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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-29-2009, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings all, A question for fun and I might actually be missing something fundamental that could be making my life so much easier and not even realize it plus it would be a good starting point for someone new to get a good idea.

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You ask for harbor freight gift cards for Christmas as you had recently got into the wood working and because like most including myself money is tight but between your family members you were able to get $100 not a penny more or a penny less ( we can ignore the tax aspect for this ) your task now is to make a list of things you would by or a shopping list for someone you know who is faced with this scenario.

If possible give as much detail as possible so I/They know exactly what to buy cause just saying as an example "a sander" leaves a lot of open questions and really doesn't help.

S/He has the basic tools almost everyone does (I assume) Hammer/screw drivers/pliers/tape measure/Allen wrenches/utility knife.

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Paul, I'm not sure what tools you all ready have. I have several tools and they all get used in a very small area. So if I had $100 to blow on myself, at HF, I'd be getting one of these.

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Couldn't even begin to make recommendations, don't know what you have or need plus I'm not well acquainted with HF. One thing just came to mind and that is "you can never have too many clamps"!!!

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Rusty ya know whats funny thats one of the only thing i can think of that im lacking is a dust collection of any sort but i just cant seem to justify it to myself I just spend about 5 minutes after im done and blow all the dust/chips out the door with my leaf blower am I missing some other purpose other than just having a clean shop as a reason to have some sort of dust collector?

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jerry! im glad you mentioned clamps I had forgot all about them I only have about 4 larger and 8 smaller clamps and am always wishing I had more when im half way threw a project thanks!

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The first thing I would do is get a copy of Wood magazine, and cut out the coupon page.

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Maybe a set of engineer's squares, an 8X12 carpenter's square, A "rafter" square, and I don't know if HF carries them, but a 123 block and a set of set up blocks.
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Paul... yes, there is... it is to capture the lions-share of the fine airborne dust that we otherwise breathe. With the HF DC, you'd need to upgrade the filter bag down the road to something in the 1 micron range (that one comes with a 35 micron bag) to get the small stuff. I can tell ya though that since I got a DC (and a 1 micron shop air filter), wood dust b**gers are a thing of the past!

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+1 to what Jim mentioned. You only get one pair of lungs.. protect them as much as possible. The dust collection system, plus good particulate masks, are highly recommended.

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Not knowing what you have already, or what you plan to do, so here are a few things for ya:

Adjustable height roller stand
Aluminum bar clamps
6" and 12" F-style clamps

HF also has a folding workbench that I can't find on there website, but it looks like this: Workmate knockoff
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