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Beginningwoodworker

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1204 days ago

If I was to down size my tool collection would you let go first? the benchtop drill press, mortiser, or miter saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker


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lew

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#1 posted 1204 days ago

I would consider the direction you plan on taking as a woodworker. For myself, it would be the mortiser. I use mine less than the other two tools you mentioned.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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David Kirtley

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#2 posted 1204 days ago

Well, none of the three are must haves. The miter saw and drill press would probably be the easiest to move. The mortiser is pretty much a luxury. The drill press would also be the most versatile in that it can do mortises also.

So the order:

Miter saw (if you are in a hurry to clear stuff out)

mortiser

drill press.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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AZMac

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#3 posted 1204 days ago

I have both and I’m not sure I would sell either. I guess the benchtop mortise would go first. I could live without it, but my woodworking life would be less fun.
AZMac

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cabs4less

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#4 posted 1204 days ago

I say keep the chop saw you can use it in any contruction environmet framing trim cabinets furniture etc.

-- As Best I Can

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Cosmicsniper

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#5 posted 1204 days ago

I agree with David. The miter saw would be the first to go for me. Critical miters are done on the table saw…my miter functions only as a chop saw to pre-cut lumber to size…something that can be done with other tools…or a smaller version of the same thing.

Sure, I might need it for another molding job some day and would wish I had it back, but it’d still be the most dispensible power tool I have.

The mortiser is replaceable, but not as easily so. I’d give up the miter saw first, if only for the room you save.

I don’t know how you could go without a drill press personally. I don’t use mine frequently, but when I use it, it’s the only tool that will perform that given task.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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dbhost

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#6 posted 1204 days ago

If I had to I would lose the mortiser first. Then the miter saw. Hang on to the drill press until the bitter end.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1204 days ago

Ya my mortiser is kind of unpower!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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patron

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#8 posted 1204 days ago

charles
i know things are tough
same here for me

but i can’t help but wonder what you will do
if you get some work
or things turn around

i have had my tools sold for me
(by ex-wives)
but have never sold one yet myself

i have them to work better and easier
replacing them later will be that much harder
and more expensive

i don’t work as much as i used to
but when i do
i can work more comfortable

please think about it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1204 days ago

I have David.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Dustmite97

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#10 posted 1204 days ago

I couldn’t live without my drill press or miter saw. I agree that a mortiser is a luxary.

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GaryL

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#11 posted 1204 days ago

Charles…I wish you were closer. I could use some help for the next couple months. My usual helper went and landed himself a real job....lol
I would also say to try and keep what you can, so as not to be unprepared when work does present itself.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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patron

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#12 posted 1204 days ago

charles

i’m still thinking about this
and remember when you showed us
some new tool you just traded or bought

i guess there is a line between tools you have for yourself
and tools you trade and trade again
hopefully to get something you really want
i never did that so don’t really know what is right for you

just imagine making those chairs
on sawhorses
with a hand drill
and handsaws

you are a smart guy
i know you will do whats best

i will pray things get better for us all
and we can get back to work
making nice things
without starving

your shop is a good idea
more room
less rain damage
even as a storage room
it will be better than the one you have now

take care

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Beginningwoodworker

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#13 posted 1204 days ago

I hope so David.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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David Kirtley

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#14 posted 1202 days ago

After giving it a bit more thought….

Use the miterbox to build a manual miterbox and shooting board before you get rid of it. An inexpensive handsaw will replace it easily.

I rarely use my drill press except for drilling metal. In fact, I rarely use a power drill at all. I can have a hole drilled with my eggbeater faster than charging the cordless or running an extension cord for the corded one.

I don’t know the reason you find it necessary to liquidate these assets but I wouldn’t worry about it getting in the way of woodworking. I had most of my tools stolen a few years ago. This time around I am mostly working with a limited tool set. By choice. It takes a bit longer to cut things out if I am cutting out by hand but you know what? Not that much more time. It is also much more fun.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 1202 days ago

I just would like to free up room in shop other tools, like for a shaper, and a jointer.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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