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Forum topic by richgreer posted 10-27-2010 10:26 PM 1909 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2010 10:26 PM

Imagine if, due to some catastrophe, your workshop and all the tools were destroyed and assume that you have the insurance money necessary to start over. What would you do differently?

For me, I can think of one major change I think (not certain) that I would make. Instead of a table saw, jointer and planer I would seriously consider a European style combination machine such as the Mini Max – -

What about you?

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

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 10:43 PM

contact the best toolfactory´s and say one of each handtool you make…...LOL


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#2 posted 10-27-2010 10:48 PM

Maybe skip a few of the more minor purchases and get a REALLY nice bandsaw.
(That mini-max isn’t a bad idea either!)

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 10:55 PM

Well I am pretty satisfied with the tools I have. Even though they aren’t anything super special they work well for me so I think I would just replace those as best as I could with new ones.

What I would update or upgrade if I could would be my shop! I converted my entire two stall garage into a workshop and have lots of space but the floor is well settled and no where near level. Its been a pain in the ass getting my work bench and all my tool stands level. I would also have the garage rebuilt with more windows added, possibly a large picture window to view my landscaping outside. I would also want to add HEAT and water hook up! I would trade half my space for heat, water and a level floor.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 11:06 PM

Mind you, I am very happy with what I have been blessed with, but if we are going to play with pipe dream territory here…

If I had to start over again… let’s play with this a little bit and say budget isn’t quite as tight as it really is…

Sawstop 3HP PCS with the 50” fence, with a Mast – R – Slide. My Ryobi BT3100 has me VERY used to sliding miter tables… Bench Dog router wing package (wing and fence). Maybe a router lift. I do well enough without one though, it is easy to adjust below table with a wing setup… This would replace my Ryobi BT3100.

Grizzly G0634Z 12” spiral cutterhead combination planer / jointer to replace my benchtop units.

Grizzly G0698 18×47 lathe to replace my HF 12×36..

JDS 14060 3 HP Single Phase cyclone, and appropriately upgraded ductwork. Would replace the Central Machinery 2HP DC and Thien separator.

Grizzly G0513P 17” bandsaw, and a good selection of Timberwolf and Woodslicer blades. Replace the Central Machinery 14” saw.

Grizzly G0458 cantiliever wide drum sander. Would be added.

12” Ridgid dual bevel SCMS would replace my B&D 1) non slider.

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 11:23 PM

Spend less on tools and make a bigger shop.

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 11:40 PM

I would have built an outbuilding instead of using my garage. It could have been as big as 22×60.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 11:42 PM

forgo all power tools with the exception of: circular saw, and jigsaw and router that could both fit into a table with inserts.

I notice that recently I mostly choose to work with non powered tools to avoid the noise, and dust.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 11:57 PM

Sawstop instead of Unisaw, and 8 inch jointer instead of 6

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 12:04 AM

Definately build a dedicated workshop. Enclosed area for cutting, enclosed area for assembly and an enclosed area for finishing. I enjoy the OLD tools I use, probably replace them with more OLD tools.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 12:50 AM

Dave, I’ll take your Unisaw. It will now fit in my new, slightly enlarged shop.

With that insurance money, a new shop with lots of electrical outlets and an overhead dust collection system will serve me well and will be great in support of my new Shopsmith PowerPro.

I have always wanted a Unisaw but I will not give up my Shopsmith, none of them.

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 01:10 AM

Powermatic!!!! and more Veritas (of course I would have saved the ones I have at any cost).

-- Don

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#12 posted 10-28-2010 01:40 AM

I would definatly buy another 14 inch bands saw and Jet 12 inch disc sander. Id buy a really good table saw and skip the compound miter saw that i hardly ever use !!!!

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#13 posted 10-28-2010 01:56 AM

I did start over when I retired. I sold everything when I left California. I would loved a bigger shop but made do with what I had to work with.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 10-28-2010 02:13 AM

I’m with the guys that would build bigger and better shop buildings. As for tools, I would probably have much less emphasis on power and more on hand tools that I have in the past. The big machines that I would upgrade if possible would be band saw, lathe, drill press and router table. I would also add dust collection that I don’t have now. As much as I would like to have nice cabinet saw over my current contractor saw, I might even consider doing without a table saw at all. As for hand tools, I definitely would include some high quality planes and a high quality set of bench chisels. Still, I have a thing for antique tools. I love the ingenuity of some of those old tools. I would still have those. Included, I think I would prefer to have an old Millers Falls Landon Miter Box with Disston miter saw instead of a miter saw.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#15 posted 10-28-2010 03:40 AM

i would do the same as i did 15 years ago..i went delta..and they have run every day since i bought them…not one problem..the only thing i didnt buy when i had the money was a nice band saw…i would love an i8 inch…but would be happy with a 14…ive heard good reports from folks who bought a grizzly..i would go that rout..besides that i have everything i could ever want…well i would add a separate finish room…besides that …i like it the way it is…well i would insulate my shop so it held the heating and cooling better…but besides that..i like it the way it is…:) im done…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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