|Forum topic by Minorhero||posted 06-02-2011 02:55 AM||1281 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
06-02-2011 02:55 AM
I am trying to figure out what my next tool purchase should be. I enjoy buying old tools and restoring them, so I always have a new restore in the offing. The trouble is, I’ve been doing this for a while so I have a pretty decent array of tools. I don’t want to buy a tool just so I can do the restore. I want to buy a tool so I could use it as part of my woodworking hobby. So I am looking for suggestions on what my next tool should be.
So far my woodworking has been limited to small things like boxes, cuttingboards, picture frames and a few small items of furniture like little tables etc. I would like to get into bigger pieces as well. I tend to work with a lot of 5/4 to 8/4 oak.
My shop currently has the following tools:
There are three tools I am considering but I am not sure of their usefulness. The first is buying a bigger bandsaw to aid in resawing. So far I haven’t had any trouble with my 14” bandsaw so that one is rather low on the priority. Another option would be to buy a mortiser. Not sure of the utility of this either since I currently either use my drill press or my router and finish it up with my chisels. And lastly I am considering a disc sander / belt sander combo. Not sure how often I would use this either. What do folk use a disc sander for anyway? I mean obviously it is for sanding but what kind of sanding operation is it best used for? Am I better off with a disc sander, a belt sander, or a combo machine?
A lot of folk would buy a drum sander or wide belt sander at this point but that means buying a newer machine since the older ones tend be truly massive. I am trying to buy old machines because I like the style and they just tend to cost less. Any advice on the utility of these machines or for that matter the utility of a machine I don’t have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.