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I am liking for some advice from you guys on what piece of equipment I should get next. My work spaceis too small for floor equipment. So I am stuck getting bench top models.

I currently only have a band saw and a router & table.

I am trying to decide between a drill press or a miter saw.

What would you get and why?
 

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The last few projects have been outdoor furniture (2 tables and a bench)

I have already been asked by my mother to build her a sofa table. I would also like to get into some more crafty items like candle holders or wood toys for my nephews.

I would really love to get both right now but the wife will not allow that. I am just trying to figure out which will serve me the best right now.
 

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Wow, that is a tough decision, I use both a lot. The miter saw probably edges the drill in usage in my shop by a little, we do have two bench drill presses so I do like what I can do with them, I look to add at least two more (for line boring and a floor model)

One thing to consider, you likely own a drill which can do most of what a drill press does or at least get you by on your jobs without a drill press. Admittedly the press is going to be more accurate then a hand held drill but still a hand held drill will get you by. I used my hand held drill for everything before ever owning a drill press, I can even remember drilling hinge cup holes with a DW 18v drill and that was not fun at all.
 

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I agree with Paul. If space is severely limited, a Shopsmith is a great solution.

Just as a point of interest; a poll on the amount of shop space has been running on the Shopsmith forum for a little over a year. 56% responding have shops in the 200 to 300 square foot range. Surprisingly, 11% are limited to 100 square feet or less. These are all serious woodworkers, some of them are LJ's.

Just for fun, mark off a 10' x10' area on your shop floor and scratch your head to see how you could possibly do useful work in such a space. In situations like this a Shopsmith is way ahead of anything else.
 

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I'd go with the miter saw, even though I use my drill press a lot you cut more then you drill and it's a quick easy way to make accurate cuts. A hand drill will cover for the drill press until you get the OK from the wife.
 

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As an owner of a ShopSmith, I can say that it is not the end-all be-all that many make it out to be. They can do a lot, but it takes a completely different mentality to make the most of it. Converting it to the different modes gets old after a while….and I dare you to cut a mitered edge on an 18" wide piece of plywood. The whole "tilting" the table instead of the blade thing makes things tough.
 

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Yep. Craigslist; Miter saw. Then… with the money you save, you can probably find a decent benchtop drill press for a not a bundle and still have money left over to buy yourself a nice new mitersaw blade for the saw and some decent bits for the drill press! Make sure when you are looking on Craigslist to look in other cities in your vicinity. My experience is that you can drive a little ways sometimes and save a LOT of money!
 

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Yeah, table saw, man, this is the ticket, my mitersaw collects a lot of dust, and the drill press is nice, buta tablesaw will give you precision you cannot get with a bandsaw. I do use the MS sometimes but find myself just using the TS more than most of the time.
Good luck, and watch Craigslist, sometimes the stuff is junk, and sometimes, you score great deals on unused stuff.
Keep track of your fingers. Its nice to have a full set.
 

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I think I will go with the miter saw. I was kind of leaning that way to begin with, but there is so much that I can do with a drillpress as well.

A shopsmith would be fantastic, however that is a littlebit out of my price range the moment.

Thanks for all the advice once again.
 

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You can go the handtool way and bye a good ripsaw and crosscut saw that will only take a minimum of your space ind the shop and you will not have to wear protecion gear and the extra bennefit is no noice and you can work all weekend withaut to disterp neigbor´s :)

Dennis
 
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