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#1 posted 03-16-2016 12:18 PM

Need was how I ended up with the jigsaw because I had a sewing table to build for my wife which meant cutting a hole in the table top which meant the jig saw. That table is teaching me the need for lumber that is properly square and true which has me thinking about jointing and planing.

So maybe the better question is when you think about all the tools that inhabit your workshop that I don t own what are the most valuable and why do you find them valuable to your work? I think part of my challenge is trying to figure out how tools that I ve never owned or worked with personally fit into the picture.
- JetDriver

Here is my explanation, which may help you. A planer unless continuing to borrow is good enough. Getting panel/top glue ups wider than a planer flat – that led me to handplanes. Handplanes solved my edge jointing needs. Face jointing is done with a planer sled. I use a handplane on a shooting board to get perfectly square ends. Handplanes replaced sandpaper, except for a quick pass with 320 to help stain/dye penetration. Dado blade for tenons. bandsaw does tenons as well. Drill press for mortices, chisels to clean them up, as well as other clean up. Drill press for perpendicular holes and large forstner bits, sanding drums. Table mounted and hand held routers for raised panels for doors and cabinet sides, edge forming, rabbets, dados, dovetails, many things. Handsaw and chisels for handcut dovetails. A cheap HF lathe to play with and make some tool handles led to an interest in bowls, vases, platters, etc. – turning is a whole different world (I have some projects posted). There are many ways to do things in woodworking and you will end up with some overlap.

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