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#1 posted 10-25-2013 08:29 PM

Agree with tools/machines matching the projects.

I would also add the Why are you doing/trying wood working as well.

If you really dig machines with lots of sharp whirring edges and tons of time on setups/alignments and measuring, then by all mean machines are the way to. If you are after relaxing and enjoying the sights and smells of the wood and making something with your hands, then hand tools may be a better place to start.

I have and use both depending on the project/need. My preference is to use hand tools.

If looking for lots of machine for the buck consider a used shopsmith. You’ll hear bad things abut these machines (especially from those that have never used one) but 5 machines in the space of one is appealing. The number of operations these machines can perform increases also with Special Purpose Tools that can be added on. Band saw, jointer, planer, belt and strip sanders, scroll saws, the list goes on an on. Shopsmiths can be picked up relatively inexpensively on craigslist and you can still get parts from the home company in most cases. I just bought some brand new parts for my 1955 model. What other manufacturers are still supporting 60 year old products/machines?

-- - Terry

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