|Forum topic by Dustin||posted 06-16-2016 12:24 PM||657 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
06-16-2016 12:24 PM
As of this coming weekend, I’ll finally have some scratch to add some much needed (ok, much wanted) tools to my shop. As of right now, the top of the list is a drill press. After posting previously, getting feedback, and reading the reviews here, I’ve settle on the Porter Cable floor model they sell over at Lowe’s. For the reasonable price, size, spindle travel, and power, it seems like a good value and one that I won’t be “outgrowing” unless I move into metal work (not happening; metal slivers far less tolerable than wood splinters).
There are two other possible tools I’m looking at: a lathe and a planer.
Most of my projects for the foreseeable future (at least 2 large sets of built-in bookcases) are using plywood mostly, with hardwoods only really used for the face frames. It’s not ideal, but for such a small portion of the project, it’s pretty easy to just pick this up (usually poplar) at the big box stores. That’s the mentality I have, anyway, for justifying not currently having a planer, but I know I’ll need one eventually (especially if I want to start getting better quality lumber for less at a mill).
So here’s what I found on good ole CL:
Delta TP400LS. I know it’s not top o’ the line, but it looks barely used, and that low of a price can atone for many shortcomings. Any thoughts/knowledge on this planer, or hard warnings against it? It seems like even if I grow out of this one, making back what I put into it wouldn’t be too difficult.
As for the lathe, the main goal here is to get into pen turning (my wife is a biliophile and avid journaler, and the thought of having 20+ fountain pens customized to her specifications makes her drool). I’ve seen a lot of small lathes for about $300, from Grizzly to Rockler to Harbor Freight. I don’t intend to get into turning anything larger than possible end-table legs in the future, so I don’t want to overdo it. My main two concerns here are: 1) I don’t want to buy a re-branded HF lathe from another source, only to find out I paid too much for the same thing with a different paint job, and 2) I don’t want to pay for a “nice lathe” that’s really just inflated in price due to bells and whistles that rarely even get used.
As for as what I’ve found in my area,
I can’t see the model number, but it looks like a decently sized Craftsman lathe, with some tools thrown in (I know this is an expense I can otherwise fail to factor in on this kind of purchase). It seems like a decent propect, especially if I can get the price negotiated down to $400, but this is a tool I’ve never worked with before and have no knowledge of, so your thoughts and suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to this.
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