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Forum topic by gdiddy13 posted 08-04-2016 02:18 AM 780 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2016 02:18 AM

Perhaps I should have started in this forum, but I jumped right in.

I am now back into woodworking as it was something I did with my father a bit. I now have the majority of his tools so I think I’ve got a decent start. I’m going to list what I have, what my goals are, and let me know what I might consider purchasing.

Sliding miter saw- brand new


a few clamps

marking gauge

older craftsman router- 1hp, not a plunge, and a small assortment of bits

ros- older, but it’s still going need to replace the pad

basic toolbox tools wrenches,

one block hand plane,

kreg jig and screws

jigsaw, newer

circular saw, older and heavy


I have very limited space in my garage and usually drag my saw horses out into the yard and set up shop out there as the table I made for the garage is mostly for storing everything.

I make mostly smaller stuff, cutting boards, etc. completed a dining table, and working on a coffee table now. Not looking to make fine furniture really, but stuff that people request, and it’s a little side hustle for me.

I have some slabs I want to work on to make coffee tables, and so I need to figure out how to make that planing jig for a router.

But anything your guys would recommend? I thought a table saw, but I really don’t have the room, and then I thought that a band saw would work instead?

I also find myself needing to plane and square up boards and a planer is out of the question, so maybe a good hand plane, and learn how to use the router for this as well?

open for any suggestions, thanks!

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#1 posted 08-04-2016 03:39 AM

I think hand tools are a must with a limited space and budget.

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#2 posted 08-04-2016 02:05 PM

Oh boy…..I would search for some resources on getting started. Just too much on a forum like this.

I’ll tell you what NOT to do: Don’t start buying a bunch of power machines.
Fridge’s advice is very good. Things like a TS & SCMS takes up a lot of real estate and the working space in your garage will disappear as quickly as your cash.

As for the tools, it depends on what brands they are. Could be good stuff, could be not so good stuff. Truthfully, most of my father’s ww’ing tools were junk – cheap Stanley beater chisels, horrible block plane, etc.

You are going to need hand tools anyway. I would get them first.

Check out Paul Sellers, Tom Fidgen, etal. You’ll be surprised what you can do with hand tools (and how fast)

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#3 posted 08-04-2016 03:51 PM

I used this video as a guide to build my router planing jig for my workbench and it worked very well.

The hardest part for you will be getting flat rails to reference off of since you don’ have a jointer. I think Marc mentioned something like metal studs as a possibility but I’m not sure how flat they really are on edge.

Even after doing this I used a jack plane set to a very light cut and a card scrapper to remove the small ridges left behind. Not sure if my router collet isn’t perfectly 90 degrees to the base if the bit was a little off, it was the jig or just me but I ended up with very light ridges after I was done. Nothing a very light pass with a plane and card scrapper didn’t fix and in the case of my bench it left a little grip in the bench that prevents stuff from sliding around which was nice.

It doesn’t sound like you need a lot more to build things as you are already doing well from the projects you have built. There are a lot of tools that are time and back savers but minus maybe a jack plane for general purpose work and flattening small pieces and a smoothing plane for final cleanup I’m not sure you “need” much else to the job done and even a smoothing plane is probably optional if you like sandpaper well enough.

Hope this help,


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