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Forum topic by Brunswick posted 07-28-2014 04:39 AM 1963 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2014 04:39 AM

Hi Guys,

I’m new to lumberjocks and also new to woodworking. I bought a home last year and started to love taking on DIY projects. This resulted in wanting to learn more and starting part-time work at a woodshop 2 months ago.

I have some basic tools, but am looking to start investing more in my personal shop at home. My fiancee also just gave me permission to add tools to our wedding registry! She rocks! (and also wants nice furniture.)

Anyway, I have a large family that is into buying these kinds of things for showers/wedding gifts etc. This is a good opportunity to build up my arsenal and get started quickly. I have researched many of these items to death, but still need help.


How does my list look? Any suggestions?


-DEWALT DW716 15 Amp 12-Inch Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

-Makita 4329K 3.9 Amp Variable-Speed Top-Handle Jig Saw

-Bosch 1617EVSPK 12 Amp 2-1/4-Horsepow?er Plunge and Fixed Base Variable Speed Router Kit with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets

-DEWALT DW304PK 10 Amp Reciprocating Saw

-Shop-Vac 9633400 6.5-Peak HP Ultra Pro Series 1…

-Kreg K4MS Jig Master System

-PORTER-CABLE PCFP02003 3.5-Gallon 135 PSI Pancake compressor

-Crown 376 Cabinet Scraper Set, 3-Piece, 2-1/2-I…

-DMT D6EF 6-Inch Dia-Sharp Double-Sided Fine – Extra-Fine

-DMT D6CX 6-inch Dia-Sharp Double-Sided Coarse/Extra course

-iGaging Wheel Marking Gauge with 1/32nd & 1mm s…

-Set of 4 Stainless Steel Cabinetmakers Rules

-Woodstock D4089 Machinist Square Set, 4-Piece

-Stanley 16-401 Bailey Chisel Set, 5-Piece

-Neiko 01407A Stanless Steel 6-Inch Digital Caliper

-Crown 106 20-Oz Beechwood Mallet, 4-1/2-Inch

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 04:50 AM

I would not put anything on your registry until you pick the tool up and feel it in your hands.

On the other hand, registry gifts can be exchanged. Take every tool back that you get, feel and buy what’s appropriate.

A tool registry sounds to me like they are wanted but not needed gifts. Get married and buy one tool per job.


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#2 posted 07-28-2014 05:22 AM

6×2 diamond stones will work but can be a pain for plane irons.

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#3 posted 07-28-2014 08:36 AM

I would swap the DMT’s for 6×3” and I would also get a marking gauge, scrapers and a Shop vac.

These are things that you can use a 100% of the time, as for the compounder mitre saws, jigsaws, sawsalls etc, i would be careful in the beginning, you might not really need them. Personally I have used my mitre saw 3x over the last 2 years, My most used power tools are a hand held circular saw and a plunge router.

But of course, I operate in a quite small shop, if you have a large shop you might go for these, but I wouldn’t start out with them until you are confident you actually will use them enough. that’s why I Always go for squares, stones and marking equipment for the basic and always clamps!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#4 posted 07-28-2014 12:20 PM

Just my opinion, but I would not put all those tools on a wedding registry. I always thought the registry was for items that the couple would use to start their life off, like plates and towels and stuff like that. If I saw a registry like that, I’d think “Here’s a guy who’s using his wedding as an excuse to ask for a lot of tools.” and I’d be inclined not to purchase any of them. But, if your family wants to buy all your tools for you, have at it.

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#5 posted 07-28-2014 03:18 PM

I dunno if there’s anything wrong with putting this kind of stuff on a wedding registry, could depend more on the crowd. Sure, the spirit of the idea is to help people get started with the essentials, but say two people have already have the basics. Would you not get them a gift because of that? Probably depends on the crowd though.

