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11-25-2015 04:26 PM

What will be your next woodworking tool purchase? Why?

What would this new tool do for you that you can’t already do now?

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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#1 posted 11-25-2015 04:47 PM

I would really like to have a bigger bandsaw, 17”-18” but the cheap 14” Delta clone that I have does most of the job I throw it so I’m in no rush to upgrade yet .
With the bigger bandsaw I could use wider blades,will have higher resaw capacity, wider table, foot brake is also nice feature to have.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#2 posted 11-25-2015 04:49 PM

Ken wants a bigger bandsaw, I just want a bandsaw. My next major purchase will probably be a good 14in bandsaw. It’ll allow easier resawing, more accurate cutting of curves and will replace my table saw for ripping.

Why? More versatility and less space used up in my tiny shop vs the table saw, which will be sold.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 04:52 PM

I am buying an new Nova Galaxy lathe.It is not on the market yet so I have to do a review on it for Nova.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 04:53 PM

Hi Cricket
The next tool purchase, I received today a Festool domino 500. I resisted spending the high cost of buying this tool but think it will increase the ease and speed of building furniture making my prices a little more competitive. In general I think the cost of most of the Festool tool line is beyond my budget. I have now investigated what a domino tool can do and it’s ease of use,so I hope it’s worth what is for me a very large investment.

Here’s a link about it’s uses

Have a great thanksgiving Cricket and all of the LJ gang

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 04:55 PM

if this were just a question of the larger tools, I would consider replacing my old craftsman 10” table. It is approaching 25 years old. I like the sawstop but will most likely go for the Laguna platinum. Reality says this will not happen for awhile. So, I would like to get a nice shoulder plane.

-- Making big pieces of wood smaller since 1980

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#6 posted 11-25-2015 04:56 PM

This just came up a little while back. More responses here if you want to look.

I would like an 18” band saw to replace my 14”

But 1st on my list, I really am looking for some “old iron” table saw to replace my Delta.
Something like this would fit the bill nicely.

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#7 posted 11-25-2015 05:12 PM

I really want a large lathe. Been wanting one for 15 years but can never fork over the dough. Retired now and have the time but not the money. Funny how that works. I can’t complain, though, because I have a lot of very good tools and machines. It never hurts to dream!

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#8 posted 11-25-2015 05:15 PM

I want a CNC Router. I’m waiting for a good used CAMASTER to come up after the first of the year. There was a sweet one just came up but west coast, and finances did not permit it. However, after 1/1/16, i’m ready.

I want to use it to speed making some parts for my wine cabinets I’ve been making, and to use for 4th axis to turn legs

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#9 posted 11-25-2015 05:16 PM

I just picked up a 14” band saw for $100 bucks, so my next tool in my sights is a jointer. Space is at a premium though as my wife insists on parking her new car in the garage. Harrumph!

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#10 posted 11-25-2015 05:19 PM

My next big purchase is a 14” band saw looking at the Grizzlies but I’m open to suggestions. The reason for Grizzly is price. But I’m goin to purchase rails for my table saw sled that I need so badly.

-- Thom CT.

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#11 posted 11-25-2015 05:30 PM

I’d like a garage that is twice as big so I can walk around & get to everything I want to without unloading half the garage to get to it! :)

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#12 posted 11-25-2015 05:42 PM

Just bought a cigar shaped spokeshave. I am working on a project that has some tight curves I just cannot get to with anything else that I have. For !$40.00 thought it was a good deal. Since I cut off part of my left index finger tip, I have gone pretty much to all hand tools and I like it that way. Much quieter and less dust, and a more satisfying experience with the wood overall. Since I do this for enjoyment, not profit, I want to actually enjoy it. I don’t like all the noise, dust ,whirring metal parts I have to worry with and I do enjoy the peace and quite and the sound of a good sharp plane as it does it’s magic on a piece of wood.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#13 posted 11-25-2015 05:58 PM

Won’t know until it shows up on CL and I’m lucky enough to get to it first :)


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#14 posted 11-25-2015 09:25 PM

I just got done with a commissioned set of twelve Shadow Box frames that I had to sign with a woodburning pen. I want a branding iron. They’re soooo expensive, the electric ones that reproduce a signature.

-- Mark

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#15 posted 11-25-2015 09:33 PM

The next large purchase will probably be a 3HP cyclone dust collector.

The next small tool purchase will be a extension bit holder for my impact screw driver. It is an add-on add-on for amazon and I am waiting till I get the $25 min for free shipping.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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