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Ritty

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1260 days ago

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hi LJs im fairly new to lumberjocks and, thought maybe you guys could help. what are the key essntial tools in the shop. so far i have a nice table saw with a incra fence and a porter cable router with router table and a dovetail jig, ima getting a drill press but my grandma said i cant have it till i build her a cabinet lol i love that lady. and of course 3 sanders 1/2 sheet, orbital, and the mini mouse sander, jig saw, circular saw, i dont see anything i really need what about something that would make life a whole lot easier with things idk you guys tell me


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Greedo

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#1 posted 1260 days ago

out of the basics, i would say you are missing a jointer/planer eventually with a dust collector.
and a random orbital sander would be a noticable upgrade from an orbital model.

and i almost forgot the bandsaw! drill press is not essential IMO, been woodworking intensively for the past 3 years, never used my drillpress (i use it for metalworking so it’s greasy)

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blockhead

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#2 posted 1260 days ago

It really depends on what you will be building mostly. I agree with Greedo, a bandsaw is a nice tool to have. I do use my drill press quite a bit though. For what I do, my PC belt/disc sander and Ridgid oscillating sander are indispensible. I use my chopsaw A LOT as well. Be sure you have a good blade on your TS. Makes life a lot easier.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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biglarry

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#3 posted 1260 days ago

An essential for me is back ground music, usually classic or hard rock.

An item that I think would make your life easier is a Kreg or similar pocket hole jig.

For the rest of the tools I’m a firm believer in a shop evolving. An example could be you are building cabinets and you are using European hinges. You need a Forstner bit for the holes and you don’t have a drill press so you buy one. After you get it you will wonder how you got along without it.

Many time we buy tools because we want them but we should save our money and get things we need. I learned this the hard way buy just after buying a drill press I needed a jointer.

It sounds as you have a good start to your shop and I hope you make a lot of saw dust in the future.

-- "When the going gets tough, switch to power tools." - Red Green

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Bertha

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#4 posted 1260 days ago

Owning a planer & jointer really changed the way I approach woodworking. I’d buy a nice hand plane but be careful, you might get hooked!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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ScottN

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#5 posted 1260 days ago

Let your work decide what tools you need. You’ll know what you want, when you want it.

-- New Auburn,WI

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Ritty

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#6 posted 1259 days ago

thanks guys your comments really helped, i think i might go get me a bandsaw idk dont need it yet maybe save up for it then buy when i need it. you guys helped alot thx

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teejk

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#7 posted 1259 days ago

you don’t mention the miter saw. that would be on my list before the band saw (and I would probably place a planer ahead of the band-saw too). that’s based strictly on my personal use. not to say the band saw is a luxury item but I got by for years without one until I saw a surplus in my tool budget.

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Tommy

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#8 posted 1259 days ago

I was recently in your same position and I’s saw BANDSAW BANDSAW BANDSAW. So much versatility and so many functions it adds for you!

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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Stormin

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#9 posted 1259 days ago

A refreshment fridge is always a nice accessory. A router is a great tool to have.

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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crank49

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#10 posted 1259 days ago

You didn’t mention some of the very basic but IMHO most essential tools. The squares, levels, measuring and marking instruments. Then you almost have to have some good quality hand saws, chisels, and at least a couple of quality planes. I make use of all these tools on just about every thing I work on. You also have to have the proper sharpening tools and supplies to make these hand tools work correctly.

In the power tool department, I agree with the bandsaw, miter saw, belt/disk or oscillating edge sanders and drill press. These are all very useful tools to have after you get the basics covered. I might even consider these tools as essential basics as well.

And CLAMPS. You never have enough clamps.

Did you say “I don’t see anything else I really need.”
Really? You just have to be joking, Right?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Dandog

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#11 posted 1259 days ago

I think clamps are good but a nice scroll saw is so much fun. Make sure you get a foot pedal.Maybe a bandsaw first

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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Greedo

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#12 posted 1259 days ago

come to think of it, why not just list the tools we use in the order we use them.
in my case when i start a project the first tool is use is the miter saw for cutting the wood at rough length, then usually the tablesaw for ripping the wood in the needed dimensions, then jointer and planer.
those are the basics for me with each project that involves solid wood.
then it depends on what i am making, not every project requires the bandsaw, drill press, router table, shaper, ... as for powertools the only one i use with each project is the random orbital sander, so you better get a quality one!

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ScottN

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#13 posted 1259 days ago

A jointer and a planer. Find a local saw mill which sells kiln dried lumber.HUGE savings on wood prices, and where else are you going to find #1 and #2 com wood which IMO is some of the prettiest wood you’ll find.?

-- New Auburn,WI

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SnowyRiver

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#14 posted 1259 days ago

I would vote for the planer and jointer too…It opens the door to a lot of possibilities.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 1259 days ago

You should go ahead and get all of the power tools that you need, but I would advise you not to neglect the hand tools and learn how to use them well while you are young. It’s the kind of thing that I don’t think that you will ever regret.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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