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I just received my Craftsman Professional 2.5hp Fixed/Plunge Combo router. I will be ordering the Grizzly Presidents Special router table. I plan on picking up a few bits to get started on a small desk project and book shelf I want to build. What else would you recommend? I have an old Craftsman miter gauge and on that came with my Ridgid contractor table saw. I hope they will work. Anything else I should look into getting? I know I will need a featherboard and a bunch of clamps...any in particular I should look at?
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Brett, one can never have too many clamps. I recommend a variety. The ones often referred to as handscrews prove very helpful, as do "C" clamps and "F" style clamps. The bar clamps often sporting round pipe can be useful, but personally I have better options and never use them - however; depending on what you're doing they might be perfect for you. I do use long bar clamps that have slightly serrated bars. Projects that I get into require me to have quite a few clamps and one of my favorites is the Jorgensen "Cabinet Master" - it has good reach and glue-resistant ends and it is very square for tight-fitting assemblies. WoodCraft also sells similar clamps that I've found very handy. Don't forget a woodworker's vice that will mount to your workbench, these are typically quite inexpensive and very handy. Good luck and above all BE SAFE!

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What size work space are we filling up?
Sanders, dust collection, jointer, planer, band saw, drill press.
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Brett, please be safe, ONE thing I would Highly reccommend before all others is some type of DUST COLLECTION..... This should be high on Your list if the router table You are buying has a dust type collection fitting -- order it and at worst hook a shop vac to it also if using a shop vac in your shop area PLEASE put a Hepa Filter as this will keep the dust from re-entering the air YOU are BREATHING, I euipped my shop vav with a Dust Deputy from ONEIDA (oneida-air.com) with a Hepa Filter believe Me it makes a GREAT BIG difference .... I also hooked up a Dust Collector (Penn State Industries) there are many on the web to look at .....
I am telling You this because the dust from woodworking will soon find its way on / in everthing You have and breathe, wood working is very addictive... I went a few years without any type of dust control and now regret it also since hooking up all my dust collection enjoy woodworking much more ..... Good Luck in all Your future projects, feel free to Send me a private message or ask any questions ,I hope either Me or someone will be able to help.....

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What size work space are we filling up?
Sanders, dust collection, jointer, planer, band saw, drill press.
I don't have any of the above yet. Right now, I am just focused on getting a well equipped router table together. Good advice on the dust collection. I am working out of a single stall garage right now so everything needs to compact and portable. Hopefully, more room in the garage will be happening soon.
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The best advise is get what you need to do the project at hand. Small desk might or might not need featherboards. Watch videos of what you want to do and then buy what you need to do it. If your buying bits I suggest buying sets of sme type but different size 2nd tier pricing not premium bits. buy specialy bits as you need them They're like candy you just keep buying them. Clamps buy as you go or harbor freight sale flyer for c clamps
Jig saw table saw router table and orbital sander are all thats needed to make a good desk

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Default One car garage setup.

I also have my shop in my garage.
With wheels, it all rolls into position as needed.
From left to right.
Shop vac mounted on wall.
14" Jet band saw.
Work bench (MDF) with Triton router mounted.
15" Jet drill press.
Makita 2703 bench saw
Rockwell 4" jointer (now replaced by a 6" Powermatic).

Shop vac will eventually be moved to the back wall. Dust collector will go there as well.

My car (Toyota Camry) fits in here.
Unfortunately, no 220 available.
I only have one circuit protected by a 20 amp breaker.
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Brett, one of the best investments you can make is a decent Shop Vac(brand name) that uses bags to capture the dust. This filters more of the fine dust from the air and also prevents it going through the motor. The bags make clean up a snap. You are far better off with the dust in the bag and not your lungs.

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