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Forum topic by Lucasd2002 posted 01-09-2015 04:20 AM 1268 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2015 04:20 AM

Because i want to start doing some larger and more ambitious projects, I need 3 large tools. OK, I want 3 large tools. Planer, jointer, and band saw

The order above is my default assumed priority (I’ve never used any of the 3, sadly). I plan to buy 1 tool in the next month or 2.

A friend recently gave me his old delta lunchbox planer. It was their $200 model about 10 years ago. TP-300, I think.

Because my shop time is very limited (usually only part of Saturday), I have not tried it yet (even to confirm that it runs). Because I think it’s more important than the others and because I’m afraid the delta will crap out immediately if I buy a jointer, I was considering buying a planer. Maybe a grizzly 15” model.

That sound logical?

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#1 posted 01-09-2015 04:31 AM

I think I would go after the jointer first. The planer will will give you a nice smooth board, but if you want it flat, you must first first take it to the jointer. Even though your hand-me-down planer may not be the best, the combination of jointer+planer will give you a better outcome than planer alone.


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#2 posted 01-10-2015 03:50 AM

I agree that it would be best to have jointer and a planer. However, if this delta craps out, I would be stuck only a jointer. On the other hand, if I have a good planer, I can make a jig to joint using the planer (or try to use some hand tools). Furthermore, it seems a jointer is well suited to a future potential 2nd hand craigslist purchase because (1) they’re simple with few moving parts and (2) vintage models appear similar (tech hasn’t changed much, 6-inch is relatively standard, etc).

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#3 posted 01-10-2015 04:15 AM

If you are very limited in space, have you considered a jointer/planer combo machine? I also am limited in space, about 1/2 of a garage bay. I went with a 12 inch jointer/planer and I have been very happy with it. I got a 14 inch band saw to go with it. All my machines are on mobile bases, so that I can move them around when I need them.

-- Earl

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#4 posted 01-10-2015 04:18 AM

What larger and ambitious projects will you be doing?

Given that you have a planer, I’d suggest jointer as well. Keep the planer running as long as possible until you need to replace it.

What do you want the bandsaw for?

What’s your budget?

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 01-10-2015 04:22 AM

Invest in some good hand tools, saws, planes and chisels! and of course a sharpening system. All your tools depend on what you want to build?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 01-10-2015 04:25 AM

Just do your research on what you want in terms of model, size, cut width, etc and hunt them down on CL. I got my 6-1/8” Jointer, 14” Bandsaw, and 12” Planer for under $500 total; technically under $400 if you took out the added Kreg Fence that came with the Bandsaw. With good lumber being difficult to come by in my area or too expensive to get it shipped, these have allowed me to put local big box stores’ lumber to good use.

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#7 posted 01-10-2015 04:29 AM

I agree with the above…get yourself a good jointer to go along with the planer. I bought mine in that order, and have realized that I rarely use my bandsaw at all. For most curve cuts on smaller pieces I use a cheapo scroll saw.

But, the planer and jointer have made a world of difference in speed and quality.

-- Steve

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#8 posted 01-10-2015 05:17 AM

I agree, a jointer would be my first purchase, good planer second and since you didn’t mention it, a table saw would be my third purchase! A band saw has many uses but it would be down the list of tools to buy if I had to do it all over again.

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#9 posted 01-10-2015 05:25 AM

First things, first. Plug that planer in and crank it up. Run a few boards through it. You do have a scrap pile, huh? :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 01-10-2015 09:05 AM

I have a similar Delta planner… works good. Definately use it before you convince yourself you need to replace it. I use my jointer probably twenty tmes more often than my planer. I invest in tools as the project I’m working on . requires or if a great deal comes my way. Home Depot is good at having huge discounts on discontinued tools. I bought my table saw and jointer at less than half price due to them being marked down.

I do agree withnothers that a decent table saw should be high on your list if you don’t have one.

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#11 posted 01-10-2015 12:22 PM

Well, I’ve built my shop over 30 years, and remember the days you face. You don’t specifically say your budget that would help determine what you have wiggle room on. There are many ways to skin a cat so they say. A planer is great and my makita 2012 is going on 25 years old and still doing the job. However remember a planer will not make flat stock, it only makes to sides parallel. Starting with flat square stock is the starting block for any project. Now you don’t have to have a power planer to do that. I used scrub plane and number 7 jointer plane to flatten many a board. Check out Rob cosman rough to ready CD and you will see it can be done with hand tools. However a nice jointer is cool and easier on the hands. I now use a griz 12” and its a great addition.

Now if you can bet your lumber from a supplier that will finish stock for a small fee then theres another option. Many a year ago before lowes put them out of business, I use to go to my local lumber store and buy hardwood and they would rough finish (f3s) the stock for a few extra cents (.30/bf back then). At the time I had a small 6” jointer, and still paid that becuase it was was cheaper than my time was worth.

I’d take a chance on the planer. You don’t say what you have for a TS? Thats another consideration/

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#12 posted 01-10-2015 12:31 PM

My first coming out tool was a planer, after doing most of my work for almost 15 years with a beat up bandsaw, and a radial arm and a lot of hand tools.

The planer was a Rigid 12” lunch box. I ran it for 12 years until I traded it for a spiralhead Grizzly. Soon after the lunchbox planer, I got a low end Ryobi B3000 table saw, semi-retired the radial arm and learned to do reasonable jointing on a tablesaw for a while, until I needed to up my game, then I bought the jointer.
The bandsaw was last, but turned out to be the only tool that I nowadays keep two of in the shop. Truth be told, the jointer was a real turning point in what I could do. Probably should have gotten it sooner.

So for me, planer, table saw, jointer, bandsaw(s)

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#13 posted 01-10-2015 12:37 PM

Since you already have a planer, I’d get a jointer to compliment it….those two tools are perfect in tandem.

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#14 posted 01-10-2015 03:42 PM

I have a 36” sawstop contractor saw (my most recent major tool acquisition). I also received a triton router for Xmas. I am building a version of the ultimate tool stand for my craftsman cms, which I hope to set up as a router table also.

For hand tools, I am unpacking my grandfather’s hand tools, including a Stanley no 5 which is the main one I’ve used so far.

I also have a vintage toolkraft drill press I picked up few months ago for $50.

I really need to start with shop furniture including workbench and wall cabinets.

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#15 posted 01-10-2015 07:10 PM

With the tools you’ve listed,,,

I’d go Jointer Bandsaw and then look at some Dust Collection. You’ve got these hardwood dealers in your area listed on Woodfinder, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware #29 Sandy Springs (Atlanta) GA (5 miles) Woodcraft – Atlanta, GA Alpharetta GA (11 miles) Eutree Mableton GA (16 miles) Lee Tree Woodworks Palmetto GA (31 miles) CAG Lumber/ Div. ATD Gainesville GA (39 miles) The Wood Yard Concord GA (53 miles)

Having a bandsaw jointer, & planer will let you resaw your own boards from 4/4, 6/4, 8/4 etc, and the dust collection becomes a nice feature when you’re really rippin up the sawdust, if the planer you’ve got now goes, then it goes, but if it’s working there’s always something to spend money on in this hobby

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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