Originally Posted by jimnycricket65
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:
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.
. 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
* 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.