Thought I would get some input from you all.
As you may or may not know, my shop is a little different from most. It is not in my home or for my personal use – it is part of our open workspace where people can come and build “stuff”. We do a LOT with science/tech but that doesn’t mean more traditional ways of “making things” are left out.. I dearly love woodworking and we have a dedicated spot getting set up for it.
Now, something that should be clear: Nobody (And I mean NOBODY! So I apologise to any LJ’s who will eventually visit my shop, but that means you too) gets to use any of the tools until they have been certified in knowing how to use them on a safe level. So there is no worry of “Gosh, I don’t think you should get a jointer because some fool who has never heard of what it does is going to put their hand through it”.
But, this IS a shop that will be used by many people. This means I need to lean towards universal tools rather than hyper-specific tools. A general example on that is…. I have a chop saw already, and it is a rather beefy Dewalt 14” one. It probably doesn’t have the crazy accuracy of some other saws, but it’s super sturdy, very easy to swap the blade, portable if necessary, etc.
So this is what we have already—
Aforementioned chop saw.
A good, solid, generic table saw.
A small army of sanders – belt, ROS, benchtop
A large army of drill presses
A 13” planer
A decent collection of hand saws (pull, hack, drywall, what-have-you)
Three or four handplanes, though I admit I’m not sure what kind they are.
A large collection of nail guns and all of the required air components (compressor, fittings, etc)
And the CNC stuff – lathe, mill, sheet router.
We had a bandsaw but it died a (literally) fiery death (through no fault of a user, we actually had a high voltage mishap)... so I’m working on getting one or two bandsaws (was thinking one vertical and one horizontal, for the metal guys)
I would like to get a router table set up and a jointer of some kind. They both seem like logical next steps. Also, I would like to get one or two wood lathes (small and large, perhaps)
What else do you think should be there?
The purpose of this shop is two-fold. 1) People who have a passing interest in something and want to try it out before they commit the money and space in their home to these tools and equipment. 2) People who have a strong interest in the field but can’t, for whatever reason, have the tools and equipment at home. A small off-shoot is 3) People who are building a larger-scope project that need a small aspect of this field in order to complete their project.
A good example for 3) would be, a group of people working on building a high voltage/electronics/audio/etc demonstration and they need to make a pretty housing for it, so they’d come to the woodshop and learn how to make a basic cabinet or box.
I’ve had other people use 2) when they just need to use a planer for a little bit because they don’t have one at home… which is fine.
In other news, we’re well under way with getting the heat on in the building (it needed all new heaters, I don’t know if I mentioned that…) so pretty soon it will actually be warm enough to DO STUFF! I am excited.