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#1 posted 09-14-2012 08:26 PM

varmit…figure out what you want to make! It dictates the tools that will let you do it easier. You can always add with the “toys” later (we all have them but in truth many seldom get used).

If you are planning on a full-blown cabinet shop, you need the full compliment. If you plan on small boxes, then the answer changes. Personally I think a decent TS is #1, followed by a decent miter saw, then a decent drill (what did we do before cordless I have to wonder) then more clamps than you can imagine.

From there it comes down to what you want to do. Router(s), air compressor to run nailers (which means you need to buy the nailers also plus all the different size nails) but you can keep your vehicle tires properly inflated also. Then the jointer I guess if you want to deal with rough lumber (first step before you would move to a planer) but if you choose finished lumber carefully, then probably skip that tool and go directly to a planer. My drill press gets used a lot more than many non-woodworkers would imagine.

Brands??? My guess is 90% come from the same Asian factories and differ mostly in color. Hence the advice above to keep an eye out for older used equipment. On the + side, I know the difference in the quality of the cast iron. On the – side, parts can be hard to find (but when they were made, I think it was easier to fabricate many of your own parts without buying replacement parts). Things tended to be pretty simple back then.

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