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Beginningwoodworker

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05-04-2009 04:02 PM

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I have all the basics like, table saw, planer, jointer, drill press, DC. portable power tools, circular saw, jigsaw, sander, router, and drill. hand tools, i have squares, tape measure, chisels, hand planes, scrapers, hammer, craving tools, and misc tools. Is there thing else I can use? I will be getting a biscuit jointer, belt sander, and maybe a ROS Sander. I really dont have room for a bandsaw or a lathe even those tools will expand my woodworking. Note I work in a 10×12 shop 120 sq ft.


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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 04:04 PM

remember, you can always start storing more vertically when you run out of space horizontally.

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 04:11 PM

The fact of the matter is that you can NEVER have enough tools. You may have more than you can use or store, but that in no way means that you have enough.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 04:18 PM

...ditto on Russel’s comment!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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lew

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 04:18 PM

CJ,

I would personally get the Random Orbital Sander before the belt sander. Also, you may want to consider some sharpening equipment, if you don’t already have some.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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lew

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 04:19 PM

CJ,

I would personally get the Random Orbital Sander before the belt sander. Also, you may want to consider some sharpening equipment, if you don’t already have some.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 05-04-2009 04:31 PM

Lew I have some sharpening equipemt. I am going to be getting the Veritas® Basic Grinding Set and maybe a couple more sharpening stones.

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#7 posted 05-04-2009 04:54 PM

Biscuit jointer is very handy. Glad to see that on your list. I use my sliding miter saw all the time, but I think that is personal preference and convenience. Table saw will suffice for those cuts.. You may want to consider a bandsaw at some point. I would put that on your wish list.

As Hokie mentioned, start thinking vertically in your shop. For example, I mounted my benchtop planer shoulder-high on my wall so that I could get my sliding miter under it. Works great. I don’t have to bend over to feed wood into my planer. I have an outfeed table at the same height so everything is out of the way. Tim

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#8 posted 05-04-2009 04:55 PM

My rule of thumb has been to see what I can do with what I have and then go from there if I need a tool. A lot of times it’s just a want, but sometimes it’s truly a need. For example, I need some router bits, but I’m not sure of going with a big cheap generic kit or buying bits one or two at a time with a lot better quality. Ultimately though, I could forgo the bits and do it by hand, but it would be a lot of work. Sometimes the best tool in the shop is right between your ears. :-)

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO - http://myoldgarage.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 05-04-2009 05:05 PM

I’d say start making what ever you plan on making what newcomers need is practice practice practice.
I teach a begging woodworking class and you have more than the basics I agree that if you have to buy a sander buy the random orbital sander first and another item is a work bench or table . I’m a tool nut but you can get to the point were you hardly have enough room to build any thing it you have to much equipment in the way.

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#10 posted 05-04-2009 05:15 PM

Best way to figure out if anything is missing is to start building something.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#11 posted 05-04-2009 05:16 PM

Sounds like you’re ready to go to me. You have twice as many as I do and I do just fine. As I am just setting up shop, I buy new tools “as needed” for the project I’m working on. That being said, there’s always room for one more tool!!

-- Larry , Colorado www.coloradorecordcrates.com

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#12 posted 05-04-2009 05:17 PM

A Kreg-jig is a must!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#13 posted 05-04-2009 05:22 PM

Add another router if you have only one!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#14 posted 05-04-2009 05:25 PM

I’m with Bradley on this one – it’s mostly about wanting a tool more than needing it – theres more then one way to skin a cat. I’ll usually do what I can with what I’ve got till I’m at a point where I can see how a certain tool/accessory would help me tremendously in a specific task – then I’ll do some research on that, and see if it’ll be worth it to get it. and the rest is easy.

there are many tools out there, but unless I need one for my work, why waste the money and space to store it?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 05-04-2009 05:34 PM

I only have one router, looking at adding a second router for table use.

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