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Forum topic by Wstein posted 09-03-2013 02:10 PM 1150 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-03-2013 02:10 PM

i am in the process of getting a shop setup. I have finally come down and decided on a new table saw and will be ordering it in the next week or so. I am going to start saving for the next piece of shop equipment. What would be a recommended second piece of equipment, so I already have a planer and will soon have a good table saw. I am slowing buying the necessary hand tools as I need them.

I am thinking a band saw would be next item for me shop, so I can start resawing thick cut lumber. I also am thinking of a good disc/belt sander would be a appropriate next tool. Then again, a good router setup would help with trim work on some projects.

Thoughts and suggestions appreciated.

Thanks in advance

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005

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#1 posted 09-03-2013 03:00 PM

A good 8” Joiner perhaps a Powermatic or a Delta.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#2 posted 09-03-2013 03:16 PM

The answer to your question, of course, is that it depends on what you plan to be making. RogerM makes a point about a jointer, and it could be a 6” or 8” depending on budget. If you plan to buy rough lumber, you’d also need a planer.

Another approach, again depending on budget, is to get your lumber jointed and planed at a lumber yard and use the budget to get a bandsaw and/or router setup.

There are so many directions one can go and it all depends on what you plan to build. It’s one thing if you plan to make furniture and quite another if you lean towards birdhouses, etc.

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#3 posted 09-03-2013 03:59 PM

The jointer for many has been replaced with a good glue line rip blade in the TS. As has been mentioned though it largely depends on where you want to go with your woodworking. A good quality router is more than likely in your future. There are a couple makes out there with a built in router lift so that you can save the expense of purchasing a routerlift for a router table. If you plan to do turnings a lathe would be a nice addition although there are alternatives to the lathe as well. Of course if you are going to be a purest then you have already wasted money on the table saw instead of buying a good hand rip and crosscut along with fourteen different models of planes. lol For a start up let someone else carry the expense of planing and either purchase the lumber planed or have it done at the supplier. A drill press can be a versatile addition to your shop. It can be used for edge sanding, drilling holes, even turning small items. A bandsaw is a wonderful investment if you plan to resaw or do shaped cuts or bandsaw boxes, but it is useless for closed cutout work.

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#4 posted 09-03-2013 04:09 PM

It depends on you, how you want to work, what you’ll be doign, etc., but I think a router/router table would be the next tool if it were me….its the most versatile tool in the shop. Then maybe a jointer….a good blade on a well tuned TS can indeed give a glue ready “edge”, but it won’t flatten the face of a board, and that’s the reference point for any true 90° edge….without a flat reference face, the edge is more random. If you get get a BS for resawing, you’ll likely want a jointer and/or a planer to smooth out and flatten the faces anyway….the jointer flattens/ squares, the planer smooths/thins….the planer “can” flatten a face with the help of a planer sled.

Just my 2 cents.

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#5 posted 09-03-2013 04:19 PM

FWIW, I bought a 14in BS for re-sawing roughcut lumber, and in the first two years, it more than paid for itself in the savings over buying dimensional lumber of like species.

And as Bill says, you will additionally need BOTH a planer and jointer in order to make this “re-sawing” dream/goal all happen. It would be very hard to only have 2 of 3 of these machines and get away with it. When I set up my shop +3yr ago, I bought all within a couple of months. I got my shop set up for maybe $7k and am truly glad that I bought ALL big equipment basically “all at once.” IMO, setting up a shop piece meal, will create more frustration in the shop and possibly lead to taking unneeded chances trying to do certain tasks without the proper equipment. Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 09-03-2013 04:21 PM

I already have a planer, a Dewalt 12” planer so i am able to plan rough surface wood. I have considered a jointer, but I get by with out for now, I have seen some video’s on making jigs for the table saw that even/straighten a edge. Plus I have access to jointer at my friends workshop.

I did think about getting the local lumber supplier to size the lumber for me and pay the few $’s extra cost.

I am wanting the bandsaw the ability to resaw wood and for the curved work that is easier on it then with my jig saw But a good router/router-table would really open up some neat things for some projects I am thinking about.

Right now my projects are simple ones to build up my skills, i do plan working my way to building furniture for the house, but right now everything is skill projects as I call them; boxes, cutting boards, etc.

All good suggestions and advice so far, i do appreciate them.

-- I would offer moral support, but I have questionable morals - Me, 2005

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#7 posted 09-03-2013 04:38 PM

As just about everyone has said, it depends on what you plan to build and how you work.
And, also what smaller tools you may already have.

For me, the next thing after a table saw was my workbench. Then, to make building the bench easier I decided I needed a drill press.

After that I planned to get a planer then a jointer. Actually, I got such a fantastic deal on a year end model closeout Rikon 6” jointer for $150 and then ran across a returned/refurbished Ryobi planer for $120 about the same time. I just got them both. No regrets on either, but I must admit I could manage without the jointer before any of the other machines. I do have hand planes and a table saw and router to do jointing with.

My next purchase was a band saw, but after using it, I would move it up the list as well. Maybe next after the drill press.

Of course, like I said before, it depends on what you want to do.

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#8 posted 09-03-2013 04:51 PM

Depends on what you want to make.

I don’t like making furniture without a jointer, planer
and band saw. Table saw I can do without.

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 01:44 AM

Yep, depends on what you’re making.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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