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Forum topic by sgilcrease posted 03-17-2014 12:31 AM 965 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-17-2014 12:31 AM

have a shop being built. 24×30. have been reading the forums and wanted some feedback on my choices. A little back ground on me. New to woodworking but have the financial means to finally start. Have got a $5K budget but that includes 1 K for wiring of the shop. and $500 for an epoxy floor. I am fortunate to have several double EE guys that will assist with the wiring of the shop behind the meter.

I have purchased a Hitachi c12fdh table saw $220, rockwell 7033 drill press, $180, misc tools/clamps $100, and craftsman router and table ($100),

Grizzly 715p ($1000) is current choice to table saws but still looking for a compressor and tools to accompany with the addition of a steel city 40200h planer ($600). Note that I have not built any workbenches, no router bits, peg boards, etc.

do I have any holes in my plans? Any suggestions? Priorities?

-- sgilcrease

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 02:03 AM

The answer to this question depends 100% on what you plan to make. If you are making furniture, you will need a jointer.

If you are going to do turnings you will need a lathe. etc

You might go handtool centric, or power tool centric, you might want to build boxes, or you might want to build tables. You may want apply finishes via air gun or you may prefer wipe on finishes etc. The answers to these questions and many others will determine what tools are best and which ones are not needed.

you will want 220 volt power being put in to at least a couple of different sockets. You will also probably want outlets put in the ceiling or the floor to make your life easier.

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 02:12 AM

If you have 220 going into your shop (which you should with it being a new shop and all) by all means, go for a full size cabinet saw. The grizzly G1023 is an amazing value for a cabinet saw.

For the planer, you can get the steel city 40300H with carbide inserts from highland woodworking for $500+shipping.

Other than that, definitely get a jointer. 8” if you can swing it, 6” if not.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#3 posted 03-17-2014 03:25 PM

Jointer (minimum 8”), planer (min 12”), band saw (min 14”), table saw, and dust collector are the big stationary machinery purchases for most any shop. They are certainly the most important for making furniture. Buy quality tools (otherwise you will just end up buying the tool again, likely after several years of frustration). Considering that you only have $3500 left after taking care of power and finishing the floor, you will be pretty tight up against the budget with those 5 tool purchases.

You are also going to want a number of hand tools … planes, chisels, saws, rasps, sharpening stones.

The cost of entry to this past time is not small, but you can take it in chunks … identify what you need for your first few projects, and purchase that equipment first. (But, plan for that future band saw in the shop.) There are tons of work arounds for not having the right tool for a job, so you can get by with a lot less at the cost of efficiency.

Your first project should be to build a work bench.

Your second project should be to build a tool cabinet.

-- Jesse Felling -

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 03:38 PM

All good advice above. I would suggest you get a table saw, jointer, and planer and then see what your projects will need next. I also think you should consider dust collection….a good system will be outside of your budget at the moment, but be sure to out it in for a future purchase. You didn’t mention a power hand tool list, but at some point you will want an ROS, probably another router (plunge/fixed base kit) and a corded as well as cordless drill.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Mark Shymanski

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#5 posted 03-24-2014 12:55 AM

The previous owner epoxy coated the floor of my shop. I’ve never liked it, it seems slippery and is slowly peeling up from the moisture in the concrete. I’d put the epoxy money toward tools or wood. Just my 2¢

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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