|Forum topic by padawan||posted 669 days ago||1007 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
669 days ago
Let me start off by saying what a fantastic wealth of information is available on this site. I feel I’ve learned more from perusing this site for a week than a yearly subsription to FWW! Ok so a little background I recently got out of the Navy as a nuclear electrician after 10 yrs of service. For several years now I have been interested in woodworking, this all started when I put in some flooring in my house and did some finish work for my parents kitchen (crown moulding, chair railing, baseboard, wainscoting). I know this is more aligned to carpentry but this is what got me into the magazines and envisioning a shop of my own someday. Now that I have a normal schedule and am finally grounded I’m hoping to put all these hours of reading and watching videos to good use and start aquiring some tools of my own. Like many of you I’m more frustrated with a poorly crafted piece of equipment over no piece of equipment so when I do buy I want it to be a quality piece of machinery that will give me many years of use. For the next few years my time will be mostly spent finishing my masters and fixing up my 100 yr old colonial (where the hell am I going to find anytime for woodworking). So most of my projects will be geared towards things like wainscoting (board and batten), built ins and adding coffered ceilings in various rooms. Tools that I think are required are:
Router Table: I want the Incra precision jig with the incra magna lock insert and PR-V2 sidewinder lift and a Milwaukee 5625-20 router motor. I would love to make my own base but seeing as I have never made a cabinet of anykind this is a little far fetched.
Table Saw: Honestly I’m not sure on this one. When it comes time to pull the trigger I think I could convince the wife to let me go as high as $2500 but is this really necessary. Plenty of people love their Grizzly saws which are considerably less than the highly touted powermatic, jet, delta tablesaws.
Eventually I would like to add a drill press, planer/jointer, bandsaw, dedicated sanding station, sharpening station to the mix but for the immediate tasks I would be using them for I feel this is my best choice. For space I have a 1100 sqft basement with rather low celingings (6 ft ins some places due to pipiing but averaging 7.5ft) so I should have all the space I need for my tools.
Kind of important to mention my neighbor’s recently passed husband dabbled in woodworking and owns a 10”contractor table saw, scroll saw router table and various carvers and chisels. All of his machines are low end (ryobi) but they could get me by on most of these projects. Any suggestions would be appreciated, I do intend on getting hand tools as well but for my upcoming projects I don’t see the benefit of adding these not to mention the fact it seems you are severely handicapped in the hand tool area if you don’t have a solid bench to use them with.