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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, I am relatively new to woodworking, and just starting out, limited space and small budget. Was wondering if anyone can advise of some entry level tools low in cost but adequate for beginning woodworking?
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Welcome Brian,

First two questions are
1. What do you own now?
2. What kind of work do you want to do? What do you want to make?

Finally, safety equipment is much less expensive than not having it.

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HI Brian,

I agree with Steve. It really depends on what you want to do.

Please update your profile to show us what you do have and we may be able to make some suggestions.

Many woodworkers have started out with a circular saw, a set of chisels, power drill ....

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Right now I currently have a circular saw, many hand tools, drills, hand held sander and a hand held jig saw and I have a craftsman deluxe edition router table, and currently looking to get a nice used router and table saw. Mainly I want to start making some shelves, cabinets, hope chests, stuff like that. I have been making some nice dart board cases for a few guys I work with, with just the circular saw and jig saw.
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In my mind the first need is to cut the wood. Accurately and safely. While you can use the circular saw and jigsaw, a table saw would head my list. A miter saw might suffice in som applications for cross cutting boards to length, but for ripping a table saw is king, and for cross cutting.

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I totally agree steve, I have been actually pricing some cheaper table saws, because I know that is the foundation, found a few decent Skilsaw table saws, and a nice craftsman tablesaw, just have to watch the budget, as the wife monitors it alittle closer then I do, LOL, but my father in law gave me the craftsman deluxe router table, so i was looking at a pawn store, and they had a nice 2hp fixed base router for like $40. But they also had a really nice PC router, believe it be a plunge router, with a seperate fixed base that comes with it, doesn't even really look used that much, and they are asking like $69, also believe it is a variable speed one, have to look again and get the model number, believe it was a 690 tho', but don't quote me.
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Table saw on wheels that can lock-down. Plan ahead on all of your work for safety's sake. If you are using extension cords - make certain that they are heavy gauge and in good condition. Using sharp blades on all cutting tools is also paramount. I have two Hitachi C10FL tablesaws and could not be more pleased. $500.00 is what I paid for each of them from Lowes 4 or 5 years ago. I personally would rather have one tablesaw and one router rather than two routers - but I do not suggest a "benchtop" tablesaw for rip cuts. Good luck!

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Brian, the PC 690 combo kit for $69 is a good deal provided it has both the 1/4" and 1/2" collets. I highly recommend you watch for a sale on Woodcrafts guide bushing set shown in photo 2. A table saw is priceless for improving your woodworking when used with some easy to build sled's. One very handy item you can build is a router ski jig; this allows you to thickness plane material and makes many jobs easier. Watch the videos on building and using a ski jig, they can be found by clicking the Member Videos tab at the top left of your screen.

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As stated you need a good table saw. For all your tool needs I would be watching Craigs list on a daily basis. If you are interested in making cabinets then my next purchase would be a pocket hole jig. There are a lot of brands out there but Kreg is best known brand. Buy the screws in bulk (500 to 1000) for the best price.
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Brian...I mentioned this in your other thread but allow me to plug your post wood hobby shop again, if there is one. Nearby Ft. Richardson (now Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson) has a respectable shop that I take advantage of every now and then. It's a nice benefit to have.

Before I could use the shop for the first time, I had to take a short safety and fam course. Even though I consider myself an intermediate woodworker with a good handle on shop safety, I really appreciated having a walkthrough on different brands and types of tools I hadn't used before. And that's the thing, right there. You can put your hands on a lot tools that you don't (and may never) have which can help later buying decisions.
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