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Forum topic by RoccoPeterbilt posted 12-18-2008 09:11 PM 1432 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-18-2008 09:11 PM

I work at as a highschool woodshop teacher and I just found out we can apply for a grant that should come in the $2,000 to $4000 range. I was thinkinga new Helical Cutterhead for my planer (about $3000), a new Lathe (Powermatic 3520B Lathe to be exact; about $3500) or possibly a Festool Chop Saw (The new $1300 one). Last year I got a brand new Sawstop , as well as a new Router Table. I have a 4×4 CNC Router, a 4’ CNC Lathe, an old 18” Oliver Planer and 8” Oliver Jointer (bought by the school new in ‘52. Got a band saw, couple spindle sanders and a couple of belt/disc combo sanders as well as a bunch of your typical hand tools, cordless drills, palm sanders, etc.

I know it sounds like I am bragging but it is onof those situations where if I don’t spend the money I won’t get as much in the years to come.

Votes for any of the above, or new suggestions QUICKLY would be helpful. Include prices and links to suggestions.

-- Junk is junk, at any cost.

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#1 posted 12-18-2008 09:49 PM

There was a couple of posts yesterday about a jet mortise machine for 499 with a 150.00 rebate.At a company called CPO. Check it out.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-18-2008 10:10 PM

I would go with the Helical cutterhead. That could lead to a class on figured wood and cutting geometry.

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#3 posted 12-18-2008 10:29 PM

Jig making hardware; mited slots, miter bars hold downs, clamps, plastic (H something or other), knobs, threaded stock and everything you can think of for everry jig and sled. The hardware is normaly rather expensive and building and using jigs and sleds is a big part of working the wood. Also, shapening machines and stones.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 12-18-2008 10:32 PM

Maybe a wide belt surface sander ?

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#5 posted 12-18-2008 10:43 PM

A hollow chisel mortiser would be a great asset for a school shop any where from 500 – 1200 dollars(canada). I have always thought a wide belt oscilating edge sander would be good too I use my buddies all the time (40 or so inches wide, great for sanding edges and small flat pieces as well as curves etc, Around 800 Canadian.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#6 posted 12-18-2008 11:03 PM

Thanks for all the input. I ended up making a 3 part wishlist: the Lathe, the Cutter Head or about $2500 worth of Festool equipment. Maybe noone else will submit, we’ll get the leftover money and I’ll get all three :D Doesn’t hurt to hope a litle I suppose.

-- Junk is junk, at any cost.

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#7 posted 12-19-2008 03:45 AM

All that nice Oliver equipment and you want to put some of that Festool stuff near it? Blasphemy!! Have fun with the buying

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#8 posted 12-19-2008 04:45 AM

I would have put in for the cutter head and the Jet mortiser as a package. The mortiser helps speed up the projects so more can be accomplished.. Shoot for the most you can get!!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#9 posted 01-27-2009 05:42 PM

Well, I got the Lathe and the Festool Kit :D It pays to ask for more sometimes I guess. Haven’t received the orders yet, but I look forward to checking out the Festool chop saw and I’ve heard great things about the lathe. Thanks for the tips from everyone, the cutter-head will be ordered this summer when I send the planer out for a full ovehaul. marcb I take it you are not a fan of Festool. I’ve heard and read great things about their products, but thought it was pretty salty until I found a special offering schools 50% off.

-- Junk is junk, at any cost.

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#10 posted 01-31-2009 05:02 AM

Congratulations, you just managed to figure out how to spend $3K for neat “toys” that neither you nor your students really needed. No wonder our schools are in financial trouble and states etc. can’t balance their budgets. Sorry about being critical as I am sure you mean well and the system is screwed up and you are just trying to work within it. I just get annoyed every time I hear a public employee say they have to spend XXXX bucks or they will lose it?? In reality if they don’t spend it the taxpayers gain it. Sorry for the negative comments.

-- Ed, northern Calif.

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