On 03 Mar 2004 04:56:12 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Ah10201) wrote:
|I'm just getting into wood working and was wondering if there is a stepwise
|list of tools to acquire. what tool do most people recommend buying first? a
|router? maybe a miter saw?
It depends. If you are considering working with sheet goods, i.e.
plywood, etc. then as most everybody will answer, you need a table
Otherwise, a strong case can be made for a bandsaw for your first big
power tool purchase. They are much safer, quieter, create less dust
and turn less wood into sawdust. A good one is also a little less
expensive than a good table saw.
If you are thinking portable power tool, then a good router would be
Recommended reading: Fine Woodworking Magazine. issue No. 153.
I agree. For someone just getting started, a bandsaw is a useful and safe
choice to start outfitting your shop.
An investment in basic hand tools (smoother, block, chisels, scrapers, hand
saws, measuring and marking implements, files, rasps, bench/vises and some
good books) could be the most useful to start. Not much can get
accomplished in your shop without the use of handtools and some knowledge.
By the time you've set yourself up with quality hand tools, you'll
definately be familiar with the term "budget" and "yes dear". By the time
the "heavy iron" hits your shop floor, make sure you can breath through your
Cheers and good luck!
woodworking is a pretty broad area. what are you going to do? build
birdhouses? cabinets? guitars? or just frame up a new room on your house?
are you trying to fill a closet with tools or a shop?
a decent table saw is pretty expensive to buy 'just to get into'
woodworking. so is a decent drill press. you might start with a router...
lots of bang for buck there.
ive seen some of those in time/life books. like a big transformer where
everything folds out. biggest problem i see is you arent going to be
working much with 4x8 sheets of plywood in your closet <g>
If you expect to buy only a couple of power tools ever and build only
the occasional project then I agree that RAS and router give you a
broad versatility with low expense.
However if you expect to get serious (build cabinets, furniture, etc),
then I suggest avoiding the RAS. As others have suggested, go with
table saw and router first.
My RAS was ok for a while. I ripped, crosscut, mitered, beveled,
drilled and routed with it (with drill chuck and router collet
attachments). I made ok outdoor furniture and general stuff like
adjustable garage shelving.
But I've regretted my RAS purchase ever since I've tried doing
precision work. (I went to Sears to buy a table saw 10 years ago
[before I knew not to] and was convinced by the Sears salesman that
the RAS was more versatile). It's a pain to keep in adjustment, a
pain to set up for each cut, and you can never get it to be as
accurate as a good table saw with good fence. Like every tool that
tries to do many things, it does none of them as well as other tools
that do just one thing.
Of course they are dangerous. So aren't table saws, jointers. planers,
bandsaws, router, grinders, hand grenades and thermonuclear devices.
When used properly the RAS is one of the safest tools in the shop. Certainly
safer then the a table saw.unless you try to rip with it.. Even then it is
no more dangerous then any other tool that is slinging sharp metal around.
I won't even address the constantly needing alignment other then to say it's
been eight years since I last did an alignment on my Sears RAS it's still
trucking along fine and in perfect alignment.
Ahh, those quiet moments in the shop at the end of the day when you shut
down all the power tools and relax at the bench. Your left hand reaches for
that piece of stock that needed just a little bit of trimming, your right
hand for the 1/4" chisel. You sigh, your body relaxing, your mind going over
what you are going to be doing in the shop tomorrow. Then it happens!
You've paid absolutely no attention to the stock and chisel in your hands
and you've buried that nice sharp (If you are lucky) chisel a 1/4" into the
ball of your thumb.
If you look really hard there is a moral in that story.
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