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109 days ago

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I am looking into expanding my tools currently I have a 12” portable planer, 50” table saw, router table, drill press, and a dust collector. I am moving into a brand new shop that is 22’x22’. I am stuck one which tool I should get next. Should I get a jointer, 6” or 8”, or should I get a 14” band saw.

Currently I like to build cabinets and book cases for the house but have also started making some nice cutting boards too. So what do you think I should get first?

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#1 posted 109 days ago

For what you’re doing, a jointer.

A 6” machine really is adequate for a lot of work. If you’re getting
wider boards and buying rough stock though an 8” jointer
is useful, though a lot more money.


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#2 posted 109 days ago

What do you feel would be more useful for you. This is the answer.
If you are not sure between the BS and the Jointer, maybe you do not need them either :)

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#3 posted 109 days ago

By looking at your projects, I’d say you could use a jointer, I picked up the Laguna 6” and could not be happier,
Them carbide heads will last me a life time!

-- Andre of Alberta. Finger Prints show your hands were on the wood.

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#4 posted 109 days ago

By far, 8” jointer since you have the space. My shop is half the size of yours so I’d only fit a 6”. Get a spiral cutterhead parallelogram model if you can afford it.

Regarding a bandsaw, make that your next major tool purchase after the jointer. You can get by curve cuts for the time being with a jigsaw.

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

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#5 posted 109 days ago

+1 for a jointer.

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#6 posted 108 days ago

8” jointer. You would be surprised how many 6-1/2” boards you come across. My old 6” jointer was just a little too small for most boards. I upgraded to an 8”, and have been quite happy since.

Bandsaws are great, especially if you want to get into resawing. A jigsaw can suffice for cutting curves until you get a bandsaw.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 108 days ago

Just for safety using the table saw, a jointer is a good move. Gives one flat face and one straight edge.
Probably not talked about enough, a board that rocks on the saw table is dangerous.

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#8 posted 108 days ago

if u wont use them LOTS I would get a smaller bandsaw and a 6” jointer

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#9 posted 108 days ago

+1 for the jointer. A 6” is a good place to start. I would watch CL for an 8” and if you find a 6” for a steal, then you can use it till you can find bigger. If you get a steal on a 6” then you have wiggle room to sell it for a profit when you go bigger. I wouldn’t worry about spiral cutters for now, save the money. They are nice, but straight knives are fine for 95% of what you will do. I use a 6” for about 12 years, and just a month ago I finally found a steal on an
8”. Remember with CL it takes time and you have to have money in hand and be ready to pounce.
Happy hunting

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#10 posted 108 days ago

+10 Jointer

The jointer complements the lunchbox planer, basically eliminating any remaining challenges for getting flat and square boards. The BS does NOT complement the TS nearly nearly as much nor in similar fashion as does the Jointer/Planer combination. Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 108 days ago

Look at your next project, what would be more useful? Go with that.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 108 days ago

I have a similar sized shop with similar woodworking goals.

I use my jointer all the time and couldn’t get by without it.

I infrequently use my Bandsaw, and often could make do other ways.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 108 days ago

+1 for the 6” jointer.
You have a planer and with a decent sled and some shims you can flatten any board up the the capacity of your planer. And once you get the hang of it, it’s more efficient than using a jointer.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 108 days ago

I would get a bandsaw.

From your tools, it seems you have all stuff that cuts straight and flat.

You can do edge jointing at your router table, or using your planer, or even with a handplane.

You would add more to your capability with a tool that cuts curves, and also can resaw lumber. Perhaps you will get into bandsaw boxes.

I think the bandsaw would ADD the most to the shop.

If you go Jointer, get a used 8 inch or the Grizzly 8 inch.
I have a 6 inch delta, it works well is sharp, but I covet a larger surface… which I get using the planer and a sled.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#15 posted 108 days ago

Thanks for all the advice. I have been trying to watch craigslist for some time. I can not find one that I think I like. I think that I am going to purchase a Laguna Tools 8” Wedgebed Jointer with ShearTec II. What does everyone think about that.

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