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Posted on Trying to build my first Garage woodshop

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#1 posted 05-25-2017 11:07 PM

Well, I will jump in.

I am just a hobbyist and build small boxes.

IMHO, I would hold off on the drill press and the scroll saw. You can go a very long time without either of them.

Buy your table saw, jointer and planer as your first tools (if you have $ left, then get the band saw). I have gone a very long way with only those three big tools (+ the Harbor Freight DC)

Get a 6 or 8 inch planer. While the width may not be as critical, the length of the planer beds is. If you think about a basic 9×5 box with continuous grain on the sides, you will need to take they out of a 36” board (at least). That board will be much easier to join on a jointer with a longer infeed and out feed bed than the small 4” table top unit.

Buy a decent router.

Get the mobile bases and put everything you can on wheels.

For a work bench, I would suggest building using the process the wood whisper used for the out feed table:

It is out of plywood you can get at the BORG and I have built two that are rock solid (at least for small projects).

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