|Forum topic by lumberjoe||posted 03-30-2012 08:33 PM||1544 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
03-30-2012 08:33 PM
Hi everyone. Apologies if this has been covered already, if so feel free to direct me to other threads. I have always loved woodworking and recently secured sufficient space to have a decent shop. I have a good collection of tools, most are mediocre at best. Now that I have been working in the shop 10 to 15 hours every week and made some pretty decent stuff, I convinced myself (and my wife) that it is time to invest in some decent tools.
Background – I like making furniture, mostly shaker style. It fits our home and tastes nicely. I am fortunate enough to have a very good mill with very reasonable prices 10 miles away, so I use a lot of oak and maple, and a Woodcraft store less than 3 miles away. I also enjoy the challenges of old school joinery. Even though they are easier, I tend to avoid pocket screws and biscuits in favor of various mortise and tenon, rabbet, dowels, etc. Here is what I think I need. Feel free to suggest others. I am not a millionaire, but I do well enough to afford some of the better tools on the homeowner spectrum.
Table saw – I really need a better one. I have a Ryobi now. It’s the 119.00 home depot one and probably the worst saw you can buy With that said, I actually like it and it can work it pretty well! The miter gauge is UESLESS, but the fence is surprisingly straight and accurate. I am looking for something a lot nicer and around 10 times that price. What would be a good saw in the sub 1500.00 range? I have seen some Jet and PM saws online that get good reviews. My biggest issue is I only have a 12’ Rip capacity. That leaves me using a circular saw a lot.
Jointer – this is my biggest need right now. I spend an obscene amount of time compensating at the router table and with table saw jigs to get moderately straight boards. I regularly work with boards > 3 feet, so a bench top is out of the question is assume. I have the space for a floor model as well.
Planer – I know I need one, I have no idea what is good or even what to look for.
Router – I have a craftsman one now (I know everyone hates them) that I actually really like. I do a lot of edge profiling, dadoes, and rabbets with it. The problem is it’s only “2”hp, single speed, and 1/4” collet. Should I even bother looking at anything other than the PC 7518? The new router will be in a table 90% of the time.
Router table, need some suggestions. My feeling is buy a lift and make a table. In addition, I have seen some people with router lifts in table saw extensions. That would be sweet.
Miter saw. Again, I love my craftsman, but am finding it’s not as precise as I need it to be. I feel this tool, like the table saw, is worth spending some money on. I’d love the festool, but realistically something in the 500$ range will have to do.
Circular saw. I have a 30 year old Skil my dad gave me. I hate it. Actually I hate them in general, but there are times where I need one.
Drill press. Could I get away with a benchtop model?
Drum/belt sander. Not the hand held variety. Do I really need one of those?
Blades. I have a forrest woodworker II (yes I have a 100$ blade in a 100$ saw), and an 80 tooth chopmaster in my miter saw (again equaling the price of the saw) as well as a few Freud diablo 10” blades of various tooth counts. Other than a dado stack, is there anything else I would need?
Thanks all for your help