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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 04:32 PM

Hi Ron—Welcome!

There are so many used opportunities out there that I’d let go of the idea of new for now.

The grade of tool that suits you? It depends on what your goals are. As a pro, I tend to aim high here, so temper these thoughts with those who are serious hobbyists:

Table saw first. The bigger the better (read: safer) right up to and including the Unisaw and the Powermatic 66 (and others). Consider the Sawstop if its principal virtue resonates with you.

Jointer next. With it, you can make little boards into big boards. 6” is adequate, 8” is better. Helix knives would be of particular interest if you’re headed to exotic and highly figured woods. Traditional knives have economic advantages if you’re into mainline hardwoods.

Lastly Bandsaw, which is a portal for curves! 14” is adequate for most of us, avoiding the really tinny imports from 30 years ago.

Ready set go!



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