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Forum topic by myxology posted 07-06-2016 03:50 AM 972 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2016 03:50 AM

Hey guys…. Got a little spending money and I think it’s time to add to the collection. I don’t have high end tools, but they work fine for my level of “craftsmanship,” so I’d rather buy something that will do the job than wait a long time, save up money and buy one really expensive thing or to upgrade existing items just yet. (I’m guessing I just revealed a whole lot about myself.) :) At any rate, here is a list of the tools I have and some things I considered. I could spend around $500-$600.

Some items I have considered = a lathe or a 6” jointer

The only item I had considered saving for is the 8” jointer from Grizzly…

Other than that, here is a list of what I have. Looking for ideas. Thanks in advance for your advice!

I have:::
Table Saw
Miter Saw
Belt/Disc Sander
Scroll Saw
Drill Press
Thickness Planer
Band Saw
Dust Collector

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#1 posted 07-06-2016 04:33 AM

Looking at you list…...I be getting a jointer next. Good stock prep is like a good foundation to build on.

Disclaimer….just my opinion….doesn’t make it true for everyone.

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#2 posted 07-06-2016 05:05 AM

Are you sure you need one more tool ? If you needed it you would not be asking which one.

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#3 posted 07-06-2016 05:44 AM

A good work shop has plenty of lights, solid work benches, outfeed table-workbench, router table (if needed), air compressor & nail guns, handheld belt sander….. For me larger new purchases can be put on a charge card & paid off in monthly installments. Amazon has a good store card, ZERO interest if paid off with in a certain amount of time. I bought a 2k plasma cutter & paid it off in 6 months…....I know thats expensive but Just a thought…....

I don’t know your area but I like purchasing second hand. Im in the Los Angeles area, actually to the east in the Inland Empire, deals around here are plentiful. Several years ago I scored a good quality 6” jointer for $125 & a large wood lathe for about $300. I too would like an 8” jointer one day, its just not need at the moment.
Happy tool collecting, Mike

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#4 posted 07-06-2016 11:14 AM

I think you’d be amazed at how versatile a router is. A good router, table, and some decent bits would be on my shortlist.

A jointer is considered step 1 for getting dimensional lumber flat and square, but with the help of a planer sled the thickness planer can achieve flatness, and there are some workarounds for squaring an edge with a table saw once the face is flat. If you already had a router, I’d vote for the jointer in a heartbeat, but I think the router offers more capability that you don’t already have.

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#5 posted 07-06-2016 11:32 AM

Get a used 6” jointer and a router + table. Should be able to swing that for $600. It’s hard to find a decent used router table (in my area) so you may want to look at building you’re own.

Not sure what kind of work you do, but that would be a huge step up in your shop. I’m not a router guy, but when you need it, you need it. And I can’t live without my jointer.

-- -Dan

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#6 posted 07-06-2016 11:50 AM

A router and router table are higher on my tool list than a machine jointer – I still don’t have one. A planer sled gets a face flat and a #7 jointer gets the sides square. If you build panels/tops too large to go through the planer, you might look at hand planes – by far the best way for the hobbyist to flatten and smooth large panels. As for lathes, the Harbor Freight 34706 is an outstanding value - review. Thing about a lathe though is the machine is just the beginning – cutting tools, chucks, sharpening jigs, grinder, tool rests, etc take some $’s.

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#7 posted 07-06-2016 12:17 PM

I don t have high end tools, but they work fine for my level of “craftsmanship,”
I think this philosophy is common, but erroneous.

From experience I can tell you that the quality of tools you use can limit your craftsmanship.

I’m thinking mostly of hand tools, but it also applies to power tools.

That being said, you buy the best you can afford.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 07-06-2016 01:24 PM

Oops! I missed one. I do have a router already and a home made router table. The other option I had also thought of was to buy a bunch of the small things that I could use, such as a router lift, and/or something like the Incra fence. One of the things that I’ve always struggled with regarding my current tools is super fine adjustments. A Beiesmeyer (sp?) style fence could be a good idea too.

This is fun! I don’t NEED these things that we’re talking about but it’s going to be fun getting whatever it is. Any other ideas?

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#9 posted 07-06-2016 06:23 PM

You need a jointer. No doubt about it. An 8 inch would be great, but a 6 inch is all you really need. Then get a router combo kit, like the Bosch 1617 with variable speed and fixed and plunge bases. Then a trim router.

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#10 posted 07-06-2016 06:34 PM

This guy will give you a lot of inspiration. My guess is that you need a tad more than $500-600

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#11 posted 07-06-2016 07:10 PM

Ok, so I am leaning strongly towards a bench top jointer. I was considering this one. It looks like the feedback is pretty good and I agree with Kirk650 that a 6” should do for now. I do have a Bosch 1617 and a trim router, so I’m good there. If I buy this jointer then I may have enough left over to find a used lathe somewhere.

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#12 posted 07-06-2016 07:19 PM

Unless you are severely limited on room, I strongly suggest that you not buy that jointer, but get a 6 inch freestanding jointer. I had the little one, but it just wasn’t enough tool. Pricewise, what I moved up to was a Ridgid 6 inch jointer. Relatively speaking, it was very affordable and was (and is) good quality. And a couple of years ago I upgraded the cutter head to spiral carbide. Easy to do, and the best idea I’ve had in years. If you find a new or used Ridgid, I have extra straight blades and the original straight blade cutter head that you can have.

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#13 posted 07-06-2016 07:24 PM

At the $500-600 range you can get a little benchtop lathe new or an older 12” model in good condition. The problem is that you’re not going to be able to do much with the lathe without buying some turning tools and chucks/faceplates. If you’re patient, you might be able to score all of that in a package deal for an older lathe.

Similarly, your money will buy a great used stationary 6” jointer rather than a little benchtop number. You’ll get pretty tired of that benchtop if you ever joint things longer than a foot or two.

I echo what was said above. Get the tool that you find yourself needing. It might just be a jig for your table saw.

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#14 posted 07-06-2016 07:50 PM

IMO, SKIP the benchtop jointer unless you exclusively make very small pieces. They are generally crappy and impossible to use on anything of any size. I got my jointer on CL for $200 and have been using it since.

BUY a nice fence for your tablesaw. Life is so easy when you can adjust your fence and trust it. I did not understand the concept of a nice fence when I was buying my table saw but I bought one with a bies anyway. I understand now and I can’t stress enough how nice it is to have a good fence.

EDIT: and I bought my TS off CL too. $500 got me a nice delta saw w/ cast iron top, router table extension, biesemier fence, link belt, mobile base, and a brand new CMT dado set. Used tools are where it’s at.

-- -Dan

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#15 posted 07-06-2016 07:55 PM

Get a used Grizly 8 inch jointer with a spiral carbide cutter.
Don’t screw with getting a 6 inch jointer. I made that mistake

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