|Forum topic by Chris||posted 08-05-2010 09:49 AM||1341 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-05-2010 09:49 AM
I’ve been lurking around this forum and others like it for years waiting for the day when I’d have the space and the resources to set up a workshop. That day has finally arrived, and before I do anything rash I thought I should ask for some advice from the experts.
I’m single and have a two car garage to work with (the truck can sit in the driveway). I’ve tried to be thorough about reading tool reviews, but I would like some more experienced opinions before placing orders. I’m looking at getting a table saw, jointer, planer, band saw, dust collector and drill press; and I’m limited to 110v electrical. My research seems to show that Grizzly makes the best bang-for-the-buck tools in these categories. Here’s my proposed power tool shopping list so far:
G0689 13” 2 HP Planer
I also have a bunch of hand tools on the list: a block plane, jack plane, smoothing plane, a set of chisels, hand saw, grinder and sharpening stones…pretty much anything I could think of that I’d need.
My questions…First, am I overlooking anything that it would be a good idea to get? Second, are the tools I’ve selected reasonable choices, or are there alternates I should be considering? Third, am I going way, way overboard? Because I feel like I’m getting way too excited about this, and it might be clouding my already questionable judgement.
Finally, I get the impression from my research that for most types of hand tools, while the really high end ones are definitely better, even an inexpensive but reasonable constructed hand tool can be tuned to perform well. Is this the case? Are there any mid-tier or low-end tool brands that are recommended? I’d hate to spend a ton of money on planes and chisel at this stage in my development and ruin them through ignorance when I could risk less cash and learn how to properly maintain a tool at the same time (does that sound like rationalization?). For convenience sake I was thinking of ordering planes and chisels from Grizzly if I end up going with their other tools, as they seemed to get decent reviews (when I could find reviews for their hand tools).
On a separate but related topic, I’m originally from Michigan, but right now I live in San Angelo, Texas (Goodfellow AFB). I’m hoping there might be someone active on these boards from the region who can tell me where I can find wood. The nearest real hardwood supplier I was able to locate via the internet was in Austin 3+ hours away, and the local big box stores have practically nothing. I can always order wood online, but I’d prefer to buy it in person.
Anyway, whatever wisdom you all could impart to me is very much appreciated. I haven’t done any woodworking since I joined the military 10 years ago, and probably a few years before that, so I need all the help I can get. This site has already been a tremendous inspiration and learning resource for me. I’ve spent days here going through the forums and galleries. Thank you all for posting so much great information here every day.