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#1 posted 01-04-2017 05:14 AM

Look at the European shops. They do a great job with limited space. A jointer is nowhere near as useful as a tablesaw. My advice, given that you are starting off and have limited space, is a track saw and a band saw. Along with the track saw, use a swiss cheese design workbench like the Paulk or Festool MFT. The biggest problem with that design though is that what is good for power tools like a track saw, doesn’t work well with hand tools. Thus, make a sturdy workbench suitable for using hand tools and where stuff won’t fall through all those holes. Later on, when you have the space, get a good quality table saw. Also, once you use a few hand tools, you’ll get why they are more important than a planer or jointer.

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