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Forum topic by MiniMe posted 10-09-2019 03:30 PM 1914 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MiniMe

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10-09-2019 03:30 PM

Hi guys

I am a beginner -to give you an idea of what I can do please see the below picture (the fence and the deck). I guess I fall into Weekend warrior category or DIYer or “do anything else to stay away from the freaking computer” :-)

After some volunteering activities I got “hit” with an Amazon US (I am in Canada) gift card which I would like to spend buying some tools.

Here is what I have so far:
-Table saw Rigid T3650
-Miter saw Hitachi C10FCH2 (10”, non sliding)
-Router Mastercraft Maximum Fixed/Plunge router https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maximum-fixed-plunge-router-0546810p.html
-router table -https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-custom-router-table-0546841p.html
-Router bits Mastercraft _maximum https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maximum-router-bit-set-40-pc-0546818p.html#srp
-I also have a Dremel 4000 and a Rotozip 2000 both with all sort of accessories
-shopvac Rigid WD16369
-cutting sled (DIY) which I am trying to adjust from a DeWalt Portable saw (which I still have) to my rigid saw

Future projects: -plenty of them, I have more projects than time:
-kitchen cabinets (the wall cabinets only -euro style- I am trying to relocate cabinets by moving doors see how it looks and if happy leave them in place
-kitchen island
-lamps ( https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/289989663498458009/)
-frames
-shelves, shoe racks
-coffee table
-organizers (garage, kitchen, bathroom)

Having the above said what would you recommend me to buy with this gift card?
I am inclined to buy a router/saw Incra system I guess I will trash the cheap router table that I have, I was trying to get it added to the table saw that I have (I would have reused the plate and maybe the fence) but that seems to take me too long.
A fancy cutting sled would also something that I am considering but considering that I have one that I am fixing I do not know if it is worth spending money on it. I like the cutting sled from Incra but I am not sure if I have the money. The fancy table saw fence from Incra integrated in their combo seems to be very useful when you work with the router but I am not sure if I will need the precision cut/positioning for the table saw. Is the combo a waste of money and I should buy the router table with the fence instead?

Please feel free to suggest other brands or tools -the above are the ones I am considering


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RRBOU

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#1 posted 10-09-2019 03:46 PM

Wise choice on the Incra fence system.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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OSU55

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#2 posted 10-09-2019 04:39 PM

Dust/chip collection – make a plan based on the power tools you plan to have. Warning – its a vortex easily sucked into.

Planer – start using rough or 2s lumber vs expensive box store stuff. With a simple sled can be used to face joint a surface vs pwr jointer.

Hand planes – much better for prepping a surface for finish vs sandpaper and getting surfaces flat. I also use one for jointing edges vs a power jointer, owner’s choice. Used is best value and wont find on amazon. Another vortex…

Clamps – determine type/length based on type/size of projects.

A few chisels, paring for trimming, mortice if you plan to do m&t joinery.

Determine what type of joinery you will do and research the tools needed.

Do you plan to do dovetails and how?

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MiniMe

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#3 posted 10-09-2019 05:09 PM


Dust/chip collection – make a plan based on the power tools you plan to have. Warning – its a vortex easily sucked into.

Planer – start using rough or 2s lumber vs expensive box store stuff. With a simple sled can be used to face joint a surface vs pwr jointer.

Hand planes – much better for prepping a surface for finish vs sandpaper and getting surfaces flat. I also use one for jointing edges vs a power jointer, owner’s choice. Used is best value and wont find on amazon. Another vortex…

Clamps – determine type/length based on type/size of projects.

A few chisels, paring for trimming, mortice if you plan to do m&t joinery.

Determine what type of joinery you will do and research the tools needed.

Do you plan to do dovetails and how?