As far as for what you have on your list though, one question I immediately have is what made you pick these items over anything else? I don’t see a table saw on the list (perhaps you already have one?), but to me, a table saw is far more essential than a miter saw ever would be. I also don’t really have any use for a jigsaw that’s not cordless. But then again, that’s mainly because I also have a bandsaw. I’m sure that someone else may read this and have the complete opposite opinion. That’s fine too, different folks different strokes.

The point that I’m getting at, is that you mention that you’re really new at woodworking. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, it’s just that knowing what you really want/need is very difficult to gauge at this point. Take it from someone who’s done it, stocking up on tools before you really know what you like, how you like to work, etc, can actually be pretty counter productive and at the end you ended up wasting a lot of money on tools you never use. On top of that, you didn’t really even mention what you want to build, what kind of woodworking you want to do, so soliciting opinions from others may be a little premature at this point. I could give you a list of dozens of tools that I could want* and they could end up being of no use to you.

Congrats on getting married btw, and welcome to LJ’s.

  • Every woodworker needs more clamps. Always. Can’t go wrong there. But then again, what kind of clamp can very much be a personal preference too.
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#6 posted 07-28-2014 04:33 PM

Yeah, I was thinking a cordless drill, a couple of hammers, a circular saw, some clamps, jig saw, lawn equipment, etc.

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#7 posted 07-28-2014 04:46 PM

I think it largely depends on what you want to do. Most of the stuff on your list seems more focused on construction than furniture making. There is nothing wrong with that if your focus is things like decks, sheds and built-in’s and there is some overlap with furniture making for sure but there are other tools like table saws, band saws, jointer/planners, etc that make furniture making a lot easier.

I guess my question would be what is your breakdown of general around the house projects vs furniture making?

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#8 posted 07-28-2014 06:46 PM

You are right in putting the miter saw at the top of the list. From fine furniture to cutting kindling, that is a useful tool.
I would switch the Bosch router for the Dewalt 618. I have them both, and the Dewalt is the one I reach for.

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#9 posted 07-28-2014 06:51 PM

First off, welcome and congratulations!

If there are a lot of gifts that are clearly for your bride-to-be, there’s probably not anything wrong with listing some tools, as long as it’s well understood that you don’t really need the typical kitchen and household stuff that people traditionally put on their registries. But if the ultimate goal for both of you is nice furniture, you might consider putting a little different spin on your registry. It’s going to be the furniture pieces, not the tools, that more directly symbolize your relationship.

When I was engaged, my bride-to-be and I each had all the essential household and kitchen items. We needed to get rid of stuff rather than get more of it, and we thought it would be wasteful to just throw everything away and get new dishes, pots & pans, etc., “just because” that’s what a lot of other people do. Instead we decided we wanted a tandem bike, which was around $600 at the local bike shop. We worked out an arrangement with the bike shop so people could stop in or call them up and say they wanted to buy us a certain part of the bike—the horn, the seat, brakes, etc. They then received a certificate saying what part they bought, and they were able to include that in their wedding card. Everyone had fun and was really excited about the piece of the bike they bought. A lot of others still opted to give other gifts, such as picture frames, photo albums, cash, or something more personal.

You can still certainly keep some typical registry stuff on your list, but also consider theming your registry around the furniture. Make a list of the pieces of furniture you and your wife want, and let people contribute toward those pieces of furniture. Tell a story about how you and your wife will work on the projects together (if that’s the case…and if not, maybe it should be!), or what each piece of furniture will contribute to your relationship—but keep it PG and let people figure out the obvious ones on their own ;). You can list smaller things like shelves and picture frames, and you can break down larger pieces of furniture. For instance, you can break a bed down into its parts list, or go by the identifiable components: headboard, corner posts, platform, footboard, canopy (if you’re into that), inlays (?). Try to cover a nice range of amounts—$5, $10, $20, $25, $50, and maybe additional $25 or $50 increments up to $200 or $300.

