So...the other day SWMBO tells me for Christmas she has put aside $4000 for
me to get new tools. Now I need to figure out what to get. I'm hoping some
of the more experienced woodworkers here can help with suggestions.
I primarily build things like book cases, small cabinets, stuff like that. I
don't really do anything with fancy turning or scroll work. I would like to
build some new kitchen cabinets, chairs, table, entertainment center, stuff
Already have a good table saw, a few good routers, router table, router bits
(including door and panel sets), workbench, clamps, etc.
Was thinking of:
Floor standing drill press
Leigh dovetail jig
Leigh Frame Mortise and Tenon Jig
8.5" sliding mitre saw
Couple of new Woodworker II blades and Chopmaster blades
Any thoughts of something else I should get - or substitute (if I run out of
money) for building mostly cabinet based stuff like I mentioned?
Counting tax, you're just about there. Give some thought to a couple hand
planes for some areas of your work. I'd add the Veritas apron pocket plane and
their 4-1/2 to that, maybe. I'm not a neander, but I've found that having a
good plane around sometimes saves on the electric bill and the nerves both when
I don't have to get fancy with tool sets up. Not too long ago, another member
sent me onoe of E. C. Emmerich's little block planes and that's a great tool,
If you ever decide to go with square tenons, you might want to think about some
good chisels to get rid of those round corners left by the Leigh M&T jig (and
that thing is a wonder: I saw it a year or so ago and had to marvel at how easy
it was to use and how well it did).
Or how about a lot of yellow birch (much cheaper than maple) to build yourself
a workbench, to which you could then add a couple really good vises.
"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same
function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of
things." Sir Winston Churchill
I'm pretty happy with my bench and it has a good vice and holes for dogs.
Hadn't thought of the plane, and I haven't used one in years, but there have
times I wished I had one.
Could also use some better chisels.
I'm really looking forward the the FMT Jig. I've been doing mine with the
TS, a small benchtop drill press, and some so-so chisels. Takes some time
and, with my lack of skill, lot's of "scrap" wood. Do like the square tenons
Good idea, but if you needed it, you'd probably have one now.
Overpriced, neat looking, small production shop tool, not really meant for
use. (Leigh likes all the sales though.) Wait for a few more years and they'll
turning up on ebay and othe want ads.
8.5 is a good size, but for just a little more, depending on brand, you get
more utility from the tool.
Nice to have, but not essiential. Also in the price range that you can
small amounts for a short time and pick it up later.
Nice tool. a little pricey for the home shop unless you plan on using it a
lower priced 734 is a solid machine too.
Good idea. You can either buy 2 WWII, one to use and one to send to Forrest to
resharpened -or- buy lower priced but about equal blades to fill in while
The acquisition phase is a lot of fun, but often you end up with good tools that
*very* seldomly. Go slow. Buy smart. Buy what you need, not so much of what
Good luck - have fun!
She handles the finances and likes to stash away as much as possible.
Frequently uses some of this to play around with day trading and the market
has been pretty good this year. Least that's her story ;).
or better yet. put it away till you find real good deals on tools.
more bang for the buck!!!! with 4 grand you can outfit a small shop
real nice if you wait for the deals to come. and they will come!! nice
to have the cash when they do. skeez
I'm telling Wife how much you suck, she looks at me and reminds me how
much I spent on tools (not to mention materials) in the last year or so.
You still suk, just not as bad as I thought. ;]
She may be setting you up, ten years from now when you need something
she may look at you and say 'you should have thought of that when I gave
you the $4,000'.
Before accepting the money you may want to get a 'statute of
limitations' on how long it can be held over your head.
I'm married to a woman who has _never_ held anything over my head in
Then again, I've never lied about the cost of a tool, and she dosen't
hide new shoes in the car. We've always followed the credo that if
you can't pass the red face test, you shouldn't be doing in the first
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