Several years ago, I made a tool list that seemed like a mountain. But
thanks to some overtime, I'm down to only four large tools left.
(before I start doing other things like upgrading to a cabinet saw or
maybe a large resaw or cyclone DC). The candidates are:
Grizzly G0453 15" planer with cast iron infeed/outfeed tables
Grizzly G0512 edge sander with the big melamine table
Grizzly G1071 oscillating spindle sander
Performax 22/44 drum sander
I should add that I already have a delta benchtop planer and a delta
6x48 belt/disk sander.
I've already bought rough-sawn wood for several large furniture
projects I'm about to embark on. And the overtime mixed with the sale
of a car should allow the purchase of one or two of the machines listed
I'm not looking forward to planing the wood I have, and I don't have
the dust shroud. i could make one, or it may still be available. Or I
could just replace it. That's a vote for the planer.
The edge sander won't get much use in the projects I'm about to do
since they don't have drawers. But the doors I make are likely to be
set into the frame. If I screw up the size of the doors, or even if I
don't, the edge sander will really help to dial in the fit.
The OSS would really help to take advantage of the band saw, as would
the drum sander. I can think of a couple places where I could use both
in the upcoming projects. If I had the performax, I'd be more likely
to attempt to venir some curly maple onto the panels in the door.
So which should it be? Feel free to suggest a different machine if
there's a good price/performance ratio or other cool feature. I
already have most of the other normal shop power tools.