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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all! This is all of like my 3rd post on here....

Anyway, I'm starting a new shop. If that's what you're going to call it anyway. I have a shed and a big yard so that's what I'm starting out with until I build another large shed for the shop.

Here is what I have as far as tools are concerned: Drills, circular saws, scroll saw, band saw, grinder and MANY various hand tools (most not singled out for woodworking).

And here is what I plan to get: Table saw, Router (plunge/fixed combo), Router table. Those 2 are the must gets and the may get now or later items are belt sander, buscuit jointer, planner.

You guys think I"m on the the right track? Are there any other "must haves" in the woodworking world?
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Hi Marcus,
Dust collector, drill press to go with drills, jig saw, miter saw, or compound miter saw ect. The list will get bigger & seem endless.

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Well you covered the majority of the "must haves" with in reason but it all depends on what kind of wood working you plan on doing really but some standard kind wood working tools/things are like.

Clamps Clamps and more Clamps , jointer, bandsaw, random orbital sander or like the one i use the most is a black and decker mouse it works wonders getting into corners, dowel jig, chisel set, miter saw, some kind of dust collection even if just a shop vac it helps, respirator (for sanding) , oscillating spindle sander ( if you plan on any kind of curved work) , Scroll saw, dovetail/finger joint jigs.

Well thats all i can think of for now but like i say at the beginning alot of these might not be a must have to you or many i havent really found a nitch of woodworking right now im kinda exploring all aspects of it so im covering all tool ranges, but if I was to do say mostly lathe work then I wouldnt need half of those as an example.

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Ahhhh yes. You guys mentioned a few things I had missed.

I do have a miter saw and a shop vac.

I deffinately need to get some clamps. I was thinking about the inexpensive plastic ones at home depot to start out with (any objections?).
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A few inexpensive spring (clothespin-type) clamps come in handy and a few C-clamps but for many the need is more for the F-style (the clamp itself is F-shaped, with the horizontal parts for jaws and the vertical the bar).

What I've done is to get a few of those three and then add clamps for a particular project or when there's a big sale. :-)

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i would buy a pockethole jig before the biscuit joiner. i think you will like it lots more than a plate jointer. also, before getting a belt sander think about a drill press and drum sanders. the drum sanders are inexpensive and although not inexpensive, the floor model drill press is indespensible. i use mine all the time.

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Please complete your profile; if it indicated where you lived, others here could offer better recommendations of good local suppliers. There are members here from all over the world, including USA, Canada, Australia, Croatia, UK, Scotland, South Africa, just to name a few.
My mistake! Thanks Jim. Got my profile completed. I live in Greenville, South Carolina.
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The plastic clamps are not so great. Sometime you just can't get enough pressure out of them. I would say watch for sales and invest in good metal clamps. I have a lot of the plastic clamps and a lot of regrets.

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The plastic clamps are not so great. Sometime you just can't get enough pressure out of them. I would say watch for sales and invest in good metal clamps. I have a lot of the plastic clamps and a lot of regrets.
Couldn't agree more! I bought one of those 15 clamps "starter" kits that was full of those plastic clamps and im now down to 2 after 6 months, 9 broke at the end which clamps onto the wood, 2 broke at the handle you squeeze 2 just slip loose the second you take your hand off the handle, and the last two well yeah needless to say they dont get used very often since i bought my metal ones.

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Thanks guys!!!

I sort of figured that about the plastic clamps. My main reason for it was just something to start out with. But to have a better thought perhaps I should just spend my money once and get the good stuff!!
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