What's the basic width of timber out there, and do you intend to take it
from unsurfaced to final product? The proportion of 8" boards to non-8"
boards always favors non-8, so most will be to big for face joining, or
smaller, and therefore capable of being faced on a 6" machine. Shop size is
a player as well. Most of us don't have unlimited space, and an extra four
square feet might narrow us too much.
Want to guess what I have?
where are you? In Melbourne the WWing show is about to hit town and there's
usually a bit of a price war going on. Also, twice the price doesn't
necessarily apply, it depends on what brand you buy. Since a lot of them
come from the same factory you might be paying for a label only.
I bought an 8" last year and have not regretted it (except when taking it
off the ute). What models are you looking at?
I had a 6" for years - then picked up an 8" at an estate auction a few
I had no idea what I was missing - that extra 2" feels an extra 2 feet.
I can just about face joint any board I work with not which is great.
If I were to do it again - I would go right to the 8" if space and $$
I agree Daryl it would be, however cost is a big issue as even a clone of
the 8" Delta costs around $1300 in Australia. I dread to think what the
real deal would be so I can only assume a 12" would mean re mortaging the
house. As an example the basic Delta Unisaw without extensions or any of
the trimmings costs around $3400 here.
As for what I work on I have dabbled in wooodworking for a short time but
now have decided to make it my main hobby and the list of projects from
SWMBO is growing rapidly. They are 2 end tables (mission style), 2 x Morris
chairs, 1 x 3 seat mission sofa, 1 x entertainment unit 1 x large display
cabinet, 2-3 built in book cases and 1 x kitchen..... Oh I forgot, somewhere
in amoungst all that I need a new cpomputer desk.
Of course to do a good job on all these projects I "NEED" :-) more
machinery, hence my original question.
where are you? Those prices sound high and, here in Melbourne, I know I
could point you to a few stores where you'd do much better than that.
Also, buying tools in not necessarily the way to go either. I know a store
in Williamstown that allows you to work on your projects using their
machinery, a good option for some and reasonable pricing.
G'day Greg, i'm in Towoomba and there is no such facility here, besides
between work and family its better that I can duck out to the garage to work
when ever i get a free hour or so. Also the Mrs is happy for me to spend
serious $ on machines (acquiring the $$$ is another thing) as she can see
value in woodworking. If I try to spend $10 on the poota its considered a
waste :-). Besides half the fun of woodworking is the continuous
acquasition of stuff. He who dies with the most toys wins (semi rural,
married wage earner division, BG will win in the open division).
Other way around here for me actually. But since I run a software/design
business, $$ into the comp. is tax-deductible expenses! Woodworking on the
BTW I don't have much to contribute to your question (I wish I had the
money for a jointer myself, I'm stuck with presurfaced lumber for now), but
seeing your name I had to post and say howdy :)
It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have
learned English -- up to 50 words used in correct context -- no human being
Towoomba is a great area, I travel to Oakey on occasion and know the area
reasonably well. Transport cost for larger machines will hurt you there.
Any of the woodworking shows can have good deals if you get the chance to
attend one, but getting an 8" jointer of the ute is a real b*tch DAMHIKT.
I have never been to a WWW show but will definetly be going to the next
Brisy one but that is a long way off. As I mentioned in th ubeaut forum I
may wait till the Brisy show and try to cut a deal for a few machines but I
have an urgent need to by something big and electrical. Bought a dust
collector but that didnt satisfy as it doesnt produce any sawdust. :-)
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