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Forum topic by henrycpa91 posted 07-22-2013 06:34 AM 1233 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-22-2013 06:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: workshop power tools budget hobby

Full disclosure guys..I am a 48 year old accountant that has not done any woodworking in over 30 years since I took advanced shop in my junior year of high school..

That said, I loved. Life has got in the way until now but I think I want to restart this hobby.

Guys, I am going to have about a $1000 budget to start my shop. Goals are pretty simple, build some simple projects for my 5yo daughters room, (some wall shelves, maybe some book shelves that I can girliefy….etc…)

Thinking I want a simple table saw, drill press??, Joiner/planer???? I have a Ryobi Cordless Drill, circular saw, Sander, and zaw saw as well as a corded craftsman circular saw (35 years old), simply jig saw, some simple clamps… Big restriction is I have about a 10’ by 15’ area in my basement with only one 110 plug…..

So, where would you invest as far as tools….

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#1 posted 07-22-2013 11:41 AM

I would start with a table saw, planer, random orbit sander, and some sort of dust collection (if you’re in the basement). Keep an eye out on craigslist if thats an option in your area. The above show up pretty regularly around here and you should be able to get some pretty stuff on the used market for under $1k. Even if you went with Grizzly and purchased new, you might be able to sneak in around the $1k mark.

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 12:31 PM

I’d do some wiring, or have it done first. I have seen a table saw joiner combo, which would save you some space. A router would be high on my list as well. Working a small space will likely have you moving things around from time to time, so you may want to keep that in mind. I’m with Marcus on the dust collection. There are some small ones that can moved around with ease. A shop vac might do.

-- Fredj

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 09:38 PM

With that kind of budget, in that small of a space, you might consider a ShopSmith. Look for a good used one on Craigslist or EBay, and spend the left over money on clamps.

(You can NEVER have enough clamps) :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 09:45 PM

+1 on more power first. run a small 30A subpanel, a TS is invariably teh center of most shops, so i’d start there on CL. c-man 113 series TSs can be diamonds in the rough at prices as low as $50-100. add a delta t2 or vega 40 ” fence and for > ~$300, there’s a first rate TS that’ll do whatever you need to get done. or look for a really cheap cabinet saw.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 09:58 PM

Hand tools should be considered! If you’re at all inclined, just say the word and folks will be responding like crazy. If not, no problem, the advise above is all very good.

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

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 10:00 PM

I’ll second the SS recommendation and say look for a Model 510 or 520 with the larger tables and floating tables.
This is a 5 in 1 Variable speed Machine that comes standard with Table saw, drill press, horizontal boring machines, 12” disc sander and 16” x 34” lathe.

Depending on location and condition, these can often be picked up with a 4” jointer and an 11” Bandsaw with 6” resaaw capacity.

Another alternative is to go with hand tools. I am in the process of switching to using hand tools where practical. (Of course I do wood working strictly as a hobby and as such I rarely have any deeadline issues.) The reduced dust and noise make the hobby that much more enjoyable for me.

-- - Terry

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#7 posted 07-22-2013 10:12 PM

+2 on the more power first. If that single outlet is 15A and anything else is on that circuit, you’ll have dimmed lights or a tripped breaker every time you start the saw. I second the C-man 113 series saw. For small home projects I think you can get away with the standard fence. Save the money now. When you get more advanced get the better fence or a better saw. Definitly a router (buy quality bits as needed). Dust collection is highly recommended for the basement shop! Clamps, clamps, clamps and more clamps!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 07-22-2013 10:15 PM

Don’t neglect craigslist – there are deals to be had for the patient man who knows what he is looking for. Of course you will have to wade though a lot of chaff to find the wheat.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 07-23-2013 12:54 AM

GOOD LUCK: just pick out something you want to make, and you’ll find out which tools you’ll have to buy, to complete the project. being an accountant; will give you leg up on budgeting for your tool allotment.
or just go into debt like most others. LOL

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#10 posted 07-23-2013 12:58 AM

Guys, I am finding Shopsmiith MarkV an CL for about $750….is that in the ball park?

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#11 posted 07-23-2013 01:19 AM

Guys, found this little saw at Sears. I know it is intro but your thoughts please?

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#12 posted 07-23-2013 01:37 AM

I had that basic saw for a few years. I built my corner hutch, adirondack chairs and a few other pieces of furniture with it. It’s not the best but it works. If you put the fence out on those extension wings, it will not be as secure. If you can afford the space, I would recommend a used contractor saw over that. There are a lot of good ones available from people upgrading.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 07-23-2013 01:40 AM

I think you will hate that Sears saw. Non standard miter slots with tabs sticking into the slot that won’t let you use a sled or any other normal accessories. A universal motor that is very loud, won’t let you use a dado blade and a useless gimmick laser. Nothing to like about it. Ryobi makes an equivalent saw for less than $150.!

Something like this Porter Cable sold at Lowes is about $299 and has standard miter slots, and can mount a dado. Much more bang for the buck.!

And, as already suggested, look on Craig’s list. A Bosch portable saw occasionally shows up there, and they are quite good.

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#14 posted 07-23-2013 01:48 AM

Go it guys. Like I said, the only woodworking I have done was over 30 years ago and in a Shop built in my school. I need to research some of the tools and options obviously. Thanks guys. I have some reading to do on tools etc…been a LONG time.

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#15 posted 07-23-2013 01:50 AM

Watch Craigslist, you will surprised and happy hat you did. Power first, then watch for a good used TS, a floor model DP and a good jointer can be had, check Harbor Freight also, you may be able to get a really good deal at sales and then % off coupons. Build an extension out the back of the table saw (also know as a out feed table) and it will double as a work table. Shop Smith have a good reputation (I have never used one)

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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