- OSU55


I don’t know if I am advanced enough for the above…I am still at the stage when all my joins involve screws or nails :-) and the “wood” is MDF prticle boards melamine of plywood. I am not sure if I will ever go past this stage, I would like to be able to get those cool modern finishes I often see on the modern or contemporary cabinets but … I guess even for pros that is a challenge, it is probably an industrial process

What is 2s lumber?

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HokieKen

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#4 posted 10-09-2019 05:13 PM

I think what you’ve listed is a good list and all good stuff to have. OSU also makes excellent points about some basic hand tools. Personally, I’d throw a band saw up there at the top of the list if it were me. I don’t know how people survive without one ;-)

Having $750 of Amazon fun money is a nice seat to be sitting on ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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corelz125

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#5 posted 10-09-2019 05:18 PM

Good blades and a dado set for your table saw. Since your new and don’t have experience with hand planes I would get a jointer.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#6 posted 10-09-2019 05:35 PM

Can never have too many clamps!

Card scraper! And gooseneck scraper. My 2 favorite tools.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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cmacnaughton

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#7 posted 10-09-2019 06:32 PM



I don t know if I am advanced enough for the above…I am still at the stage when all my joins involve screws or nails :-) and the “wood” is MDF prticle boards melamine of plywood. I am not sure if I will ever go past this stage, I would like to be able to get those cool modern finishes I often see on the modern or contemporary cabinets but … I guess even for pros that is a challenge, it is probably an industrial process

- MiniMe


You’d be surprised how fast you can get to that stage. Once you dive into joinery and realize how superior it is to screws and nails, you’ll want to try all kinds of new stuff.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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MiniMe

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#8 posted 10-09-2019 06:48 PM

A band saw is nice but I can’t see how I am going to use it. I think a higher priority is to get that router utilized
Jointer – I would love to have one but I think you can do joints with a router as well
Clamps-I have some. of course never enough of them

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MiniMe

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#9 posted 10-09-2019 06:49 PM



Can never have too many clamps!

Card scraper! And gooseneck scraper. My 2 favorite tools.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns


Those can be acquired without family convulsions :-) if you know what I mean

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MiniMe

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#10 posted 10-09-2019 06:55 PM



Good blades and a dado set for your table saw. Since your new and don t have experience with hand planes I would get a jointer.

- corelz125


I was told that the dado set might be a dangerous thing
There is also questions if my table saw takes those or not (there were some issues regarding the axel)
https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?127980-Ridgid-3650-and-dado-blade see toward the middle/end of the thread
I am not sure if this affects my table saw but I remember that I came to the conclusion that for my needs the router can do similar things since I am not doing the required operations on a large number of things

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Andybb

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#11 posted 10-09-2019 08:20 PM

Seems like you are planning on using the router a lot so…A router lift of some kind. I’ve had 2 Woodpeckers but there are others out there too.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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MiniMe

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#12 posted 10-09-2019 09:26 PM

The router I have can be lifted ..it has its own mount and using a T screw driver you can adjust it from above the plate

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corelz125

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#13 posted 10-09-2019 11:16 PM

Do you have a few tools in mind that you want?

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Andybb

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#14 posted 10-09-2019 11:35 PM



The router I have can be lifted ..it has its own mount and using a T screw driver you can adjust it from above the plate

- MiniMe


Not quite the same thing but you can probably get by without one for now.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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tynewman

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#15 posted 10-09-2019 11:57 PM

2S or S2S lumber is Surfaced on 2 sides (ready to go stuff) it is more expensive. You also have more options when you can dimension your own lumber, even if that means making 2×4s straight and flat and “nice” looking. My top 3 would be Bandsaw, Planer, and jointer. It would open a lot of doors. Yes, you can use your router as a jointer, you could even use it as a planer if push came to shove. you could get a jigsaw or scroll saw instead of a band saw.
If you are doing mostly small projects a scroll saw might not be a bad direction.
A benchtop sander might be a good idea also
Some type of jointing device (biscuit cutter or dowel jig) for frames is handy

-- Ty

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