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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Just wondering what order makes sense for someone to buy woodworking tools? Obviously, the table saw is the 800 pound gorilla in the room, but where do you go from there? Drill press? Band saw? Something else? Im thinking drill press...
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Really it depends on the wood worker and what kind of woodworking S/he plans on doing, its kind of like cooking if you dont tell us what you want to cook its kinda hard to tell you what ingredient you need to put in first.

I mean some woodworkers have never had a table saw and don't need one like a scroll saw specific woodworker really has no use for a table saw and turner I would assume also wouldn't have much use for a table saw a bandsaw would be a better choice.

Now to give a vague answer which may not be the answer your looking for but is really the best advice anyone could give you is Buy the tools you need as the project's your currently building demand it

if you are making a curvy piece and need a oscillating spindle sander and bandsaw or jigsaw to rough it out then buy them.
if your making a shaker style project which is pretty much 100% straight lines then you would benefit more from a table saw

if someone had give me the straight forward simple advice of buy the tools as your project demands it when i first started I would have saved a lot of time and money and would not have put myself into a box on what I could do with woodworking by letting my tools dictate the projects I could do, thankfully over time I was able to fill in the blanks and start exploring the many different aspects of all the different kinds of wood working.

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Drill press.

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Paul gives good advice. Your projects & how you want to build them will give you a list. You will find a router &/or a router table might be of use on many projects. For a hand held router you can get a kit that has both a fixed base & a plunge base. As for the table you can probably use the same router but I think if you want to build things such as cabinets the goal should be a dedicated 3-1/4hp router. If using the same router for all functions you will lose a lot of time in setup. Sometimes setup takes more time than the actual procedure.

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