first? I realize there are alot of “well that depends” questions. It depends on what are going to be making the most of… I like the idea of being able to buy rough stock and resaw/plane/joint it into anything I want but I am resigned to the fact that I may have to stick with premilled boards until I am outfitted properly, so I’m thinking maybe starting with an 8” jointer $500 – $600 and very inexpensive planer such as the $250 craftsman. I certainly don’t like the idea of starting with cheap tools and having to upgrade everything again in the future but starting with so little and very cost constrained I don’t know that I have much choice.
So, if you were in my shoes, knowing what you do now, what would you do? (remember that other saying ” If i would have known then what I know now…)
Ok, I’m rambling now :) Thank you in advance for any advice anyone is willing to share.
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