I'm new to woodworking, so I'm starting out with virtually no tools. I'm hoping to get some help with building my tool collection while also not wasting money on unnecessary things. I think I could very easily spend too much money getting started.
I have cheap non-woodworking hand tools. I also have a Rigid 15" drill press and a Craftsman 10" bandsaw. These were bought before I had a real interest in wood working. I'm pretty much starting from scratch.
I'm still not sure if I want to go the hand tool or power tool route. I think I'd prefer the power tool route, because I have limited time and it seems like I may be able to get more done this route. On the other hand, I'm a night owl and can't run power tools at night due to noise so hand tools have the advantage there.
The basic things I think I'm lacking right now are
1) a way to joint and plane wood
2) a way to make straight accurate cuts
I'm thinking about spending a bit of money just to get tools that enable me to start being able to do things. I've been thinking about getting the Rigid 4512 table saw and the Jet 10" jointer/planer. This is about $1000, which is a significant amount of money.
1) Is it a good idea to spend that sort of money to get started? I just want to get some tools that enable me to start doing stuff.
As you can see, I really don't have a good grounding as to how to get started buying tools. Could really use some advice from you guys. Thanks
OK, he's starting out, probably not going to use power tools too much except weekends, and to him $1000.00 is a lot of money.
Festool and other power tools are not affordable or practical for the OP at this time, so those recommendations won't apply.
He did mention a jointer/planer combo unit, a power tool, but that particular unit is not highly recommended anyway. So where should he start?
My vote is for a used cast iron table saw, contractor type Craftstman, Ridid or Delta which will work on a budget and is what I started on 50 years ago and used it for 40 years improving the fence over the years.
I had a Millers Falls 14" hand plane for those beginning years, but I knew nothing about it's care or sharpening. I made it work until I got a 6" Craftsman jointer.... which I also knew nothing about it's set up or sharpening. I learned by doing as the saying goes.
I also didn't know that to cut a board safely on the table saw, it should be flat on the bottom, and have one straight edge against the fence...I had a few kickbacks.
I used mostly plywood and 1 x material from the lumber yard and didn't know how to sight down a board for curves and cups.
My stuff didn't always turn out that well. My first commission was about 9 huge plywood bases, plinths, for a gallery in Chicago. I made the stuff in my living room, using a circular saw and the above mentioned table saw, in a rented apartment, but it all worked out OK. I went on to study Industrial Design, taught briefly, and worked at GM Design for 30 years using the skills I learned on my own and those acquired at the University. As I got better and made more money, I upgraded my tools.
I still used the 1960's Craftsman 10" table saw, but acquired 2 12" ones which I ultimately ganged together to form one large table and even that one grew to a total of 3 saws recently.... total investment about $1500.00 I'm not a professional cabinet maker although I would put my set up against others costing thousands more. I don't like changing blades, so there is a rip on saw no. 1 and a crosscut blade in saw no. 2 and a dado head in the saw no. 3. All 3 saws have fences are Unisaw by Delta.
So you can do it on a budget.
I also have a production 12" Powermatic 5 HP if needed.... $3500.00. I haven't needed it in years.
I also acquired several, more used 6" jointers, a new 8" Grizzly $750.00, and a Min Max 13" jointer/planer combo $2600.00, which mostly sits idle, so you can spend money on things you don't really need.
So, whadda Ya wanna do? Make cabinets? Furniture? crafts stuff? yard stuff? just putz around? learn some basic skills?
You hafta decide which path you are goin' down, then it will make more sense which tools to acquire and how much to spend on them.