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packetsmacker

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11-11-2014 04:46 PM

So I have the following tools.

table saw
miter saw
router
1 hand plane
belt sander
a few drills and the accessories you would expect
drill press

Looking at buying one of the following
planer
sanding station(might build one)
router table (might build it as well but I needed another router)
jointer

What do you all recommend as my next purchase? If there is a better use of my money for a tool not on my lest let me know. My shop is small right now but it will be about the size of a 1 car garage in a few months.


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ADHDan

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#1 posted 11-11-2014 04:49 PM

I’d vote for a planer. You can edge joint with a table saw jig, and in a pinch you can face joint with a planer sled or a router carriage jig. You should have a router table, but that’s something you can build – and if you get an extra base instead of another router, you can just drop the motor in or out of the table as necessary.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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Gshepherd

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 05:00 PM

ROS sander
planer
jointer

With the planer and getting your own rough lumber you would save enough to get a good jointer in no tme if your making a few projects imop.. A Good ROS will help a lot on sanding, which gives you more time to hunt down some of te other tools…. LOL

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Case101

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 05:03 PM



ROS sander
planer
jointer

With the planer and getting your own rough lumber you would save enough to get a good jointer in no tme if your making a few projects imop.. A Good ROS will help a lot on sanding, which gives you more time to hunt down some of te other tools…. LOL

- Gshepherd

What ROS do you recommend?
I’ve been eyeing the Makita 1/2 sheet, rates very favorably against the Festool
Or are you talking about a round ROS?

-- John, New Jersey

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 05:19 PM

How ‘bout a bandsaw? VERY useful in most any shop.

As to the sander, I’d do the round ROS. Just recently got a Milwaukee and I found out that I REALLY LIKE the variable speed (which I never had in an ROS before)
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-5-in-Random-Orbit-Sander-6021-21/100609940

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Gshepherd

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#5 posted 11-11-2014 05:41 PM

Yes, the round one, I have the Festool one and love it 3/16 stroke and does a super job. Pricey though…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 11-11-2014 05:42 PM

I donna know.

Maybe start building things and that will help you figure it out.

If you’re going the hand tool route maybe make a Roubo workbench, or
a great bench to make and assemble your projects using power and hand tools.

A joiner and planer spring to mind as you’ll want square material from the get go.

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Fred Hargis

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#7 posted 11-11-2014 05:49 PM

Buy the tools as you do projects that need them. That said, all the advice above is good and a planer as well as an ROS (yes, the round one….probably Bosch) will see a lot of use pretty much no matter what you do.

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packetsmacker

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 06:24 PM

wow great suggestions.

I forgot to add ROS to my list of tools I own. Its an old craftsman problem only got a few more uses in it to be honest. It might as well be on the list of tools to buy.

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bondogaposis

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#9 posted 11-11-2014 06:29 PM

I would say, planer then drill press. It depends on what you intend to build.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Rob

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#10 posted 11-11-2014 06:42 PM

Of the tools you listed, the planer seems like the best next purchase, but also consider adding a bandsaw at some point as JoeinGa suggested.

If you want the most objective answer, learn the alternate ways to perform various operations with the tools you already have, then start tallying the number of times you’re working in your shop and wishing you had a certain tool. First tool to be needed 5 times (or 10, or whatever) wins!

On the topic of a ROS, I have the Bosch ROS20VS sander and now consider it to be just a finishing sander. I think it’s the tiny 1.2mm stroke that makes it so slow. Also the pad is slightly concave, which apparently helps with dust extraction but also prevents the middle of the sandpaper from doing its job very well. I recently bought a Festool ETS 150/3 during the reconditioned sale and it’s a LOT better. Even the reconditioned price was pretty high, but the Festool sander is so much faster and has less vibration (though the Bosch doesn’t have terrible vibration).

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Richard

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#11 posted 11-11-2014 06:45 PM

Like some have said it kind of depends on what your going to buil , but a Jointer and Planner can help out a lot and would be my next choice if I just had the room for them.

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Richard

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#12 posted 11-11-2014 06:48 PM

I recently bought a Festool ETS 150/3 and it s a LOT better.

- Rob


No way I can Afford the Festool stuff so I am stuck wih my Rigid ROS but wish I had got the Dewalt.

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Rob

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#13 posted 11-11-2014 07:11 PM


No way I can Afford the Festool stuff so I am stuck wih my Rigid ROS but wish I had got the Dewalt.

- Richard

Trust me, it wasn’t easy for me to justify the purchase before I bought the sander, but I keep having to tell myself that my “free” time is worth something, too. If your Ridgid is really that bad, sell it on CL and watch for a sale on a better one over the next few weeks.

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Sawdust4Blood

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#14 posted 11-11-2014 07:30 PM

No tool in my shop paid for itself faster than the planer. For me the priority of woodworking machines is table saw #1 and planer #2.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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Gshepherd

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#15 posted 11-11-2014 07:35 PM



No tool in my shop paid for itself faster than the planer. For me the priority of woodworking machines is table saw #1 and planer #2.

- Sawdust4Blood

What you meant to say was——- #1 WIFE #2 Saw #3 Jointer….. the rest is downhill after that…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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