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#1 posted 02-11-2018 04:43 PM

My experience parallels what Loren has written in the prior post. My first jointer was a bench-top 4”. That Craftsman device got a lot of good use. I thought I was hot stuff when I got a 6” floor standing jointer. I soon saw the value of the 12” lunch box planers that a couple of buddies bought. I am still happy with the same 6” jointer (an early Ridgid). A couple years ago I sold off my first 12” planer and got the now well-known DW735 which is a heck of a machine.

When I made my list in post #21, I left off another thing that is oft-used, namely a good miter saw. Very useful, and it is not necessary that you build an elaborate counter and cabinet to get tons of good use from one. I used my original on a piece of plywood sitting on a B&D Workmate. My current Bosch has a place on a side counter. Once I got this one, I sold my two (yep, 2) radial arm saws and have never ever missed having a RA saw.

And speaking of that old Workmate, it remains a great device for a workshop; as are some decent, not elaborate, folding saw horses.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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