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09-13-2012 08:31 AM

Here’s the deal. I’ve got $900 to spend on anything. I’ve been racking my brain what to do with it. First here’s where I’m at:

I already have:

Table saw (ts3650)
12” Sliding compound miter saw
Circular saw
Fixed base router
Various drills
Piss poor clamp collection
Kreg Jig
RO sander
Clear Vue mini cyclone

Ideas that I’ve thought of:

I’d love to start the move to festool
Hold out for menards made in USA sale and buy a ton of Jorgesen parallel clamps
Upgrade mitre gauge for table saw
Possible jointer and planer (used Craigslist?)

What would you do? Open to other ideas not listed as well.

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 09:04 AM

Jointer/Planer to keep the tablesaw company would be my priority, and if there’s any change, some new clamps, but it depends on the type of work you do.

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 10:19 AM

A high rise intake, Holly 4bbl dbl pumper carb and a tank of gas for my REO. And 1 clamp. To many hobbies! ! A planer for sure.

-- What started as a hobbie is now a full time JOB!

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#3 posted 09-13-2012 10:46 AM

If you use dimensioned lumber, a planer and jointer is a game changer (in your favor). Used is fine if the right deal comes along, but you could get a decent new planer and jointer if you’re careful. Buy the big stuff with that chunk…smaller stuff is easier to acquire with lunch and birthday money.

A variable speed router for a router table adds another dimension too.

Parallel clamps are great…start with a couple, and add more when you can as needed….Jet, Stanley, Woodcraft…all good. The HF Pittsburg bar clamps are a good value to pad your collection without breaking the bank.

How’s your saw blade inventory?

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#4 posted 09-13-2012 10:59 AM

The best thing you could do with that money is send it to me and then your worries are over. No more having to think about even having that money.

All jokes aside planner for sure. I like to be able to plane my lumber to the thickness I desire.

Good luck on making that decision

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 12:23 PM

Jointer first and planer second—if you don’t get it straight and all twists out first, all the planer will do is produce a thinner board with the same curves and twists. JMHO.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 12:34 PM

If, as you say, you’ve been “racking my brain what to do with it”, I’d suggest that you wait, and spend it when a project requires something. I have a whole bunch of clamps (well, about 5, and they were cheap), that I find are just a bit small for a lot of the things I work on – if I’d waited until I needed clamps for a project, I’d have got the slightly bigger version. Not a fun answer – sorry.

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#7 posted 09-13-2012 12:35 PM

+1 on the jointer and planer.

With those two tools you go from working with dimensional lumber to rough cut boards which you can then prep to your specific needs.

I see you have a fixed base router… hmmm, variation on a theme:

portable planer, router table and a 14” bandsaw.

Planer allows you to take rough lumber to thickness, the router table can edge joint your workpieces (among many other tasks) & the bandsaw will allow you to re-saw for thinner stock.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#8 posted 09-13-2012 12:54 PM

If I had your tools and $900 and considering my projects I would get a 6” jointer, a bandsaw, and stationary belt sander. I’d scour CraigsList and garage sales and hopefully have some change left over for accessories like clamps. But thats me. Your mileage may vary depending on what you want to build.

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#9 posted 09-13-2012 01:03 PM

Yes you need a jointer and a planer.

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#10 posted 09-13-2012 01:37 PM

I would get an 8” jointer now and get a planer with your next windfall. If you try to get planer and joiner with $900 you will end up upgrading later and it will cost more.

-- PaulMayer,

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#11 posted 09-13-2012 02:05 PM

Haven’t you thought of a band saw? Of course, with a good quality band saw blade and a mobile base. And add a riser kit if you like.

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 02:11 PM

I’ll chime in with jointer and planer first. I’ll also say to check craigslist – I’ve seen some relatively new used tools for decent prices in my area that I probably would have bought if my dad didn’t already have them.

Also, you can NEVER have enough clamps. I’m a big fan of the Bessey/Jet parallel clamps. Hard (in my experience at least) to find them used, however.

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#13 posted 09-13-2012 02:18 PM

What kind of woodworking projects do you do? What ones do you want to do that you don’t feel have been possible with your current tools?

Once those questions are answered, then it will lead to the answer for how to best invest the money. (Yeah, I don’t spend money on woodworking, I invest it. Sounds better when justifying a purchase to the wife.)

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 09-13-2012 02:44 PM

Buy a vintage jack, jointer and smoother set of planes and a sharpening setup, then save the remaining $650 for a project that needs a specific tool.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 09-13-2012 03:29 PM

Planer, planer, planer!

-- jay,

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