|Forum topic by Vollz||posted 01-02-2014 03:04 PM||693 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
01-02-2014 03:04 PM
I am in the process of purchasing the foundational tools to form my first hobbyist shop. I have the standard homeowner tools (portable table saw, miter saw, jigsaw, sawzall, circular saw).
Of course budget is the factor causing me to ask these questions. At the moment, space is probably also a factor.
I’m not trying to stir up the passionate debate that usually comes with this type of question, but I suppose that is inevitable… I’m simply trying to get a feel for what tool(s) could (within reason) do each of the tasks called out in the spreadsheet referenced below.
Here is a link http://sdrv.ms/1dUTNdN to a spreadsheet I pulled together in an attempt to map out tool capabilities and identify redundancy, the best multitaskers, and where there really is a master of one.
I think the scale should be obvious, but in case it isn’t: 1(green) = does the job well, 2(yellow) = does the job ok, 3(red) = does the job poorly.
Although I have some experience and am comfortable using the tools on this list, I would label myself a novice, so please do not read into the rankings I offer as a starting point :)
With that being said: What tasks / cuts am I not thinking of? What core / foundational tools have I left off the list?
Couple of questions straight away: Is the table saw really the only tool that can handle the “final width rip cut” to give you a board with two square / parallel edges?
Can a router do Dados, Rabbets, and Grooves as well as a table saw?
Is a table saw the best tool for cutting Tenons?
My ask – provide your input via this thread and/or by editing the spreadsheet. It is setup so anyone can edit it directly in your browser.