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#1 posted 07-10-2013 03:18 PM

Hi Ed
Thank you for your service to our country.
I’m not a fan of tools that convert(like Shop smith) from one operation to another simply because once you set up to say saw you need to use a drill press you have to convert over to that tool and then back again to a saw or something else. The other thing deceptive about Shop Smith tools is that there taunted to take up a small foot print in shops but the thing people forget about when considering this type of tool is each accessory has to be stored when not in use.
The other issue is all of those accessories cost ,some almost as much as a free standing tools there suppose to replace. The cost of the main Shop smith plus accessories can cost more than good used tools that may do their prospective job better.
I don’t know what your budget might be or what kind of weight or space limitations are so my best guess is if you can get a table saw and some use hand tools that might be a good start. The type of table saw you could get will depend on what power you will have available ,how mobile it has to be and of course cost. There are some very light table saws that have folding stands that are used on job sites that might work but I must admit they would not be my first choice given the tops are small compared to more stationary saws. A little saw I owned years ago made buy Ryobi had a larger top and was light weight might work too, it was a bt3000 I believe sears sells a newer version,again not my top choice if you had more room in a at home shop. Knotscot has a very good blog about table saws that might be helpful .

After a table saw some basics will help like a circular saw,a hand held jig saw,cordless drill, a router and a few bits, a few clamps,a Radium orbital sander , some measuring tools like : a combination and framing square,6”rule and measuring tape,plus the bench you want to make should give you the most basic start. After you have some basics you can make things like outfeed tables and other jigs and fixtures that are much cheaper to make rather than buy. If I can help with questions feel free to send me PMs and I’ll be glad to help.


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