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Any woodworkers out there?(8 posts)

Any woodworkers out there?mr_spin
Jan 14, 2002 12:57 PM
I just bought a house with a detached garage. I've always wanted to have a workshop to make furniture and stuff, and now I finally have the room. I am a novice, and I don't have the money to build a fully equipped shop like Norm, so can anyone suggest which major tools I should get and in what order?

My dad has an old radial arm he says he'll give me. I figure to build furniture, at a minimum I'll need a table saw and a router. And I'd love to have a planer, joiner, and biscuit joiner.

Any suggestions?
Jan 14, 2002 1:10 PM
My winter activity. I have a shop set up in my basement with a tablesaw, bandsaw, two routers - the big one in a table, planer, jointer, drill press, grinder, biscuit jointer, dust collection system, plus so many power tools and hand tools that I could never count.

If it's free, take the RAS. If you have to pay for it - then don't. Radial arm saws are of limited use. Buy a good table saw first, and a plunge router second. I've assembled my tools over the 6 - 8 years.

I actually use them too! I am almost finished with a solid cherry entertainment center for my basement. The behemoth is 96" high and 13 feet across. enormous. I am so sick and tired of working on it - but I'm within three or four hours of finishing it.

I enjoy cabinetry the most. I also have made numerous boxes, tables, benches, bookcases, picture frames, etc. for family and friends. For friends, I charge them the cost of the material plus several bottles of good red wine of their choice (yeah - I'm a lush!)

Enjoy setting up shop. Check out the "tools and equipment" page of if you have any further woodworking questions. You can get anything answered there.
Jan 14, 2002 3:04 PM
I've got a pretty good collection of hand tools and power tools, but living in an apartment, there isn't much room for a table saw. Not to mention what the neighbors would think.

Now that I have a house I think a table saw is going to be my first big purchase. Any recommendations?
Jan 14, 2002 5:45 PM
Over on the question of which tablesaw is equivalent to shimano vs campy over here.

I have a powermatic 64a tablesaw. It cost about $700 six years ago - I believe the prices have remained about the same. I bought it over a Delta or a Jet (now owner of Powermatic) becuase it weighs about 100lbs more (more stable), has a Beisemeyer fence standard, and a much better cast iron wing. Like C vs S, very much personal preference.

Good luck, be careful. Paul
Jan 14, 2002 11:57 PM
My brother inlaw bought a rigid table saw from home depot that is really nice for it's price bracket. It's really heavy/sturdy
and has a good fence that has remained tight for a couple of years now. The fence is the first thing to go on cheaper saws and you can never trust that they are square.
My sister just bought him a ririd jointer for xmas and it seems to be of the same quality. I know it's heavy, I had to get it in their house.
I've done a fair amountDog
Jan 14, 2002 1:11 PM
I worked in a cabinet making shop in high school, and have done a fair amount of wood working.

For cabinet/furniture grade woodworking, you're on the right track. A planer or jointer is really nice. A drill press is good, too, especially so you can use it with sanding attachments.

Scroll saw would be good. May want a lathe, too, if you want to make legs for things. A band saw is nice. And, of course, a big work bench. Belt sander...

I'd want some pipe clamps, band clamps, a big shop vac, air compressor and nail guns, good lighting, chisels, and lots of good wood stock to work with.

Hard to say on the order of getting things. Depends upon what you want to make.

re: Any woodworkers out there?STEELYeyed
Jan 14, 2002 1:45 PM
I'm saving that and golf for my dottering retirement years,I'll putter around out in the workshop.......hopefully/
No point in getting a .....Monsoon
Jan 15, 2002 1:36 AM
biscuit joiner, if you're not gonna get a sandwich welder. And you'll need a cake bonding jig, together with a pretzel press. Also, a doughnut flange spouser will be real handy. Personally, I would stay clear of the Pilchard-Henge noppit magel scrimmer, as they are way over-priced. If pushed, I'd get a pencil first, followed by some paper.