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Posted on To buy or to wait, Table Saw Dilemma...

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 03:44 AM

Rich is indeed correct on the uses of a good track saw. I would also suggest that I have operated without a planer or jointer but you will never get quality results without these tools (or leaning to be proficient with hand planes). Lumber that you buy from box stores or other sources that are cut dimensionally are expensive and not usually very square (wood moves over time) so you will always need to smooth and square a piece prior to working it….if you can’t or don’t do this you will end up with poorly fitting joints and amateur looking projects.

I recommend to folks that are getting started in woodworking to buy the best tools you can by first researching, learning and trying tools…. and then shopping for the best value. You made a great decision to join this site as it is one of the best source for great folks with great information. There are a lot of good blogs on tools and reviews of their worth and value. A search on any tool will usually get you a blog with reviews and opinions.

Now, there is an ongoing debate amongst woodworkers as to what tools are needed and when. I recommend that you find a local group or club, look for classes at your tool or wood store or local college/schools. You can’t really buy a good tool unless you know how it works and what it does….that will also help you to prioritize what you will need and when….I learned wood working by doing with my grandfather…and with other like minded folks…I cannot place a high enough value on personal experience and the benefits of learning from an experienced and skilled teacher.

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