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Blog entry by kosta posted 12-22-2009 02:18 AM 897 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody I was just wondering if its better to buy lots of what I would call accessories stuff like router bits drill bits clamps stuff like that as your next shop upgrade or is it better to spend that money on a jointer and buy clamps and other accessories the next time you were to upgrade your shop.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 02:24 AM

Jointer wont do ya much good if ya aint got no bits or clamps. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 02:37 AM

go for the accesories. i have a jointer and a planer but i run out of clamps often. way to often. im building up my supply now but wish i had done it a long time ago.

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 02:58 AM

In the long run you should buy the stuff you currently need and use the most and only you know what you need based upon the projects you are building. If you are like the rest of us tool addicts you will find out that a shop is an ongoing upgrade that never stops, and I don’t want it to stop because I like my toys.

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 03:20 AM

I would get the power tools (like a planer or jointer) as a shop upgrade and buy clamps, bits, and other accessories as the need arises.

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 03:20 AM

I agree with Greg, buy the best you can afford for the current need you have. If you don’t have a ‘project need’ save your money until you do (but if you have an itch you need to scratch always remember you can never have to many clamps).

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 04:35 AM

I dont think there’s a “better” buy. it’s very personal, and also depends on the current needs. buy what you need for your current projects, and slowly you’ll end up with both. the worst thing you wanna do is buy something because someone told you is a ‘better’ buy only to find out that you don’t really need it, but what you need, you end up not having – then you store the tool in a cabinet – and don’t have anything… ironic isn’t it?

if you need more clamps now – buy more clamps, if you really need a jointer right now – get a jointer.

Happy Holidays!

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

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 04:44 AM

yea I see what you guys are saying

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 06:19 AM

I think the author of this book is a LumberJock.

I bought the book, and find it HUGELY helpful in deciding what’s next….

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 06:41 AM

Depends on your needs… If you are working with S4S stuff, then a jointer / planer isn’t needed yet, but clamps certainly are… But if you are working with rough stock, planer and jointer are priceless additions to the shop…

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 08:26 AM

Buy what will make your shop time most productive. Separate out the want from the need.

Good Luck

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Dan Lyke

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 06:58 PM

The only thing I buy without a specific need is clamps, and I think my shop actually has enough clamps now. Other than that, I buy what I need to complete a project when I come up against a lack in my shop. Sometimes that’s a router bit for a profile that I want, sometimes that’s a tool.

I’ve got a super tiny shop, so I don’t have the room for accumulating stuff that I may or may not use. Everything I add needs to be something I think I’ll use many times as I work through my list of projects.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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