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Forum topic by Nicholas Dillon posted 12-29-2009 03:55 AM 1524 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nicholas Dillon

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12-29-2009 03:55 AM

I am liking for some advice from you guys on what piece of equipment I should get next. My work spaceis too small for floor equipment. So I am stuck getting bench top models.

I currently only have a band saw and a router & table.

I am trying to decide between a drill press or a miter saw.

What would you get and why?

-- My workshop is a 8 x 8 shed! No Joke!

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 03:57 AM

Any upcoming projects that one would be more approprate than the other?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 12-29-2009 03:58 AM

What do you build, that will help a lot in what you need.

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Nicholas Dillon

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#3 posted 12-29-2009 04:43 AM

The last few projects have been outdoor furniture (2 tables and a bench)

I have already been asked by my mother to build her a sofa table. I would also like to get into some more crafty items like candle holders or wood toys for my nephews.

I would really love to get both right now but the wife will not allow that. I am just trying to figure out which will serve me the best right now.

-- My workshop is a 8 x 8 shed! No Joke!

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Paul M Cohen

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#4 posted 12-29-2009 05:02 AM

It’s easy get a Shopsmith, you get all of the tools you need/want and it takes less space that what a miter saw takes.

-- Paul, Beaverton OR,

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#5 posted 12-29-2009 05:19 AM

Wow, that is a tough decision, I use both a lot. The miter saw probably edges the drill in usage in my shop by a little, we do have two bench drill presses so I do like what I can do with them, I look to add at least two more (for line boring and a floor model)

One thing to consider, you likely own a drill which can do most of what a drill press does or at least get you by on your jobs without a drill press. Admittedly the press is going to be more accurate then a hand held drill but still a hand held drill will get you by. I used my hand held drill for everything before ever owning a drill press, I can even remember drilling hinge cup holes with a DW 18v drill and that was not fun at all.

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#6 posted 12-29-2009 05:35 AM

I agree with Paul. If space is severely limited, a Shopsmith is a great solution.

Just as a point of interest; a poll on the amount of shop space has been running on the Shopsmith forum for a little over a year. 56% responding have shops in the 200 to 300 square foot range. Surprisingly, 11% are limited to 100 square feet or less. These are all serious woodworkers, some of them are LJ’s.

Just for fun, mark off a 10’ x10’ area on your shop floor and scratch your head to see how you could possibly do useful work in such a space. In situations like this a Shopsmith is way ahead of anything else.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#7 posted 12-29-2009 05:43 AM

Miter saw.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 12-29-2009 08:51 AM

I’d go with the miter saw, even though I use my drill press a lot you cut more then you drill and it’s a quick easy way to make accurate cuts. A hand drill will cover for the drill press until you get the OK from the wife.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 12-29-2009 09:26 AM

Go to craigs list and buy used, you could probably find both for under 100.00. I have a nice miter saw 10” that sat on craigs list for a month with no offers.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 12-29-2009 02:25 PM

As an owner of a ShopSmith, I can say that it is not the end-all be-all that many make it out to be. They can do a lot, but it takes a completely different mentality to make the most of it. Converting it to the different modes gets old after a while….and I dare you to cut a mitered edge on an 18” wide piece of plywood. The whole “tilting” the table instead of the blade thing makes things tough.

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#11 posted 12-29-2009 02:46 PM

Yep. Craigslist; Miter saw. Then… with the money you save, you can probably find a decent benchtop drill press for a not a bundle and still have money left over to buy yourself a nice new mitersaw blade for the saw and some decent bits for the drill press! Make sure when you are looking on Craigslist to look in other cities in your vicinity. My experience is that you can drive a little ways sometimes and save a LOT of money!

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#12 posted 12-29-2009 03:05 PM

I am surprised there has been no mention of a benchtop table saw. Even though you weren’t looking at buying one, it is an invaluable tool in any woodshop.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 03:55 PM

I agree with rhett, a bench top table saw with a good sled can replace most functions of a chop saw, and has many applications past this.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#14 posted 12-29-2009 04:10 PM

Ya beat me to it Rhett and dan.

Deff agree, benchtop tablesaw!!! Sometimrs the Tablesaw can be the heart of the shop. :)

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#15 posted 12-29-2009 04:12 PM

Yeah, table saw, man, this is the ticket, my mitersaw collects a lot of dust, and the drill press is nice, buta tablesaw will give you precision you cannot get with a bandsaw. I do use the MS sometimes but find myself just using the TS more than most of the time.
Good luck, and watch Craigslist, sometimes the stuff is junk, and sometimes, you score great deals on unused stuff.
Keep track of your fingers. Its nice to have a full set.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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