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.
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.
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.
On Thu, 04 Sep 2003 19:43:53 +0000, Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
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
I've thought about these and I'm not sure yet how high of a priority to
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
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.
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.
Remove the "x" from my address if commenting that way.
Be sure to check out Joe's and Betty's webpages...
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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