|Forum topic by mdoleman||posted 01-27-2016 04:42 PM||794 views||0 times favorited||42 replies|
01-27-2016 04:42 PM
I’ve been jumping back into more “serious” woodworking after an absence of more than a decade. Not that I ever “gave it up,” but I paused at the point of acquiring more equipment, at some arbitrary point. I like to do mostly smaller projects, and have a few specialized interests, such as bows and musical instruments. Aside from that I do a bit of cabinetry and small/simple furnishings.
Lumber-wise, I mostly buy from the local Crosscut Hardwoods. They always have great stock in select and FAS board, and I am content to buy S3S pieces that I then cut to size using my table saw. The process isn’t “perfect,” but I’ve been generally content with it.
There are times, though, that I think I’d like to go a bit further. I’d like to be able to confidently purchase boards that might need a bit more work to prepare. I’d also like to be able to re-saw smaller pieces on my band-saw, and even pick-up some odd logs, here and there, to cut down for use.
None of my equipment is high end in the sense of “fine” woodworking, and I have very little interest in spending the money to go that route. It’s “just a hobby” for me, and I don’t have the money or space for a thoroughly outfitted shop.
All that said, I’m also not really interested in developing the skills needed to effectively square and size pieces via hand planing. It just seems to me that the investment in proper tools and time is prohibitive. I have a “day job,” after all, so my work is limited to weekends for the most part.
At any rate… I currently own a table saw, band saw, drill press, and router/table combo as my primary, floor-standing tools. To my mind, the next logical piece to add would be a jointer, but I have some reservations about spending the money, for a variety of reasons…
Thanks in advance for any input…