|Forum topic by ARTbyGUNTHER||posted 08-17-2010 02:01 AM||2664 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
08-17-2010 02:01 AM
I’m a new member who found this site while researching table saws for my new (basement) shop and got addicted very quickly. I’m looking for some advice on where/what to spend my initial funds on. [I know this is a very open ended question and that opinions vary so I have included some additional background at the bottom for those interested.]
Presently, I am getting back into woodworking in general and art in particular as I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to get out of the corporate world (which I long ago lost all love for) and get back to creating, which I’ve always been passionate about.My reasons for wanting to setup a basement shop (besides the excuse to buy tools which, let’s be honest, is almost enough in and of itself) are twofold:
My primary focus is on my art projects as they will be generating income. For example I don’t plan on buying a jointer or planer for a while as I do not need those for my art projects currently. Eventually I’d love to have them so I could buy rough lumber but its just not a priority right now. With that in mind I have between $1500 and $2500 to spend and am curious as to what your recommendations would be.
After weeks of research (and lots of great information on this site) I am leaning towards:
Thoughts/opinions/recommendations? Am I on the right track? Are there any essential tools that may have escaped me? Thanks in advance for your help!
I grew up working with all the basic woodworking power tools (table saw, radial arm saw, jointer, planer, band saw, router, etc) as my father was a hobbyist woodworker whose main profession allowed him the money to outfit his shop with quality tools (Delta, Grizzly, etc). Starting in my later teen years, I worked for my father for about 10 years after he started a woodworking company that focused on large scale projects (kit houses and such; i.e. cut 200 of this, cut 500 of that). I racked up a lot of hours in that shop on large industrial woodworking machines (16” radial arm saw, 10” panel saw, multi head drill press, etc.) as well as taking woodworking in middle and high school. I definitely learned a lot but that has now been 10 to 20 years ago and much of that has been forgotten.
-- Gunther, Marietta GA -- So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be. -Alfred, Lord Tennyson