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Posted on A streamlined shop, New tools, not dream tools - aka to festool or not

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#1 posted 08-07-2012 12:02 AM

Well, these are sort of the answers I was looking for. To answer some questions, my work is mostly furniture, but some ply is used/cabinet construction techniques depending on the piece.

For tablesaws, would you buy an aftermarket fence or stick with the one that comes with the saw? Is the Grizzly fence worthwhile?

I was thinking of the Grizzly 690 at $1450 shipped, then hold off on a a band saw (maybe a Rikon 14” deluxe for $1,000). I need to hold off on the band-saw because I would want to first get dust collection and a router, probably pick up a trim router like the dewalt and a Porter Cable to put in a table. All three will probably run ~$1,000. I am ok with simple router table fences, but I have never used a fancy router table fence. (The INCRA system is expensive at $600, but if the router table is built into the table saw then I can save $100 or so on the saw by getting the 30” 650 and build my router table into the table saw extension, and replace the fence with the INCRA system. (Though Grizzly’s adjustments being on the right side of the saw may screw up that plan). The MLCS options look interesting though.

If I go the TS centered rout I would try and get by with a thickness planner and no jointer by using a torsion box/shim method and squaring on the TS (~$500 for an ok dewalt). I can always pick up a jointer later if this proves to be more hassle then it is worth. This method allows me to pick up a tool now that I can afford without wishing, two or three years later, that I spent just a bit more. I would have to hold off on the miter saw and just use a garage sale circular saw/jig saw to rough out my cuts. Of course I would have to rip sheet goods down the same way because there is no way I can rip them solo on a TS by myself.

Keep the ideas coming, and thanks!


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