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Posted on New into wood working, need help starting

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#1 posted 09-11-2016 01:33 AM


If you are convinced your tool budget should go to purchasing a mitre saw, planer, and nail gun then you can get a new 10” Kobalt sliding compound mitre for about $200 new, although there is no reason that until your budget grows you cannot use the table saw for cross cuts and postpone the mitre saw purchase. The rest of your budget can go to the planer with any left over money going to the nail gun.

I am not sure why you listed a nail gun in your list of tools. In my mind a nail gun, nice to have for sure, would be way down on the list of woodworking tools, behind the mitre saw, bandsaw, jointer, drill press, 3 hp router for a router table, and dust collector. If the need for the nail gun is for installing wood flooring, renting a nail gun is always an option.

In my mind, the planer and jointer are required for milling stock. A powerful router in a router table is great for creating profiles and doing sone joinery. The bandsaw excels at re-sawing and in cutting curves. The mitre saw is convenient when cross cutting or making mitre cuts. The dust collector makes the tools work better and helps protect your health. The nail gun entered my workshop about 30 years after I began my pursuit of wood working. While it gets some use from time to time, nail gun use is quite limited.

But in the end, how you spend your tool budget is up to you driven presumably by your most pressing needs.

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