Which tools for most jobs
I guess this is more of a survey than a question and I am a little confused on establishing my workshop, so I thought I would seek help here.
I have a 12.5 X 17 foot free standing block building with concrete slab floor that I have converted to a "general" workshop. Not a large area by standards of what most of you probably have.
The power equipment I currently own is a router and table, a contractor grade table saw, a miter saw on a Delta collapsable rolling table stand, a power belt hand sander, power vibrating sander, power hand jig saw, circular saw, rotozip tool, recpricating saw, cordless drill, pancake compressor with finish nail and brad guns, and most of the standard type home improvement working tools. These tools have gotten me by for my home improvement type projects, but I would now like to expand further into some occassional hobby type woodworking as well. No large scale projects just smaller items and working on some antique items from time to time.
My question here is: Which tools should I be looking to add to my "general" shop that would be able to handle 95% of a woodworkers needs. I do not want to go over board with every fancy "gadget" out there and would like to learn to use each tool to the fullest of what it is designed to do. Again, my space is somewhat limited as well as my budget. I don't mind mid price and quality range tools as I don't feel the high end tools are justifiable in my case.
What tools do you folks feel necessary to have a somewhat "complete" workshop without going to extremes? Some items that come to mind are a band saw, drill press and possibly a power planer. I'm not sure if these are required per say for a "complete" workshop, but it appears many in the woodworking circles have these as standard tools.
I know the first thing I need to add out there is a knowledge base of a few select books. I am happy to receive recommendations in that dept. as well.
Many thanks to each of you for offering your helpful advice and happy holidays to all.
Last edited by Bob N; 12-13-2004 at 04:22 PM.