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#1 posted 10-08-2012 02:53 PM

Bobert: The table saw is a great start. At least you have a great looking shop dog. My Golden was my shop assistant that kept me calm. He has been gone for 15 years and I still miss his calming effect whenever things are not going so well on a project.

Next tool, a good router combo with a fixed and a plunge base. Try the Dewalt or PC. I would definately recommend the Bosch, but it has a hybrid router bushing system unlike the other two mentioned. I own one of all three plus a 30 yr old B & D, a Dewalt trim router and a big PC, Makita and a older model Ryobi ( Pre Home Depot) all 3 1/4 hp mounted in tables. 8 routers, go figure. Now if you win the Lotto, then you can use the winnings as collateral for a loan to buy a Festool :-)

Bandsaw next, then a planer and jointer. In whatever order you deem necessary. I would get the planer first. Look at the Dewalt. Do not get a table top jointer. Save up for a good floor model. Grizzly has a great selection of 6” and 8”. Good Luck and welcome to the club. As far a TS blades go, try a Freud, or save your pennies for a Forrest WWII. In the long run you will save money by having Forrest resharpen them. My first Forrest is 12 years old and has been resharpened several times at $25 a pop. Hope my humble opinionated input helps.

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