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#1 posted 09-14-2012 06:05 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

If you could walk into a well lighted workshop with plenty of proper electrical outlets and every hand and power tool at your finger tips, what would you most enjoy building?

With possibly the exception of a lathe, most any woodworking disciplines can be accomplished with a good assortment of hand tools.
That being said, power tools can speed a mundane task on to a more interesting phase of your project.

More to the point of your question. What will you need to mill your stock with?
Most shops have a decent power saw at it’s center, albeit a circular saw, table saw, bandsaw or mitersaw and again, this will depend on which disciplines or types of woodworking you are most interested in.

In my opinion if you are setting up a power tool oriented shop, your next consideration should be an adequate Dust Collector, for the safety of your health and your shop.

The rest of your tool collecting will again depend on your preference of favorite projects to build.

In regards to Brand preference, you will find that there are very few Brand snobs here on the LJ site, as far as every tool in the shop being one brand.
Of course there are specific tools which certain companies have always been considered as the leaders of the industry, but even those have comparable competion which have dedicated followers.

The process of researching on-line and magazine Tool Reviews, also you will find great reviews here at LJs in the REVIEW tab, is a smart way to the process of elimination or to at least narrow down your choices, and when you just feel you can’t make that final choice without user input, bring that specific dilemma back to the LJ family and post your question here on Forums.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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