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#1 posted 12-01-2012 10:18 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, knotscott. I’ve resisted getting a table saw thus far, but I’ve come close a couple times. I don’t have 220v, but have considered adding it.

a1Jim, if I had all the time in the world, honing my whittling skills would at least be a practical way to spend it in case I ever get stranded on a remote forest island! :)

If it helps, I can also list the tools that I actually do have, and if you want, you can work some or all of these into the budget by based on the amount I paid…I was just curious whether any of my existing tools would show up in anyone’s budget woodshop recommendations.

  • Bosch 18v Li-ion cordless drill $100
  • Dremel $80
  • Porter Cable 3hp oscillating multi-tool $70
  • Skil circular saw $40
  • 2.25hp router with fixed & plunge bases $160
  • Goggles, earplugs, respirators, etc. $30
  • 6hp Shop-Vac $100
  • 2hp (?) mini Shop-Vac $30
  • Pair of sawhorses $10
  • Kobalt 10-in. compound sliding miter saw $180
  • Skil orbital jigsaw $45
  • Skil benchtop drill press $100
  • Assorted router bits $100
  • Assorted drill bits $50

If I did the math right, that’s a

Sadly, that’s most of my power tools and shop accessories, but it’s a growing collection. Compared to all the money I’ve wasted on small electronics and computer junk in the past, I’d say this has been, and will continue to be, a much better investment. I just wish I had come to that realization back in college, when I was probably spending $500-$1000+ a year upgrading my computer.

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