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Posted on Help...New shop set up...what tools should I get first?

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 02:49 PM

Here’s a link to a cabinet shop that does everything by hand. His podcasts are good and detailed.

I did the same thing you are doing – getting the big stuff first. I forgot about the small stuff like:

forstner bits
brad point bits
sharpening (by hand or machine)
straight edges
hand saws for dovetails, etc.
dust collection (wood dust is a carcinogen)

This can go on and on, but I think you get the point. The machines are only 80% of what you need. A drill press is great, but without bits, it’s useless.

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