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OSU55

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 07:55 PM

I will join in with the “buy it when you ENVISION needing it” crowd (hard to find a good deal if you wait until you need it). I find a benchtop drill press invaluable. Floorstanding model would be better but not necessary, especially now that I have a lathe that can handle long pieces.

I have a 10 inch craftsman bandsaw. The biggest benefit is the circle jig I made for it. If you will do things with thin materials it can resaw very well up to about 4 1/2 inches. If you want to saw better curves it is far superior to a jigsaw, but is not absolutely necessary.

A tablesaw crosscut sled is invaluable, as well as a miter sled if you need repeated angles. Much better than miter gauges.

I focus on the best tool value, not the best tool. Many of the best tools are poor values. That is value to you. A professional cabinetmaker certainly needs a high dollar cabinet saw, whereas the weekend hobbyist does not. If one has a huge supply of rough lumber to resaw, A 17 inch bandsaw makes a good value. Otherwise that capacity gets wasted, etc.


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