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Forum topic by sandt38 posted 06-27-2010 04:39 AM 1441 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2010 04:39 AM

I know people ponder the answer to that question when they buy their ticket, but let’s say you won…

Aside from giving to family, to the church, to good causes, etc., we all know we would invest in our shops. Of course we would build a new shop and load it up, but here is my question…

Stop and really think about this before answering.

What is the very first tool or piece of equipment you would put in your shop? What is the one single item that you would spend an unlimited amount of money on, without hesitation? You could buy a $60K CNC router, or just a simple spokeshave…

What would it be?

This goes beyond greed, it is interesting to see what matters to people when they do what they love. Maybe someone will post up a device that makes me, or you, think about a new facet of woodworking…

Mine is a replacement for a tool I love. I have always said I wouldn’t replace it, but out for safeties sake, I would replace my TS3650 with this. It would be the ICS73480: 7.5 hp, 3 phase, 480 V, 9 A motor and the 85 inch table. I wouldn’t buy it just because I can, as I know there are better, I would buy it for safety…

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#1 posted 06-27-2010 04:59 AM

My first tool would be a drum sander a Delta X5 18×36” and to get a bigger and better shop in order to hire some people I know that have recently lost their jobs and to hopefully have a prosperous business for all of us :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 05:01 AM

That’s kind of funny….. before I read all the way down to your answer, I had already said to myself “top-of-the-line Sawstop”.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 05:05 AM

Charlie, to be honest I was expecting several people to reply similarly. To me, that kind of safety is invaluable. I suspect several people will feel the same as the 2 of us.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 05:06 AM

Other then a new building to have my shop in….. the first thing I would buy would be an awesome dust collection system.

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 05:10 AM

This isn’t a “tool” per se, but I live in Texas, so I’d invest in insulating and air conditioning my “shop”

Of course, I wouldn’t be working in my west-facing garage anymore, so I’d have to but 100+ acres and construct a 40’x80’ workshop to put this AC in.

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 05:14 AM

I need to add a room! Can that be a tool?

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 05:30 AM

I would buy Mike whole new set of carving chisels. Then… I ‘d buy me an Excaliber scroll saw !

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 05:59 AM

If I won something lottery scale, my first purchase would be land somewhere in rural New England with trees on it, and my second purchase would be a portable bandmill. Every time I visit New England relatives I can’t help staring out the window at all of the Maple trees just lying around on the ground in the woods. I could get a superhero costume and become a masked tree vigilante, making sure that fallen trees didn’t go to waste.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#9 posted 06-27-2010 07:27 AM

I would buy a bigger tablesaw. So why not the sawstop?

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#10 posted 06-27-2010 07:55 AM

A Saw Stop

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 06-27-2010 02:15 PM

I would also buy one of the high end European combination machines with sliding table, scoring blade, etc.. I’ve never looked at them seriously, so I don’t know exactly which one I would want – but I know that is the type of machine I would buy.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 06-27-2010 03:35 PM

drax0r—This isn’t a “tool” per se, but I live in Texas, so I’d invest in insulating and air conditioning my “shop”

Ditto about AC in the shop! I’m down here near San Antonio where we add humidity to the heat and sweat rolls off your hands as you handle things in the shop. My new BS already has rust on the table from sweaty hands AND I wax it every time I use it! It seems the sweat actually dissolves the wax because I have watched this happen in a matter of minutes. This time of year I average 95-100F in the shop during the afternoon hours but at least by afternoon the humidity has burnt off.

Can’t say enough about creature comforts.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 06-27-2010 03:56 PM

Big Shop!, No may even Bigger Shop!, No maybe the biggest shop I could imagine and of course x’s that by 2

-- Doug...

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#14 posted 06-27-2010 04:23 PM

Also saw stop. First thing that came to mind.

Second thing that came to mind: a nice wood lathe.

Third: A vac table for my CNC sheet router. Not having a vacuum table on a 4×8 bed really limits its usefulness.

Fourth: A Legacy CNC centre. ( I’ve had my eye on this for a while. Will really let me push my dream of a furniture making empire. ;)

These four items have been tumbling around in my head constantly for a while—don’t really have any major wants/needs/desires aside from them… at least not any that are expensive.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#15 posted 06-27-2010 04:27 PM

I’d have to buy some land with a forest in it. As for the first new machine it would have to be a hydraulic bandmill, followed quickly by a new tractor to move logs, then a few new chainsaws, etc.etc.etc….....

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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