|Forum topic by David Craig||posted 403 days ago||654 views||0 times favorited||20 replies|
403 days ago
I see a great deal of posts from new woodworkers as they agonize about their new tools purchases (haven’t we all been there?). There is the concern for resaw height on the bandsaw, the type of jointer and planer to get, the size of the tables, etc. Many of the very silled woodworkers here will give advice on these things but one thing I seldom hear is the relationship each tool has with each other.
I have a delta lathe with a 14 inch swing, a 13 inch planer, and I use hand planes for flattening instead of a jointer. I am not limited by width for flattening because hand planes can allow me to joint without a width limitation (no matter how painstaking the process might be). But I am limited to width when it comes to the planer and lathe. When I purchased my bandsaw, I didn’t look for massive resaw height because, in truth, I didn’t need much more than 12 inches. If I were cutting wood for my lathe, the largest diameter I could go with is 14 inches To cut to that thickness, I would have to have a very straight log. I would want to plane to final thickness any board I reduced using the BS so widths greater than 13 inches would be a waste of time because of the restrictions of my planer (unless I wanted to try my hand at perfection with the hand plane…shudder…shudder).
So my question is this. How many woodworkers out there consider the limitations of the tools they have on hand before adding to the collection? I am not looking for any justifications for buying the biggest, baddest addition to the collection. In my book, the only justifications one needs for purchase is the budget and the want. But I do have to admit I find myself curious when I see someone that has a 6 inch jointer, a 12 inch planer, contemplating the purchase of a bandsaw with a 17 inch resaw height.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.