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Forum topic by Iggles88 posted 01-01-2012 06:33 AM 1102 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2012 06:33 AM

Hey guys, I just got into woodworking about a month ago and have put together what I consider to be a pretty good arsenal of tools, there are tools that I still want to get but I’m at the end of my budget and need to be very wise with the rest of my woodworking money, since I’m new to woodworking I’m looking for some advice. The tools I do have are: Power Tools: Table saw, Jointer, Planer, Router, Track Saw, Random Orbital Sander, Jigsaw, Brad Nailer (compressor,) drill, impact driver. Hand Tools : Combo Square, Straightedge, level, sliding bevel gauge, clamps, screwdrivers, block plane, chisels, mallet, hammer, card scraper, framing square, try square, nailset…..I might have forgotten a few, what I was thinking next was either sharpening stones, drill press, better chisels (mine are pretty bad)
Dovetail saw, or router table. I’ll probably build my own router table but don’t think I’m ready yet. If anyone has other suggestions please chime in.

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 07:02 PM

First, Welcome to LJs. We’re a very diverse bunch of “wood modifiers”. I’ll give my opinion on your question and I’m by no means the best wood butcher on this site. Make some sawdust and shavings while building a project, then and only then will you know what you really need to add to your arsenal of tools. Start with a simple project.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 07:05 PM

I would add a belt sander and a decent scrolling saw, just off the top of my head.

-- ~~ Suffield, CT USA ~~

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 02:19 AM

This is a recent revelation for me but I’ve found a band saw to be a very versatile addition to my shop. You can’t go wrong with Slim’s advice.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 02:51 AM

A good band saw and drill Press may prove to be of value. I agree with Slim also though, start with some small projects and see what you run into. Also, check out garage sales, you can get some real bargains there. You can really stretch your budget at such sales.

Good luck in your pursuit and welcome.

-- Upstate New York -- Do what you love and never work a day in your life.

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 03:37 AM

hello and welcome .I started doing projects like slim sudgested and that is how i built up my arsenal of tools. Doing it that way you buy tools that work well for you and not tools that will eventually collect dust under your building projects for my wife has always allowed me to increase my tool budget.just a thought.

-- Bill Byron Center MI

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 03:41 AM

I echo Slim’s advice as well. I started with table saw, jig saw, belt sander, cordless drill, and doweling jig for my first few projects. Added tools as my skills and needs grew.

Every time my wife asked me to build something, I would reply, “I don’t have the right tool to build that.” Has worked very well through the years. Here lately she has started to ask, “Do you have everything you will need to build me a ?” I’m thinking the next project is going to require a… drum sander, or band saw, or maybe even a lathe ;^)

Welcome and enjoy.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 03:42 AM

Noticed you didn’t mention dust collector. In that light, you might want to also consider a shop air filter, typically mounted to the ceiling, if you’re going to be in the shop for extended periods. You can buy them for around $300, but a lot of people make their own.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 03:42 AM

impressive collection for a month of woodworking. My advice would be to start woodworking and see what tools you need based on the projects you are doing. Makes a lot more sense than just a blanket purchase; I found when I started ww I bought a lot of tools, and now after I’ve been at it for a little while I wish that I would have made different purchases than I did.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 03:43 AM

I agree. Build a project and see what you need. Then go get that tool. You have a good set up already. Trek says to get a scroll saw. If you don’t do that kind of work then it would be sitting in the corner with my scroll saw. Hardly use it. see what you need
Welcome to LJ

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 03:43 AM

I have soooo many tools that I thought I was going to need and use…now they just sit and collect dust and or rust. Sounds like you already have a great start on the tool side of things , so,decide what you want to build and go forward from there. Get some experience using what you have already : )
I started out with a small bench top drill press ($50 at the time) and later on , I found a great deal on a band saw through Craigslist. Shop around…plenty of good used equipment out there !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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