|Forum topic by TheSteve||posted 2096 days ago||1014 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
2096 days ago
So here’s the story. I’ve been woodworking for a little over 8 months now and enjoy it very much. I’ve been a professional painter mostly commercial on and off for the last 8 years and plan to keep on with it off and on as a reliable source of income. We also have a virtualy un-used yes (UN-USED) 30×40 2 story metal building with a concrete slab floor. That being said, there is downtime in the construction industry now and then. Sometimes alot more then people would like. This has had us ( my father, brother, and I ) looking for ways to spend the downtime making some money in something else with a possibility of it growing into its own profitable business. We all think that woodworking is the avenue we want to travel down. My father has been self employed for 27 years, and I’ve done my share of self employment myself. We know about hard work and doing without, feast and famine, and also the pride it brings you when you accomplish your goals through all the hard times. So I dont need to be warned about what the future holds in terms of that. I would however greatly appreciate your opinions on equiptment. Ive done more research in the last 8 months on woodworking techniques, opinions, reviews, tips and tricks, etc etc then I have on anything in my life, but I cant seem to get enough. It will get more use then your average small basement workshop but less then a production style shop, and ive tried to pick the best tools I can find to fit into that category in my price range. In most cases ive gone with the buy your 2nd tool first theory because it makes a good deal of sense to me. I.E. cabinet saw vs contractor/hybrid, 17” bandsaw with resaw fence vs 14” then add riser blocks etc.
We plan on cranking out anything from simple country style tater bins, pie safes, etc to high end furniture. Wherever the journey takes us. None of us will have to rely on it for a paycheck, and the vast majority of all the money will go directly back into the business including labor for as long as it takes.
Grizzly seems to be the best quality for your dollar to me. The tools look very solid with good power and high reviews. A good bit of the heavy machines will more then likely be comming from them. ( wonder if they will discount me any or save shipping? :P ) I’ll give my opinions on the tools listed below. This is the current list I have going. I’ll post the hand tools sometime in the next few days when I get it closer to completion.
Table Saw $1,089.00 Grizzly
Planer $447.00 (amazon.com)
Jointer $839.00 Grizzly
Band Saw $929.00 Grizzly
Drill Press $200.00
Jet Sharpening $300.00
Miter Saw $200.00
Dust Collector $400.00
Lathe $489.00 Grizzly
Dont be shy ;) I appreciate all opinions, its a long post and at the very least thanks for reading it =)
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