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Forum topic by birdman posted 11-26-2008 03:51 PM 1298 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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birdman

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11-26-2008 03:51 PM

I am a fairly new woodworker and am still trying to put together my shop. I mainly just want to make cabinets and small furniture pieces. So far I have a very good T/S, a good router and a 6” jointer/planner. I usually try to buy the best tools that I can afford so some things just have to wait. I know I will never have a full shop with 4 different types of sanders, etc. but Christmas is coming!

BTW – I am thankful for my wife and family, my church, my friends, my health ( such as it is at 63 ), my freedom that was paid for by others, and all God has provided.

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!


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#1 posted 11-26-2008 04:14 PM

A band saw and drill press come to mind. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 04:46 PM

I would second Kennedy’s choices, both are very usefull in my shop. Maybe Santa can bring you one for Christmas.

-- Wayne

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#3 posted 11-26-2008 04:47 PM

I use the oscilating spindle sander all the time.

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#4 posted 11-26-2008 05:14 PM

Miter saw and router table are my thoughts.

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#5 posted 11-26-2008 05:29 PM

12” bandsaw or a nice jigsaw. Or both : )

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#6 posted 11-26-2008 05:45 PM

Cool choices – I may have to flip a coin between the band saw and sander. I have a hand jig saw but it sometimes developes operator trouble (:> and not having to scrub with sandpaper really appeals to me. But I would like to be able to sand small pieces – is that possible on an oscilliating sander?

I never really thought about a drill press and probably won’t be doing any lathe work.

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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christopheralan

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#7 posted 11-26-2008 05:50 PM

Drill press is a nice thing to have. I use it a lot more than I thought I would when I first got it. And much as I want an ocsillating spindle sander, I just use my drill press with a sanding drum.

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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Peter Oxley

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#8 posted 11-26-2008 05:52 PM

Christopher is right on with the miter saw! How did I overlook that!?

A drill press can be outfitted with a small sanding spindle, giving you two tools in one. I sand some pretty small pieces on the spindle sander – it keeps my thumbnails short!

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#9 posted 11-26-2008 06:11 PM

Coming from a cabinet maker… if you get a miter saw. make sure you get a good one. I use my drill press for sanding small pieces and you can always get a cheap drill press. I also invested the money and got a PC orbital sander. Works great. If you are going to make your own doors, I suggest you check out www.pricecutter.com for router bits. maybe a router table? I recently fabbed one for my shop. don’t know how I ever lived without it.

-- I came, I saw, I pondered...

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birdman

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#10 posted 12-03-2008 08:59 PM

Thanks to the wood workers in this space I ended up with a 10” bandsaw and a belt/disc sander to go with my t/s and jointer/planer.

Now I have a new question – the bandsaw has a miter guage but I think it really needs a fence for rip type cuts. Any suggestions on making a fence? I have been just clamping boards but the table top is only about 12” sq.

-- DavidP - still count on my fingers and toes - not for math, just inventory!

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SP8

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#11 posted 12-03-2008 09:43 PM

You can find a lot of free plans for jigs ect. at WWW.FREEWOODWORKINGPLAN.COM such as http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/bandsawing/bandsaw-resawing-guide/
You can spend a lot of time at this site.
Good luck.

-- R K SP8 "The 10 Commandments are NOT multiple choices"

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#12 posted 12-03-2008 09:58 PM

Congrats on the bandsaw. You will be pleased with what it allows you to do.
I like all of the other ideas above, but being 60 myself, I purchased a drum sander this year and wonder how I ever lived without it before. It really cuts down on the manual sanding, helps me dimension my lumber more accurately, lets me make my own veneer, and has greatly reduced the knotted neck muscles I had before! I purchased the Jet drum sander, as it is open on the left side, making it capable of sanding twice it’s width. I don’t like the way the sandpaper goes on the drum, but other than that it has been a workhorse.

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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