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#1 posted 02-11-2018 06:01 AM

Loren made a good list. I use rasps often to smooth off cuts and wood fiber splinters and so forth.

You will want a lot of clamps. All of us on here joke about how you can never have too many clamps, and it is the truth!

I had the jointer before a planer, but now I think the planer is more useful.

There are many cool things you can do with a router; and then another one, mounted in a router table of some sort.

I would be very sad to have to work in my shop without a drill press.

Money spent on great lighting is maybe the most important thing I have done in my own shop.

I am really happy I popped for a moderate quality tool chest on casters. Having my mechanics tools organized and well-stored makes them take up a lot less space, and makes getting the needed tool to adjust or fix things a breeze. My wood shop was not nearly as nice for me when my mechanics tools were a jumbled mess.

I get a ton of value from having a moderate size air compressor: blow gun, nailers, the occasional impact wrench. I consider this a must have.

I’d pick out two platforms for cordless tools, and then stick with them so you don’t end up with a big mess of chargers and batteries. In my case I have Dewalt 20 volt and Milwaukee 12 volt tools. Love using all of them.

I do not agree that you need dust collection first. But – it is certainly very nice to have. I was an active and frequent wood worker for about 25 years before I decided to fully enclose my shop and add an A/C unit. And then I did the dust collection.

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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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