What to buy next?
I and my workshop have evolved in the last six months to the point where my tool catalogue includes a great R4510 Ridgid table saw, a decent Craftsman sliding compound mitre saw, a Mastercraft Maximum router combo, a PC circular saw, and a Freud biscuit joiner, along with the usual drills, portable sanders, etc.
I make mostly small cabinets and bookshelves out of pine planks and/or plywood. I'd like eventually to work my way up to bigger projects using better wood. In terms of joining, I usually use butt joints with dowels or biscuits. I have no interest in plumbing or metalwork.
I'm considering adding one (two tops!) power tools to my (really) small workshop. It should be something that will be instantly useful and/or reasonably easy to learn. and I'm seeking your thoughts and recommendations about the following options:
1. A better router -- the Maximum works but is not precise enough to take me to the next level (i.e. fancier cuts);
2. A jointer/planer -- I like the idea of cutting cheap wood to my specs and cleaning up the non-straight stock available at my local home store.
3. Some kind of bench sander (tho' I don't yet have what I consider an acceptable dust-control system). And so far, I'm achieving smooth enough results without the need for more than my small sanders.
4. A drill stand -- only occasionally feel the need for it but those occasions really seem to matter.
5. Something I haven't thought of?
What are your thoughts, please and thank you.