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#1 posted 04-15-2011 05:16 PM

Despite my many posts asking for advice on larger tools, I seem able to complete most of my beginner-type project with what I currently have. Using that as a benchmark, here’s what I have (notice there is no jointer or planer in this list):

- Table saw (contractor)
- Porter Cable 690 router + plunge base
- Hand drill
- Dowel-it dowel jig (helps drill straight holes in place of a drill press…in some cases)
- Shop-vac
- Workbench & good vise
- #5 Stanley Bailey bench plane
- Block plane
- Clamps
- Combination square
- Chisels and Mallet

I’m sure I’m missing a couple other things (circular saw, jigsaw, sander, etc.), but the above can suprisingly accomplish a large amount of work. The jointer and planer come in handy depending on what shape the wood you buy is in when you get it. I pay more for wood that is S2S or even S4S until I can afford a jointer and planer. Router bits and other small items find their way into the arsenal as I need them for a particular project. Good luck!

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