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One Tool that you recommend strongly

What is your #1 tool that you must have in your shop (and others too) other than the table saw, router, sander, radial mitre saw, band saw, and a grinder. Well, make that 1, 2, and 3!

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Lathe, planer, jointer.

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The only things on your list I have are a table saw and grinder. I almost never use the saw.

For me, it is a crosscut and ripping saw, a #4 plane, chisels, and a sharpening station.
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If you eliminate table saw, router, sander, radial mitre saw, band saw, and a grinder I think the most important tool I have is a Northfield shaper. Second would be my Nortfield 12" jointer. Third would be my Mattison stroke sander. Fourth would be my Newman 24" planer.
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Good lighting, workbench/assembly table and air compressor.

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I have grown quite fond of my cordless impact driver. Driving in screws has never been faster or easier. Next, a good solid heavy workbench, and last, my 22" Performax drum sander. One extra.. my dust collector.
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Cordless drill. Definitely the most often used tool in my shop. Mostly as a screwdriver, but serves many purposes. You also need a good combination square and a sharp pencil.
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What is your #1 tool that you must have in your shop (and others too) other than the table saw, router, sander, radial mitre saw, band saw, and a grinder. Well, make that 1, 2, and 3!
What is a "sander"? I have a very very old belt sander, a very old 1/3 sheet finish sander, and a new random orbital sander - all of them handheld power tools. I also use my drill press for sanding. I would love to own some kind of bench sander: a oscillating spindle sander, or perhaps that Ridgid oscillating belt sander, or perhaps a combination belt/disk sander. So, what is a "sander", because there are so many types?

Other than the tools on your list, I would recommend:

1. Workbench with good lighting above it. ... Is that cheating? :-)
2. Drill press. You can use it for sanding, too.
3. Router Table. If "router" does not include "router table" then my #3 would be router table.
4. Lathe. Otherwise, my #3 would be a lathe, including the tool set to use it, such as gouges, chuck, mandrel, etc.

5. Woodworking Hand Tools: If "Workbench" doesn't count as a tool, then add a set of woodworking hand tools: start with a #5 low angle jack plane with two blades, plus a set of good chisels, plus some way to keep them sharp that isn't the grinder. In the future, add additional hand planes, scrapers, spokeshave, etc.

Honorable mentions, but too low on the list to make the cut:
6. Power planer.
7. Jointer.

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* I assumed that the query excludes important "handyman" power hand tools that are often used for woodworking, e.g., circular saw, electric hand drill/driver, Dremel tool, etc. which might be corded or cordless.
* I assumed that the query excludes basic "handyman" hand tools - screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, wrenches, etc.
* I assumed that the query excludes woodworking consumables that are essential to the process: sandpaper and finishing supplies come to mind.
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Patience...and a good quality combination square. If it ain't square and true...even the best and most expensive tools are for not...

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A bench-mounted 8" or 10" drill press.
I can predict the angles of drilled holes, every time, any woods, any metals.
I can cut and shape seashell or even copper clad printed circuit board for wood carving inlay.
I can (carefully) grind out a chip in a glass.
I can buff and polish any tarnished or scratched metal anything, especially cutlery.

It's relatively quiet, easy to rig dust collection to a ShopVac.
Always wear eye protection and use a really BRIGHT LED light.
I liked it so much that I bought a second one for my partner's house (for me to use.)
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Shop vac. and a block plane, also chisels.
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Shop vac. and a block plane, also chisels.
Bench with a vice
Dust collector/vacuum
Electric pencil sharpener

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Incra fences for table saw and router table, router lift(s), Leigh FMT mortise and tenon jig


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
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Good lighting, workbench/assembly table and air compressor.
Plus a good shop vac.

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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im fairly new to woodworking, but if i didnt have my shop vac, i would be digging myself out of sawdust right now. also, speed squares, combo squares, anything that will help you square up wood.
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Things that are true and square..combination square, engineers square, etc.. Nothing drives me crazier than a square that ain't square.
Miterset is one of my favorite tools if you can call it a tool.. It's great for squaring up the table saw miter gauge and setting other angles right the first time every time.

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Clamps!!! Well maybe a hammer first. and then... Clamps!!!!
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Many years ago, I invested in a Bridge City Tool Works 12" combination square. No other single tool has made such an impact on my ability to measure and cut accurately. The Stanleys I had used prior to that were, by comparison, approximate measurements.
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Good lighting,....
BINGO! We have a winner (my opinion)! Good lighting trumps everything else, including table saws, routers, grinders, etc...

If you can't see it, you can't make it look good, if you can make it at all.
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Another $000,000,000.02 worth of advice,
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