|Forum topic by dbockel2||posted 11-30-2015 05:55 PM||1103 views||0 times favorited||26 replies|
11-30-2015 05:55 PM
As a novice/amatuer woodworker, most of my tools are either 1) hand-me-downs or 2) entry level, more portable type stuff. I don’t have a dedicated workshop so I don’t really have the space or setup for things like a professional cabinet saw or any large free standing tools (not that I have any business using them at this point). Here is a summary of what I have and my general take on each. If anyone has the willingness to give me any suggestions for future purchases/upgrades I would appreciate the opions.
What I have:
Circular Saw – I have an old piece of shit and I rarely use it (other than trimming a large piece of plywood recently). But I could envision using one and a newer one would probably be a nice upgrade (and they’re not that expensive).
Miter Saw – Another brandless piece of junk that I don’t think cuts very straight lines (and does not have an extending blade/radial reach). But for basic chopping of boards into smaller lengths, it does the trick decently enough. But I think I could get a better saw.
Thickness planer – I bought a Porter Cable portable planer earlier this year. While I like it, my planing seems to never be perfectly flat and I don’t know if it is due to 1) not having a jointer with which to first square one side of the board, 2) having an inferior thickness planer, 3) something else..
Drill press – I have a cheap Skilsaw drill press I got earlier this year. As far as I’m concerned it does exactly what it needs to do.
Router – I have a porter cable router with plunge attachment as well. I think it works fine for what I use it for. Basic roundover bits and cutting bits.
Bandsaw – I have a craftsman bandsaw that I got earlier this year for a couple hundred bucks. I think it is OK. Probably more than sufficient for my projects but certainly nothing special.
JOINTER – I DO NOT HAVE ONE. DO I NEED ONE? If so, are there any suitable models that are <$300 but do a good job? Will I get that much use out of it? I did build a straight line jig for my TS a while back but given my aforementioned straightness challenges, I’m not sure it does much more than help me clean up rough lumber.
Should I get a jointer? Should I replace my TS or TS fence (the DeWalt fence honestly seems like a piece of junk to spend $80 replacing). Are there other tools/accessories I should consider (say a Kreg Jig or new saw blades/router bits?) Just trying to think of where I can expand/upgrade.
Most of what I build is fairly simple—so far that has been cutting boards, adirondack chairs, deck coolers, a barn door, other little crafts/projects. I do not have a lathe and have never spun any wood. Interesting as it sounds, I don’t know that I have the space or desire to pursue it yet. I am considering doing pantry shelves at some point as my next potential big project.