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514 days ago

Slowly gathrring some basic tools – made a crosscut sled for a table saw before I realized it was an 8 1/4 in blade…next purchase is a table saw to replace a 30 year old Craftsman hand me down from my Dad.

I need a compressor too – so far Ive read the Rolair jc10 is a good option for a small shop.

Really enjoy the skill level evident in the various projects posted – very motivating!!

Lastly, one of my employees rents a home from a lumber jock (mostly retired) – 2.5 acres of reclaimed wood fence posts doors windows railroad ties etc. my first project was a work bench – the top is an old solid door that weighs about 75 pounds haha…

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#1 posted 514 days ago

Knowing your budget and shop situation would be helpful.
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#2 posted 513 days ago

Shop is a small corner in a 2-car garage – basically tear down after I’m done using anything. I’d like to keep the purchase at 500- or less for the saw cause I also need a compressor and other smaller tools. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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#3 posted 513 days ago

DrewT . ..Knotscott provided some good info in the link in his post…check it out. I’m not advocating Ridgid, but their R4512 table saws fits your $500 budget and has a built in mobile base

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 513 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks

Shops are a personal setup. It has to be comfortable to you and nobody else. Don’t expect to have top of the line stuff early and don’t expect to ever quit buying tools. :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 513 days ago

And after buying a few clamps,do not think you have enough.

-- Ken from Ontario

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#6 posted 513 days ago

I agree with Monte that shops are a personal set-up…I have the rigid 4512 and it still serves me well,but will be upgading in the future…I would try and buy quality first if you can do it…Oh and I realized if your in a confined/or closed space a dust collector and some sort of air filtration should be on top of your list…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Rick M.

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#7 posted 513 days ago

Used Delta contractors are in your budget and they were excellent quality saws, you may never need to upgrade. There are other good brands too, I just mention Delta because I’ve had one for 15 years with never a problem and I’ve know a few others who still own one and never had a problem. Just make sure it comes with a Unifence or Biesemeyer and you’re set.

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#8 posted 513 days ago

Don’t forget a block plane and a jack plane.

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#9 posted 513 days ago

Don’t neglect the hand tools and portable power tools. You can do a whole lot with just these. Build you a workable work bench as soon as possible.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 512 days ago

@Helluvawreck – the work bench is built but needs some things like a vise. I’ll post the ugly thing soon haha!

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#11 posted 512 days ago

My humble suggestion is to make a list of what you needed on the last few projects, then work slowly towards getting those items. It is not a race, you have the rest of your life to make things. That being said try finding used equipment on the first go around. With the economy as it is excellent tools for great prices are available all over the place, Craigslist, pawn shops, wood shows etc etc. I got a Delta contracting USED saw 15 years ago, still works good and I doubt I would buy another one, like ever. (laughing) If your space is limited (actually all of us have this problem) then factor that into your buying decisions. I have alot of tools and finding places to put them and be able to effectively use them is always a challenge. But then that is what makes this such a rewarding hobby, at least for me. Now go make some sawdust….... (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 512 days ago

You might also consider buying a good band saw instead of a TS. If you take the time to set up a band saw properly you can do any cut that the TS does and then more. I have been steadily moving from my TS to my BS with rough cuts, it is safer, easier and for oversize cuts that will be jointed or planed later a lot faster.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#13 posted 512 days ago

If you take the time to set up a band saw properly you can do any cut that the TS does and then more.

I’d like to see you cut a dado with your bandsaw. :) Sorry, just being a smart ass.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#14 posted 512 days ago

Economically making the saw you have work well, is an option too. New and shiney is good, but those older saws can be rehabed and can make some very good saws.

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#15 posted 512 days ago

1+ on the idea to buy tools you need for projects.
Obviously you can’t go wrong with TS, bandsaw, drill press, and router.
Then again, I had a hollow chisel mortiser before I bought a drill press. I guess it just depends on the scope of projects you want to tackle.
Eventually you will want a jointer and planer too. Even when I am working with S4S lumber, I always joint an edge before ripping parts to size. A planer becomes essential so you are not limited to 3/4” dimensions.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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