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#1 posted 05-26-2017 04:38 PM

If you’re mechanically inclined at all used tools are a great value. Most of my shop is vintage machines that I restored.
The used ShopSmith one guy above me mentioned is also a good investment. I’ve never used mine as a tablesaw but I love the drill press feature and disk sander plus they’re ok lathes. Being a multi tool there are some trade offs but overall they’re well designed and well built tools.
If all you’re interested in is smaller projects it’s worth considering going with mostly hand tools with a band saw.

I recommend building your own work bench. It’s actually one of the most important tools in a shop. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just sturdy and flat. Solid core doors make good bench tops.

-- Rodney, Centralia, WA, USA

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