Re: Next thing to buy?

On Thu, 04 Sep 2003 14:49:04 -0400, Sam Hopkins wrote:

You trust your Signficant Other with a tool purchase? Do you say like, "Man, that was a great dinner, dear. Boy I could sure use a radial arm saw right about now," or do you make sure there's no doubt, and say stuff like, "Look at this ad for the Blackened Pecker RAS Power-Cutter BXT-310K! And hey, it's on sale!"
If I even told my wife to get me a bit for Christmas she'd probably hesitate to do it. She likes to get the perfect present and I think she's be too worried about getting the wrong thing.
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I usually start dropping hints like, "You have a great smile honey... It kinda looks like what I would look like if I came home and found a radial arm saw." And then I follow up with, "Look if you don't buy me a radial arm saw I'm not coming home." Then it usually moves on to, "PLEASE BUY ME A RADIAL ARM SAW." And then when I finally drag that "Maybe" out of her I smack her with the model number and where to get it.

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I always liked her "look what I bought today" phrase. works for me.
On Thu, 4 Sep 2003 15:04:18 -0400, "Sam Hopkins"

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Don't even think about a planer until you have a dust collector. They toss out a lot of chips in a sort time. I used mine outdoors a few time and then bought a DC.
Hammer drill is not very good for woodworking, but a drill press sure is handy. Depending on your needs. a 12" benchtop is not bad, floor models are better. How about a compressor and brand nailer or nail gun? You can live without them, but they are nice to have. I bought the Porter Cable kit with pancake compressor and brad nailer for $199 at the time. I think they are about $229 now.
Consider a router table for your next project. Random Orbit Sander in used a lot. My Ridgid combination belt and spindle sander is used a lot.
Clamps also. Bessy K are some of the best. I have a couple of 24" and a couple of 31" and use them frequently. I also have two 12" Quick Grips and hardly ever use them.
Other items I tend to use a lot: pencils and a good sharpener, 6" rulers, a 7" combination square, a 24" combination square, Lee Valley 90 degree marker (amazing how handy this is)
As far as sequence of purchases, your projects may dictate that. Ed
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On Thu, 04 Sep 2003 19:43:53 +0000, Edwin Pawlowski wrote:

Good point.

Well, I bought it to build a wall that wound have to be mounted to a foundation, I actually prefer my less powerful cordless Black n' Decker for driving hardware. That Makita hammer drill is a bit too aggressive.

Yeah, I have a drill press on my list of things to get eventually for-sure.

I've thought about these and I'm not sure yet how high of a priority to make them.

I've got a Porter-Cable ROS, actually. I forgot about that one. Have router table plans, too.

I've got a pair of 12" QG's and some 4" C-clamps and that's it for clamps. I was thinking of picking up a few pairs of bar clamps and a bunch of pipe clamps.

I keep a mechanical pencil with .3mm lead in the shop, I've got a 36" metal straightedge, a 12" combination square (Starret!), a carpenter's square, and I've been meaning to pick up some triangles.

Thanks for all your input!
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Speaking of dust collection. You say you're in the basement...Is the furnace down there also? If so, you may want to cover the filter slot. Stray sawdust has a habit of infiltrating every nook...a filter can get clogged very quickly. My next item for the shop is a DC. IMHO BigJoe
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wrote:

Go for the DC, and don't skimp on this. For your health (what good is shop without your health?) I added a remote control last year to the DC and now wish I had done it years ago. A Dustfoe 66 mask is another good item to use, in addition to the DC.
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Will need sander(s) also. Depending on the type of work you'll do. At the least you need hand held 1/4 sheet palm and/or an orbital. Both can be had with DC ports that can be attached to a vac or DC unit.
Just before I outfitted a complete new home shop, I lucked into space in a great pro shop but I had identified a pretty cool Rigid horizontal belt and spindle sander that looked like a fair bargin. It has a short edge sander belt, maybe 12" and you can pull that off and insert a spindle in it's place. I think they are only available at Home Depot but maybe elsewhere and I've seen em on eBay a time or two.

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Lots of great suggestions here, but IMHO, if you don't know what to buy, chances are you don't need it. Make due with what you've got until a project demands a new tool. I still use the furniture I built with a hand saw and a chisel.
Mike http://home.comcast.net/~stephens.michael /

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Michael Stephens wrote:

THIS IS THE BEST ANSWER I have seen.... VERY TRUE...
Looking back over 40+ years in this hobby I "think" I bought what I needed just AFTER I really needed it...but I knew I had it for the NEXT TIME....
Bob Griffiths
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I also had a basement shop. The dust collector was right after the table saw.
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I'll give you the same advice I was given by a member of this group when I posed this question some time ago.
let the deals you get be your guide on what is next. Meaning that you may really want the Jointer next, but my find a used Dust collector for half the proce you thought you would pay, then the DC becomes the best bet. Or you may be looking between DC and a Jointer and a nice drill press lands at your feet.
it worked for me, I bought stuff in a different order than I expected, but got better tools and a lower price than I originally planned.
hda

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