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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.

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Joel,

I would recommend either a bandsaw or the jointer. I wouldn't bother with a planer until you have a jointer, but I'm sure a few will disagree.

A 14 inch bandsaw can do a lot, but I wouldn't go smaller than that. A 6-1/8 jointer is a decent size for a small shop. Both show up in the classifieds pretty often.

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For what it's worth:
I suggest you buy a book (E-bay has lots of them) on band saw, jointer, router etc. -- whatever you are thinking of buying. That should give you good ideas which would do more for your situation.

My progression was router, drill press, band saw, bench saw, jointer.
I'm seeing that the jointer could have been sooner. Planer will arrive later.

Happy with what I have now. I'd love to find room for a lathe.

Craiglist is a gold mine. Both for buying and selling. Sell to get rid of the item. Space is precious. Expect to pay for space -- sell at a price that moves it FAST.

I've put two items on Craigslist priced to move FAST. Both were gone before the day was done.

A jointer makes for wonderful side support for your table saw.

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East job, get a new 5,000.oo CC and use it just for new toys, go to Rockler/Woodcraft/?? and say I will take that and that and that and that and by the way and that. and when the truck pulls up to drop off your new tools/toys tell the BOSS look what I got you for your birthday and to build some new kitchen cabinets just for you dear. now let go out for dinner, dear.

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East job, get a new 5,000.oo CC and use it just for new toys, go to Rockler/Woodcraft/?? and say I will take that and that and that and that and by the way and that. and when the truck pulls up to drop off your new tools/toys tell the BOSS look what I got you for your birthday and to build some new kitchen cabinets just for you dear. now let go out for dinner, dear.

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East job, get a new 5,000.oo CC and use it just for new toys, go to Rockler/Woodcraft/?? and say I will take that and that and that and that and by the way and that. and when the truck pulls up to drop off your new tools/toys tell the BOSS look what I got you for your birthday and to build some new kitchen cabinets just for you dear. now let go out for dinner, dear.

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She got flowers and a nice box of candy for that and I have got most of it gone by now..she likes to share and a very good sport. but I did get a bag of candy .

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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.

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Hi Joel - well, you have enough tools to start building a router table. You can make or buy the top and fence and it will start you off on bigger things. Also could be a home for another router if you really want to buy one. You can trick the router table into acting like a jointer until you can pick up one of those.
Belt, disc or spindle sander would be a nice addition too as you can shape with those as well as just sand and smooth.

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Joel; on the planer vs jointer issue...the thing about the planer is that it will allow you to start using rough sawn hardwoods. The thing about that is that you first need to joint a face side (and a face edge). So basically it's not a one or the other proposition.
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...of course you could plane by hand.
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