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I am trying to get tools together so I can start making some stuff

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 04:19 PM

love the site,finally got a shop built and starting to look at some of the bigger stuff that i will need,shop will primarilly be used to do woodworking projects. im at the point that I need better tools just to finish the inside of it out,cabinets and shelving.I cant afford to go out and buy all the big stuff in one whack so I think for now Im going to buy a decent table saw and go from there,maybe a good router as well. anyone want to weigh in on this feel free to do so. Thanks in advance for any and all advice’

-- Gralin ,sherwood, arkansas

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 05:15 PM

@gralin, I think not having a big budget to start with will help you out in the long run. This will force you to consider what your really need when and to what level. Also I found out from others that the shop is a continually evolving tool in itself. If you check out Stumpy Nubs, Wood Whisperer, etc. you’ll see how their shops evolve over time. I had purchased a Craftsman Contractor’s saw and over the years have upgraded it (cabinet, new fence, dust collection, sliding table). I could have replaced it with a $$$$$ Cabinet Saw but I didn’t see the value in such as I’m not a production shop and while it is the center of my shop work, it doesn’t get daily use.

My current shop projects are building my own router table and an upgrade to the dust collection system

I started on doing such after I started seeing the type of woodworking I’m doing. Previously I read ”Setting Up Shop: The Practical Guide to Designing and Building Your Dream Shop”, Sandor Nagyszalanczy It was a good overview, however, It didn’t get the point across strong enough that a shop is individual to the person or organization. That said it was still a good read and help me eventually understand what I needed to have a shop that works for me.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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