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slolearner

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02-10-2018 04:20 PM

So I am new, real new. I am intrigued at the age 45 with the hobby of wood working. I currently have a 14inch bandsaw, table saw and a Bosch 1617 router Jessem lift and still working on a phenolic table. What am I missing that you guys consider a ” must ” have? My next serious will be a Dewalt 735x planer…


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Loren

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#1 posted 02-10-2018 04:24 PM

It depends on the sorts of things you want to
make. I could give you a whole list of things
that save me time and aggravation in making
furniture and plywood cabinets, but the list would
be long and the price to buy the stuff would
add up to quite a lot. A planer is a great time
saver for sure.

If you knew what your next 3 projects would
be, what would they be?

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sras

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#2 posted 02-10-2018 04:24 PM

My rule of thumb has been to not buy a tool until I am in need of it. That said, a planer is very useful for thinning stock – especially if you can resaw it with your band saw. It depends on what your projects need…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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slolearner

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#3 posted 02-10-2018 04:30 PM

I believe I am going to be somewhat of a furniture, cabinet kinda guy..

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Loren

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#4 posted 02-10-2018 04:39 PM

Planer, jointer, circular saw, bench planes, bench,
vise, chisels, rasps, files, brad point drills, bench
grinder, sharpening equipment, clamps, dust
collector, 6” sander, dowel jig, pocket hole jig.

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slolearner

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#5 posted 02-10-2018 05:41 PM



Planer, jointer, circular saw, bench planes, bench,
vise, chisels, rasps, files, brad point drills, bench
grinder, sharpening equipment, clamps, dust
collector, 6” sander, dowel jig, pocket hole jig.

- Loren

Thank you for the insight.

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 02-10-2018 06:07 PM

For cabinets and furniture. IMHO, Tape measure and pencil, table saw, planer,jointer and band saw and sanders. Because the first thing you want is flat, straight, square stock to work with. Once you can properly get your stock ready you need some layout tools for laying our your joints and tool to cut you joints with. After that buy them as you need them.

BTW I’m assuming you’ll be mostly a power tool guy.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Aj2

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#7 posted 02-10-2018 06:17 PM

You need to get some wood lots and lots of it. Alder is a very popular choice:)

-- Aj

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Kelly

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#8 posted 02-10-2018 06:21 PM

Going with the “[d]on’t buy it until you need it” concept, you need GOOD dust collection now.

In that vein, I added a sanding table a few years back. It helped, but was so-so until I put sides, back and a top on it using some nylon I had laying around. It is, now, one of my indispensable tools.

By building my own table, I got more table for the money I would have spent on the commercial ones, which, without the sides, back and top, are pathetic.

I even router small items in the sand station, when the table won’t do, and it knocks down the dust significantly.

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 02-10-2018 06:23 PM


You need to get some wood lots and lots of it. Alder is a very popular choice:)

- Aj2

+1 Alder is cutting edge friendly. Won’t blunt your edge tools like the exotic do :)

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 02-10-2018 06:26 PM

My rule of thumb has been to not buy a tool until I am in need of it.

+1

Only time I will buy something I don’t really need is if I run across something for a stupid low price that I can’t resist. Unfortunately, that happens far too often, and I’ve long since run out of space :-O

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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LesB

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#11 posted 02-10-2018 06:29 PM

First thing you need is an adequate space for all the tools you are going to accumulate if you continue to grow you wood working activities.
Then as others have said, I get tools according to projects I can “justify” them with….for some people that means justify them with their spouse….I don’t have that restriction. My wife actually buys me about half of my desired tools….usually as birthday or Xmas gifts.
I haven’t seen anyone who did not enjoy having a good lathe. Great for relatively small, useful, artistic and just challenging work that doesn’t take a lot of expensive wood.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Woodknack

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#12 posted 02-10-2018 06:58 PM

Pick a project, buy what you need to build it. But you can build a lot of things with just a saw, hand drill, a router, some chisels, and a hand plane.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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slolearner

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#13 posted 02-10-2018 07:38 PM

Looking into it I think I need a jointer right more than the planer, any hidden jems i should now about? are bench models ok? Do I need to drop a lot on one?

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Ripper70

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#14 posted 02-10-2018 07:53 PM

Good quality table saw blades for ripping and crosscutting. Maybe a dado stack, too.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Ripper70

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#15 posted 02-10-2018 07:55 PM


Looking into it I think I need a jointer right more than the planer, any hidden jems i should now about? are bench models ok? Do I need to drop a lot on one?

- slolearner


Buy as many good quality used tools as you can find. Craigslist is a valuable resource and there are plenty of knowledgable members here who can answer questions about used tools you find before you invest your time and money.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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