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#1 posted 01-07-2016 01:33 PM

Congratulations! That’s a nice sounding shop with plenty of room. Your list looks pretty complete. What about a lathe – have you given turning any thought? DC is probably your biggest variable. You could easily spend $3-4K, 1/2 your budget, on the DC and piping. Best thing I can think of is create a plan. Build a spreadsheet listing all the tools and other costs and start throwing costs in to see how they add up. Also, work up a floor plan, including lumber storage. Grizzly has a decent floor planner on their website (may be others). It’s difficult to know what specific aspects of a machine are going to be important to you until you get some experience – there are many ways to accomplish the same thing in woodworking and a lot of opinions. For instance, some swear by a compound miter saw, I hardly use mine – it’s been set off to the side for years. Good Luck!

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