|Forum topic by TheKingInYellow||posted 01-10-2011 05:24 PM||1516 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
01-10-2011 05:24 PM
After a year hiatus from woodworking (new baby = no garage time), I am planning to get back to it this spring, and I have a little bit of a post-holiday budget to work on my shop.
Now, my shop is not ideal, it’s a on-insulated-not-quite-double garage with a car in it, so everything I have needs to be able to sit comfortably on a bench or fold out of the way.
Currently I have:
Budget is always a concern, thus the Ryobi stuff, but it’s all worked well enough for someone of my limited skill and experience. I bought the Hitachi router and the SuperJig last year with the intention of getting into box-making. The Rigid saw is the best I could afford that would be small enough to fit in the garage, and so far it has done me well.
I have a budget of about $500 to add to the shop, and since I was looking at doing boxes, I’m stuck with the next choice. I have a source of good quality S4S Ash/Walnut/Maple/Cherry here in Winnipeg, but if I ever want to use exotic woods, it’s all 8/4 rough cut or maybe S2S at best.
I’d like to get into resawing, and I have been able to do some resawing on my table saw on my first real project but it was less than ideal. With no planer, it made getting everything square a real challenge!
So, should I start with a bandsaw? Is there a benchtop model that’s actually worth buying or do I need to bite the bullet and get at least a 14” and find room in the garage for it? Should I keep resawing on my table saw and invest in the planer? Are both of these options pointless without a jointer?
I’d appreciate any advice that you might have to offer.
-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...