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Blog entry by Edwardnorton posted 02-15-2015 09:34 AM 2238 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that our kids are grown I retired. Sold all of our 35 rental homes, sold and moved out of original home to move into a much smaller one. Our original home was 7,000 sq. ft. and the new one is a mere 2,500 with a 2 car garage but I do have a 10 acre lawn to build on.

Only thing I’ve missed from our old home is the 55×70 shop I had so I’ve decided to have another built. My new one will be 70×70.

The tools I have are an old Hitachi table saw, Hitachi 12 inch bandsaw, Dewalt mitersaw and a no name drill press.

I will be replacing them will all new wood working tools and since I never had time before to do a lot of wood working, I will have now.

Thought I’d turn to the “Pros” that do it all the time for suggestions on the brand / model of tools you all think would be nice to purchase.

I’ve set a budget of $20,000 which sounds like a lot but it really isn’t is it? I mean I looked at one bandsaw Jet 18’’ 3HP Bandsaw & it is $1,939.99 by itself.

Come on guys / gals, help me out will you?!


-- EdwardNorton

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#1 posted 02-15-2015 11:10 AM

Nice story. Hope to see more the coming time. I can,t give you an advise for woodworking machines because the different between europe and the USA types and regulations.


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#2 posted 02-15-2015 01:08 PM

Sounds like it will be a great woodworking shop. My brother did the same thing when he retired and he did something that saved him a lot of money on his tools. He made a list of all the tools that he wanted from table saws to handsaws, He took this list and also emailed the lists to companies such as Delta and grizzly along with others and told him that he wanted to buy all the tools from one supplier and asked if they would be interested in giving him a bid. Well… he got the calls, they invited him to the factories and showed him why they should buy from them. In the end, he chose Grizzly, they delivered them free to his shop and set them up…after my brother wrote them a check for $14,500. I have attached a picture of his shop. Still in progress…. again good luck to you!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 01:18 PM

new tools sound nice my opinion is to go somewhere like ebay craigslist and go with high end old school tools my favorites delta oliver and searsandrobuck/ craftsman even older is all right but I enjoy that kind of thing have a good day and good luck

-- Punk in PA

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 08:50 PM

Most any time someone is building a new shop and asks for advice, one of the first things that’s usually offered up is “Build it bigger”....

But 70’ X 70’ ?? Damn, Son! That’s gonna be a GYMNASIUM for woodworking! I hope you take LOTS of pix and share them, so some of us can live vicariously through you!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 02-15-2015 10:47 PM

There are tons of reviews on LJ covering most woodworking tools. I suggest you check those out after you get a feel of what’s on the market.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-17-2015 05:19 PM

I just retired and upgrade a lot of my tools. I chose Grizzly because of the price and good(mostly) reviews. I am happy with the quality and performance. I thought a 30’ x 40’ building was big enough, but it is not!! Good luck. See my shop photos here on Lumberjocks. Maybe look at others.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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