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Posted on Trying to build my first Garage woodshop

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#1 posted 05-26-2017 03:58 PM

If you are making small projects you probably won’t work with thick or wide stock very often. So don’t worry about a 220V table saw or anything else. A 1.5hp model will do you fine.

For a jointer, the grizzly 6” bench top served me very well for years in projects up to the size of a small coffee table. I think it was less than 300 bucks at the time. If you can find a floor standing 6” model for near the same price, and you have the floor space, I would do that. Lots of people find them on Craigslist, but I was never that lucky.

The DW744 planer, or any lunchbox type will do as well. More expensive machines may be wider, but you don’t need the with for what you plan to build.

A standard 14” bandsaw would be good too. I have the Shop Fox version of the Grizzly 555 series. I have seen them new for less than 600 bucks if you have a Shopfox outlet near by.

Get a good router set, one with a plunge base and fixed base, and then make your own router table. It’s not hard to make a simple one.

I agree drill presses are nice, but optional. Honestly, I would start with the Harbor Freight bench top type. 80 bucks and you can find a coupon. One served me great for years. I built the telescope in my projects with it. I have a laser on my newer craftsman, but it goes unused the vast majority of the time. Also not sure I can see the need for a digital readout.

Hope those thoughts help.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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