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Forum topic by jdewb posted 09-24-2013 08:20 PM 1476 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2013 08:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: 557 biscuit jointer band saw advice new woodshop question

Hello all!

Really excited to be apart of this community, and start wood working.
I was hoping that I may be able to steal some experience from people, and ask for some buying advice on tools. At this moment these are the tools I have:
DW Handdrill
DW Circ Saw
DW Jigsaw
DW Random Orbital Sander
CM Router w/ Fixed and Plunge Base
CM Router Tabel
CM 6” Jointer
CM 12” Miter Saw
Rigid TS with Beise Fence System
Delta Scroll Saw
(This is actually still in the box, I’m not really sure what to use a scroll saw for. It was a gift.)

I just recently purchased my Rigid table saw, and I was saving for a more expensive Grizzly. Now I have about $350 to buy more things that I hadn’t planned on. I am looking for advice on what my next tool investment should be.

I have been thinking about a bench-top drill press. This one specifically
Drill Press Link

I have also heard a biscuit joiner is a valuable investment.
Biscuit Joiner Link

And some real clamps. Right now all I have are those crappy Irwin quick clamps.

The other option is just saving that money, and putting it towards a band saw later down the road.
Probably this “Grizzly 14””:

My Dad has a thickness planar that he doesn’t use (new in the box) that he said he would give me.

I probably will start out with plywood furniture, but hope to move into solid wood furniture building. Building things out of rough sawn lumber really interests me, but not sure when I will get into that.

Any advice anyone could give will be greatly appreciated, thanks so much everyone!


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#1 posted 09-24-2013 08:27 PM

You’ll use the drill press more than the biscuit joiner….at least at first.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 08:32 PM

That is a vote for the drill press! Any thoughts on that one in particular? It seems to have good reviews.
I am also 100% open to suggestions, so are there other things I should be considering?

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 08:35 PM

<< What should I spend my money on? >>

Horses built for speed. Women built for comfort. Fine wine, Fine Whisky, Fine Food.

but mainly spend it on getting the roof over your head paid for and be rent free.

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 08:39 PM

You are putting the hart before the course…..

Build a project, if you need a tool, buy it.

you may find that all your thoughts don’t add up where you think.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 08:41 PM

First things first. Firm up your Dad’s offer on that planer. “You know that planer you said I could have, you know on the 22nd of May at 2:00 p.m. ...”
A thickness planer is invaluable.

DP would be great.
A jigsaw can be your bandsaw for a while.
A biscuit joiner is a super handy tool. I use a biscuit jointer and pocket hole jig, at least somewhere, on every project.

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

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 08:53 PM

Second Dallas’s advise about doing some projects… But if you are still looking to shop

I have the Rigid Floor standing DP. Might be worth considering over a bench top model. Also look at quill travel distance if you are considering a drill press. You might be disappointed if it is too short.

You also might consider building a work bench.

Some quality hand tools would be another set of items to consider.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 08:56 PM

Clamps will always be useful, if you get good ones, they’ll last forever. A belt sander might be something to think about too.

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 08:59 PM

Based on your info above, you need to spend your money on:


(I can’t recommended you simply buy a finished workbench because that’s (a) too easy, and (b) TOO BORING for all of us to find out later. Therefore I say: Choose your workbench size, style, bench top material, then vise choices, wood choice(s), then research and re-think everything again everyday for 1-3 months while your wood dries then re-design your workbench as needed, then buy the hardware, then build your workbench.)

3. As for more HAND TOOLS, I can’t even begin to hint at what hand plane and chisel choices you should be considering – there are maybe 2,396,718 threads covering those tools alone here on – every month.

Whatever you do, also don’t start a “What table saw should I get?” thread because there are at least 76,015 threads of those too here on – every week.

As well, feel free to ignore my sarcasm or other absurdities as they are usually intended for mild comic relief only.

Otherwise, congratulations on becoming a new Lumberjock!

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Bill White

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 09:06 PM

Take a good look at the Grizz 0555 anniversary (black) band saw. Heck of a saw at a great price of $445.00 (+SHIPPING). I have the 0555LX. Same saw, different color. One of the best bangs for the buck in band saw design.
I have no connection, just a happy Grizz owner.
Get good blades, and ya have a super value.


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#10 posted 09-24-2013 09:41 PM

That Skill drill press I would not recommend to anybody…

2 years ago I bought their drill press, band saw, and disk belt sander…

I figured I use them for a couple of months then give it all to my nephews… the drill press was the only one that worked sort of, its underpowered , one day I wanted to drill 3/8” holes in 1 1/2” oak, after 4 holes I was ready to kill myself , I used a new Dewalt pilot point bits…

I already had the big ass 15” 16speed $600 150lb. benchtop Jet drill press,, so I used that and it was great, I would recommend The Grizzly version…

I would of returned the band saw but before I found out the case flexed I had already spent 4 hours with a file making the table mount square, still have all the parts because I’m going to make a new cover out of steel…

The sander I returned without even opening the box…

Having said that they all will work… BUT don’t except much out of any of them.

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 09:47 PM

Yeah, you should avoid that drill press. Keep an eye on Craigslist and you can snag something decent for relatively cheap.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 09:54 PM

I 100% agree with Dallas and Wayne’s suggestion. That way you will not buy something you will never use.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 09:58 PM

Drill press is too fast on its low speed for drilling big holes in wood; you need ~200 RPM.
Quill stroke is less than 3” , more like 2 3/8”, and that will frustrate you.
There is less than 8” daylight between the chuck and the table; put a vise in there and a work piece and you will discover there is no room left for a drill bit.
That price, $117, is almost enough to get a 42” tall, 12” swing, 3/4 hp, 16 speed real bench top drill press at HF. They sell one like this little Skil DP for around $60. Bottom line, if you can find a floor model you are better off.

Of course, many of us warned you about what a POS that Ridgid TS might be and you bought it any way so I have no reason to think you won’t go ahead and buy this Skil DP as well.

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 10:00 PM

buy what you need. if you have to ask this question – you do not need to buy anything at the moment.

put the money aside for that moment where you’ll actually need a tool/material for a project – than you won’t have to save up for it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 09-24-2013 10:05 PM

A pocket hole jig KREG


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