As far as the logistics, you could try setting up a Square store to “sell” each item. If you’re only going to build one step stool, that doesn’t mean you can only let one person “buy” it for you. Just treat it like a duplicate gift—keep one, and exchange the other one for something else.

Some people might prefer to give you something more immediately tangible, so feel free to include some supplies and tools that you’ll need in order to complete the projects. Or even suggest that people can give you Amazon or Rockler gift cards. If you have some big givers, then maybe a $100+ tool isn’t out of the question. Personally I always think it’s a bit ridiculous when people put $200+ items on their registries. But maybe I just don’t have as many affluent friends as other people.

If you don’t want the whole registry to be themed around your furniture, you could make it broader and include items for other upcoming projects. Painting a room? Include drop cloths and painting supplies—paintbrushes, rollers, painter’s tape, etc.

Of course, it goes without saying that you should try to have a few of your woodworking projects (maybe even some smaller ones from the registry) on display at your wedding reception.

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#10 posted 07-28-2014 07:03 PM

For stones, if you’re going to be doing plane irons I wouldn’t go any smaller that 3×8. If you have the room a sliding miter saw is more useful that one that isn’t sliding. Most folks like the Narex chisels over the Bailey’s and I believe they cost less, too.

This is a great starter kit if you don’t have any router bits.

If you don’t have a router table or table saw these are awesome IMO.

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#11 posted 07-28-2014 07:15 PM

As for putting tools on your registry, go for it. I don’t think anyone would find it unusual, if it’s something you know you’re going to get anyway. I put a lot of stuff (including a crib and toilet paper) on my registry even though we didn’t yet foresee a need for a crib, my thought was why not. A few people found the toilet paper rather amusing. I like to hold something in my hands and make sure it’s something I want before getting it. For your list, the only thing I’d stay away from the is the Porter Cable air compressor, it’s noisy, runs hot, unreliable and has too many wear parts. Oilless compressors have come a long way, but still can’t beat oil lubed compressors for longevity, though they are getting quieter. If you’re going to get an oilless compressor, make sure it has an induction motor, universal motors are better suited for hand held power tool applications.

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#12 posted 07-29-2014 02:07 PM

Thanks for the input all… very helpful, and I will be taking it all into consideration.

I have been living with my fiance for 5 years, so we have many of the home items that we need. She has been adding items as well though, and keeping those at the top of the list, to keep things a bit more traditional. My tools will be tucked away at the bottom.

The tools will be helping us get started together, as I plan on building a deck, shed, built-ins, and some minor interior framing in the basement. I do not have a table saw yet, but want to save up for a Saw Stop once my shed is built. I also want to make furniture for throughout the house, but eventually, I want to focus on making tables and desks.

I really should add clamps to the list, but I don’t know so much about them and their uses. I have a few f, c, and fast clamps, but keep hearing about sash, pipe, and parallel clamps. Any input on where I should start with those, or what I will definitely need?

Thanks again—this community is top notch.

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#13 posted 07-29-2014 08:31 PM

Brunswick you’re doing it ALL WRONG!!! You’re supposed to wait for the Love of Your Life to show you a picture of something she’d like you to build, and then you say “sure, but I’ll need to add some tools to the shop” ;-) ... but as you appear to perhaps have found the ideal LOYL, congrats. Tables and desks are panels and boxes for the most part, and parallel clamps are really the be all and end all of clamps when it comes to panels & boxes, but they’re also goofy expensive. I really like the bessey Duo clamps, they generate a lot of clamping force and blow the Irwin quick clamps out of the water, and can be used on the face across the front & back jaws to get nearly parallel clamp performance for much less $$, that said put two 50” parallels on your wish list and be very thankful to get them but the Duo clamps will make you very happy

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#14 posted 07-29-2014 10:20 PM

Get a ringcutter :)

No… just in case of an accident or something ;)

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#15 posted 07-30-2014 02:52 AM

Get a ringcutter :)

No… just in case of an accident or something ;)

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