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Forum topic by AndyVr posted 12-06-2018 02:26 AM 600 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AndyVr

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12-06-2018 02:26 AM

Hey guys. I been a silent lurker for many years and finally signed up.

I was gifted some gift cards through work for a project we finished early. I am struggling in what to buy with them since it is Amazon cards.

I have a Ridgid r4512, bench top planet, craftsman fix based 1.5hp vintage router and typical sanders and drills.

I am lacking a bandsaw, drill press, dado stack, or a plunge router, thickness planet.

I don’t think I want to go over $200 so I don’t have to pull money out of my pocket but what would you buy next?

I recently did shaker doors with a thin mitt blade for the tennons and the grove. Fun experience to say the least.

I want to build an easel for my kids and also some end tables that will. Need a mortise and tenon.

Curious what you would suggest.


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AHuxley

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#1 posted 12-06-2018 02:36 AM

I would suggest working mentally going through your next planned project and putting the tools you need to accomplish it at the top of the list.

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#2 posted 12-06-2018 02:50 AM

My first projects were pieces of furniture using hand dovetailed joints. Making those required chisels and I preferred japanese pullsaws.

I find hand planes invaluable—look for a No. 4 plane. Learn to sharpen chisels and planes using the “scary sharp” method.

If you don’t have dust collection, get a good 3m respirator to save your lungs.

A plunge router is how I cut mortises using a homemade jig. I cut tenons with a dado set and table saw.

Hopefully that gives you some ideas

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#3 posted 12-06-2018 03:08 AM

If that $200 will cover a thickness planet, I’d have to give it the nod. : )

All kidding aside, I’d keep watch for a reasonably priced planer. Two hundred should go a long way towards the cost of one. Good luck.

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AHuxley

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#4 posted 12-06-2018 03:53 AM



If that $200 will cover a thickness planet, I d have to give it the nod. : )

Well if he buys that planet it will give him 2 planets which is well on his way to owning his own solar system something Gates, Zuckerberg, Bezos and Buffet haven’t even managed… We would probably be in awe of the size of his shop as well, heck his bench has its own planet. :)

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#5 posted 12-06-2018 05:47 AM

you mentioned a dado stack I think for your $200 budget that’s a good choice. I really like this one.

https://www.infinitytools.com/dadonator-stacked-dado-blade-set-with-5-8-bore

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#6 posted 12-06-2018 09:14 AM

Personally before I bought a dado blade I would be looking at a nice router to put into a router table. Using fences you can use a router dado jig to hand cut any size Dado you may want, then when it comes to edging, and making all types of joinery a dado blade can only do so much.

Many of us started out with our first router table as not much more than a hole in a few pieces of glued up plywood, with a 2×4 as the fence, well after jointing and ripping it square and true.

Just because it’s the best path to getting stock 4 square I see a TS, Jointer, Planer, Router table, as the beginning tools to get, unless you are going to use hand tools to get there. After those 4 a Dado blade would be near the top for accessories, if not a bandsaw.

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#7 posted 12-06-2018 01:19 PM

Harbor Freight has super coupon for the Bauer 12.5” planer for 249.00.

Don’t know much about the quality, etc.


If that $200 will cover a thickness planet, I d have to give it the nod. : )

All kidding aside, I d keep watch for a reasonably priced planer. Two hundred should go a long way towards the cost of one. Good luck.

- BlasterStumps


If that $200 will cover a thickness planet, I d have to give it the nod. : )

All kidding aside, I d keep watch for a reasonably priced planer. Two hundred should go a long way towards the cost of one. Good luck.

- BlasterStumps


-- always something

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#8 posted 12-06-2018 01:32 PM

I would base it off of your next project. I will say the most versatile tools in a shop are probably router, drill press, tablesaw and bandsaw. With them you can build most projects and depending on needs bandsaw and tablesaw can overlap a lot.

If I were focused on just flatwork, I would not want to do a project without a tablesaw, drill press, router, and random orbit sander (I hate hand sanding). You get into anything with lots of curves or lathe work, the bandsaw quickly goes from “nice to have” to “how did I work without”. Build a router table, even a simple one, and you have a very flexible tool with the router. Eventually you will want multiple routers so one can stay in the table and one for hand work.

Miter Saw or Radial Arm Saw, Planer, Jointer, and Thickness Sander in that order are where I focus machines/upgrades after those core pieces for what I like to do.

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#9 posted 12-06-2018 01:41 PM

Guys he has Amazon gift cards to use, has to buy from Amazon. I suggest looking for “used” items from Amazon warehouse, which are typically either unused returns or items with damaged packaging. They rebox before shipping.
Just make sure to check it out as soon as it delivers and contact Amazon if anything is wrong. I’ve gotten several deals that way

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#10 posted 12-06-2018 02:01 PM



Hey guys. I been a silent lurker for many years and finally signed up.

I was gifted some gift cards through work for a project we finished early. I am struggling in what to buy with them since it is Amazon cards.

I have a Ridgid r4512, bench top planet, craftsman fix based 1.5hp vintage router and typical sanders and drills.

I am lacking a bandsaw, drill press, dado stack, or a plunge router, thickness planet.

I don’t think I want to go over $200 so I don’t have to pull money out of my pocket but what would you buy next?

I recently did shaker doors with a thin mitt blade for the tennons and the grove. Fun experience to say the least.

I want to build an easel for my kids and also some end tables that will. Need a mortise and tenon.

Curious what you would suggest.

- AndyVr

So do you have a thickness “planet” or not? I’m confused. If not, I’d probably focus my efforts on finding a warehouse deal on a decent one of those. Also, what is a “thin mitt” blade?

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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AndyVr

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#11 posted 12-06-2018 04:03 PM

Thanks for the replies. I do not have a thickness planner.

Need to think long and hard about this!

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mathguy1981

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#12 posted 12-06-2018 04:16 PM

I say drill press.
It sounds like your concerned about joinery. You can cut MOST of what you need on the table saw, and the router/drill press. Don’t worry about the plunge feature, it’s seldom used. However, a drill press would be much easier/safer for making mortises. You just have to clean them up with a chisel or your router with a guide, which no longer has to make the plunge cut bc you drilled out the meat of the cut already. And you can obviously drill straight holes in anything else.

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Ocelot

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#13 posted 12-06-2018 09:03 PM

Ah, that’s clear now! No planet. Only a planner.

I’ll just trow out an idea: Get you a Incra Miter 1000HD and a Narex chisels or rasps..

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#14 posted 12-06-2018 10:06 PM

.. I meant “a few chisels”, not “a chisels”.

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#15 posted 12-06-2018 10:27 PM

Drill press

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