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#1 posted 10-23-2018 06:35 PM

I did quite a bit of surprising work with my dad’s circ saw, a cordless drill and a sander. My “Big upgrade” from there was the PC 690 kit with a fixed and plunge base. Look at what you’re trying to build and if/when a new tool is justified. I agree with all above that a TS is the centerpiece of the shop but, for awhile you can do pretty good with a shopmade track to rip sheet goods, and spend a bit more for dimensional lumber you can mostly straighten with a $20 flea market find #4 plane.

Don’t get as caught up in the dodads, tools, guns, cars and even using a cross walk require proper technique. I’m lucky there was still shop class when I was in school but there many places to get some solid training for the TS, don’t be afraid of it but always respect it. I use feather boards hold downs push sticks and sleds for my cuts and a good appreciation of where/when I need to go a different route and maybe do a cut with the bandsaw or just grab a backsaw and go old school.

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