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Which Tools First?



If you were to start over again, given a limited budget, which tools would you buy first?

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Drum sander.... Other then my table saw my drum sander is used on just about every single project I make..........
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My first purchase is always a lathe, that is for the sheer joy of it.

My next purchase would be a table saw .........the hub of my shop

Then comes a good router to finish off edges .

Then comes a 60 to 80 gal. Air compressor with some T nailers. Very difficult to make accurate jigs without an air nailer.makes up for a missing 3rd hand.and with that comes a few cheap spray guns from harbor freight.

Then comes a bandsaw for curves.

After that, my tools are dictated by need.
The above list does not small hand held power tools.

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This is a great thread!


My first choice would be a set of chisels, mallet, hand saw, a Stanley (or equivalent) A4 jack plane, a cheap drill, and a bench vise (such as the one shown in the picture). With this I can get a lot done.

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I'd buy a table saw, planer, jointer, band saw, miter saw, router table, drill press, and drum sander. That isn't a purchase all at once list because it is quite expensive. I have all of those plus some more, but it took years to acquire. You're still going to need hand tools and dust collection. If your budget is extremely limited, I'd go mostly hand tools. I have a lathe, and enjoy using it. A lathe is quite expensive, so I'd recommend skipping that if your budget is tight.
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A table saw, router and router bit set would be my first purchases.
A compound miter saw would follow with an orbital sander, shop vacuum, jig saw, basic hand tools (hand plane, chisels and assorted clamps.
And it's nice to have a small compressor and 18 gauge finish nailer, a Kregs jig and biscuit cutter.
With these tools you can build a lot of projects.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Table Saw (full size belt drive with induction motor)
Router (and router table)
Planer
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I didn't have much of a tool box of any kind after travelling a lot. Guess I bought tools as I needed them when I bought my first house.
3/8" Skil variable speed/reversing electric drill. Drill bits as I needed them, screwdrivers with interchangable tips which fit the drill.
40 years old and still running like new.
Mom gave me 2 axes and a circular saw. Built some badly needed simple work benches for the basement.
10" Delta power miter saw to cut wood at predictable angles! 30 years old, replaced 1 arbor bearing and 1 broken drive belt.
8" bench top Delta drill press for all sorts of things like cutting and shaping abalone shell for wood carving inlay. Drills holes, too.
8" Ryobi bench top band saw, 10" Ryobi table saw. Each $100 new, good enough for my needs.

I'll never get interested in making fine furniture. I admire those who do.
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We likely all started with the """basics""".
Hammer, Circular saw. Tape measure.
So those would be my first choices. Gotta be able to cut the wood and hammer it together , plus we need to measure our cuts.
You can do a lot of projects with just those 3 items.

Now as we specialize and come into what we do in the trades, wether its furniture, building rooms and homes, bowl turning or other, we start picking up specialized tools. My big mistake was buying cheap tools which soon after needed replaced.

So now I have 7 + methods of hammering (air, hand powered, airless (Paslode impulse guns)). I have about that many if not more ways to cut, even up to a high end Delta table saw and a chain saw. I also have multiple measuring devices.
These items took years to accumulate.

All the tools y'all mention are nice but we gotta start back at the basics..
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This is a great thread!


My first choice would be a set of chisels, mallet, hand saw, a Stanley (or equivalent) A4 jack plane, a cheap drill, and a bench vise (such as the one shown in the picture). With this I can get a lot done.


Oh, I forgot the clamps and a square. Some basic C-clamps and a carpenter's square would also be nice.

Keep thy axe sharp.
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Gotta have a table saw and a good combo square...then you can make the workbench, work tables and other shop stations for the future tools you acquire. Get a good plane and chisels and learn how to use them well...then power-up.
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Jus' the bear necessities...

BAnd saw (I use mine on almost every project), ROS, #4 plane, drill and bits and screwdriver bits. Then clamps, a circular saw and whatever I need as the projects dictate.
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