|Forum topic by Blurrytree||posted 01-16-2014 03:03 PM||1298 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
01-16-2014 03:03 PM
I have about $400 to spend and here is what I am thinking.
1. Nothing, just work with what I have.
2. I want to build a router wing into my table saw, I have a cheap 1/4 shank, ryobi router and table and can make due with that as needed. However, my shop is tiny! so a router wing in the saw would be a major convenience. Also, my current router set up leaves something to be desired. (there entire package cost me $50 new though). So should I buy a nice plate, new higher HP router, nice fence etc? I plan to use it mostly for joinery (tenons, box joints). I have a mule accusquare fence and for $60 the router addition would be nice to me. However, I can just make my TS fence into a router one with some small modifications.
3. Dado Blade: Keep the router and table as is, (perhaps DIY the router fence a bit to make it far more usable), use the dado blade for most of the joinery.
4. Nice blade such as a Forrest: I like to keep on one blade and know there are benefits to both. I have a Freud Diablo combination blade (and a jointer and planer). Since I have the money now do I splurgle (keeping this typo cause it sounds funny) on a “luxury” item? I can actually return the freud blade since it is unused and that would give me a little towards the forrest as well.
5. Dust collection: I have a 5hp shop vac hooked up to a cyclone lid on a trash can with 2.5” ducting and a very small almost jobsite quality overhead air filter. I am slightly hesitant if it is adequate once I fire up the table saw (which I have never had). I am in a small room in my basement, it is framed, has a door and I have it lined with plastic sheets (looks kinda like dexters kill room). It is fairly well sealed but my kids playroom is outside in the open space. I also have a nice respirator for me.
6. Bandsaw fence: I like my bandsaw alright, nothing amazing, it is old, 14” and fairly strong. I have it tuned well and have thought about adding a fence. However, aside from resawing the use of it may be a tad redundant (as almost every option here is based on my approach and personal preference).
7. Clamps: My clamp selection is a little light and they aren’t of the best quality.
I am set up with sharpening, have as many hand tools as I “need”. I have safety devices like grrippers, have some wood on hand to keep me busy for a while. I could benefit from a few more mobile bases. I have about a 10×8 workshop but I store all my power tools outside the workshop. It is still tight though.
Overall I am in pretty good shape but would like to refine an area to make this more enjoyable. This is my Christmas money so it is “fun money”.