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LSU_Woodworker

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323 days ago

Hi Guys,

Im new to the site and new to woodworking. I am looking to get into wood working as a hobby and starting a small shop in my garage. I plan on spending around $2500 to $3000 on getting started with tools and other accessories. I think i will be getting the grizzly polar bear table saw. Other than that i am looking for direction from people on this site with experience as to what would be the most essential and necessary tools and accessories to have to start wood working.

Thanks


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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 323 days ago

LSU_W-

Welcome to LJs!

I’d suggest a bit of searching within the site will lead to posts just like this one, and several have very spirited discussion. There are a few very, very knowledgable Jocks re: table saws. You’ve got a $ figure set and a space, that’s great. Good luck, enjoy the journey!

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Don W

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#2 posted 323 days ago

Welcome to LJ.

I agree with Smitty and will add before you decide what tools to buy you need to decide what kind of projects and what kind of woodworking. Would you be doing all power tools or are you more of a hand tool guy? Do you want new, or would you be interested in refurb’ing vintage to save money and get better quality?

There is plenty of help here no matter what your approach.

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coachmancuso

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#3 posted 323 days ago

Welcome I agree with smitty too

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 323 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s

Do you have a scope in mind to what you want to make or interested in making? This could have a bearing on what is needed up front, you already mentioned the most commonly used tool which is the table saw.

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mtenterprises

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#5 posted 323 days ago

Yes welcome. I’m going to take a different tack here I will give you advice on what you need to buy…. CLAMPS, they are your third forth fifth etc etc etc hands. All kinds of clamps. I was just reminiscing yesterday over a set of clamps that were one of my first tool purchases. They are a set of 90 deg. picture frame clamps that I use all the time when assembling boxes and casework. I was amazed that they were still in the original cardboard box with the instructions. Oh they get used often, the box is getting a bit worn and every now and then I have to scrape the glue off the clamps but CLAMPS are what you need don’t try to assemble without them. Buy them as needed and remember, Clamps, you can never have enough. And they are a great fall back gift if people don’t know what to get you.
MIKE

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KnickKnack

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#6 posted 323 days ago

A router (to start with, I’d recommend a cheapo one) and a small set of good bits to start with – amazing the things you can do with only a router (‘tis all I have).
Once you have a router, make a cheapo router table – amazing the things you can do with a router in a table.

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MrStyle

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#7 posted 323 days ago

It really depends on what you are going to build – and what are your goals.

Besides tools there are infrastructure considerations – electrical capacity, lumber storage and dust control and storage. I have taken the approach of getting the accessories ( clamps, power hand tools, drills, sanders and routers etc ) before purchasing any stationary tools.

Good luck.

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Shawn Masterson

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mtenterprises

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#9 posted 323 days ago

Ah yes the router! “THE” Tool of the last half of the twentieth century. Almost a do it all tool.
MIKE

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LSU_Woodworker

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#10 posted 323 days ago

Thanks for all of the advice so far guys. To answer a few of the questions that yall had i anticipate that i will start out with small projects such as jewelry boxes and and all of the other fun beginner projects that i have seen online and in you tube videos. As far of the tools i am mostly going to be a power tool guy. I am a Contractor in Florida and i am a part of a family business. We build high end custom homes and i even though we don’t self perform the work i always like to have access to a plethora of tools at my disposal because it seems i need a different one every day. With that being said having a planer and a nice router table in my garage would not only service my new hobby but can also help me out at work in a pinch. I am not really interested in buying refurbished, I like things to be new when i buy them because i know how hard people can be on their tools. I have access to all types of electrical and i plan on starting out small with dust collection such as a large shop vac. Thanks again for the help guys.

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GT350

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#11 posted 323 days ago

If I were starting over again my first power tools would be a table saw, jointer, planer, router with a 1/2” collette, dust collectors and a bandsaw in that order. I would also get a few hand planes, scrapers and as said above lots of clamps. When I first started I told my wife I was joining the clamp a month club, when she asked what that was I told her I was going to buy a clamp every month until I had enough to do most projects. We could afford that but not 10 or 20 clamps at once.
Mike

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 323 days ago

Welcome to Ljs
There are a lots of threads to search regarding you question ,but in general I would echo GT350’s list adding a band saw, compound chop saw and dust collection in the mix.You might want to look at other folks shops,you can find them buy going to any members home page and clicking on workshop close to the upper left corner.

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