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Posted on Rounding out the Workshop - Question about Next Purchase

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 05:15 PM

Thanks for the response! So I’m building mostly home furniture, tables, credenzas, cabinets. I simply don’t have space for a thickness planer and a jointer, and since my projects tend to be multi-week affairs, I’ve done OK with hand planes for that type of work, so far, and then a random orbital sander for finishing. The downside is that I can’t use rough cut lumber to make my own boards, and I get stuff at pre-cut thickness, but that’s OK for now.

The work I can’t do right now, and I want to do, is cutting acute angles, (I used a jointer plane to cut a 12 degree bevel for a set of back-loaded horns I built, it was good enough, but not great), and I can’t cut curves, say in a tabletop for oddly shaped side tables or rounded corners. Another pain point is stronger joints for things like table legs (mortise and tenon).

Based on this, I was thinking bandsaw, and drill press, but maybe a good jig saw instead of the band saw, and a bench top drill press would do it? I’d love to have space for a legit cabinet saw and a router table and etc, but as my car needs to also be in the garage, I’m trying to get by with what I can – plus hand tools when I can.

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