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Old 12-19-2011, 11:41 AM   #1
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So I am just starting with wood working and building up my workshop. My family is getting me a table saw for Christmas (yep, awesome!) and I am planning on buying a miter saw and a jigsaw.
What other tools do you recommend in getting started? Anyone have any suggestions? My plan is to do mostly furniture and some home improvement work like cabinets etc.

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Old 12-19-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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A random orbit sander and clamps of all types would top my list.--Mike---

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Yep, followed by a drill, a jointer and a router.
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Router--I second that!
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:53 PM   #5
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Drill bits -metal, brad point, paddle and forstner bits
chisels
tape measure
framing square
tri square
screw drivers
pliers
side cutters
electrician pliers
needle nose pliers
assortment of wrenches
sockets and wrenches
hammer
nail sets
chalk line
sheet rock knife
nail puller
crowbar (different sizes)
sledge hammer
cabinet scrapers
pocket hole jig
files
all sizes screws
large and small levels
coping saw
trim nail gun
framing nail gun
sprig nail gun
needle nail gun
staple gun
compressor
air hoes
planer
drill press
band saw
circular saw
assortment of router bits (buy as you need not in a set)
router lift (build your own router table)
glue and glue bottles
assortment of sand paper
clamps, clamps, and more clamps
reciprocating saw
side grinder
dust collector
shop vac
dust masks
battery powered drill
counter sinks
biscuit cutter machine and biscuits (different sizes)

There is a bunch I left off so others can fill in.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:21 PM   #6
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Never underestimate garage sales, estate sales, and auctions.

You can get some really nice tools for pennies on the dollar sometimes.

Tools with lots of life left in them.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:26 PM   #7
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I almost never use my jigsaw.

I use my Hitachi 12v cordless impact driver (L-ion) all the time.
I only use my 18v cordless drill when I need to make a big hole.

A drill press is a really handy tool. There are things you can do with one that are nearly impossible without. I don't use it often.

An oscilating multi-tool is useful. There probably aren't many jobs you can't do without it, but it makes some jobs 10x easier.

If you've ever seen Norm Abrams make furniture you know the utility of a pneumatic 18 ga. brad nailer and a 15 ga finish nailer.

If I could have only three power tools they would probably be a table saw, a circular saw, and a 12v impact driver. 12v because it's small and light and there's not much a homeowner can't do with one.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:19 PM   #8
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As well as the woodworking forum here (look at the tabs at the top) check out sawmillcreek.org and woodnet.net forums. Invaluable.
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:33 PM   #9
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Depending on the size and quality of your table saw, I would buy a good circular saw and a 96" rip guide for cutting plywod sheets.
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I have accumulated many tools over the years, however I have a different approach than you are suggesting. I purchase tools I need for my next project rather than pre-purchasing tools. So I purchase a sliding bevel miter saw when I was doing a deck project, of course it is useful for lots of other things. I bought a Sawzall when I was doing demolition. I got a table saw years ago when I was building cabinets. Etcetera.

This approach makes it easy to prioritize, I get a tool when I can actually use it. Sometimes I make do with what I have, for example I have many very fine hand planes which I use in lieu of a jointer. I built a router table, which I use in lieu of a shaper. The tool I use the most is almost certainly my 18V cordless drill, I use it so much I burned out two batteries in about a year.
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Hello and welcome Rob Morgan, to the as you can see, best DIY'r site on the web.

Craig's list is another great spot to find tools gently used if at all, for far less than retial.

Good luck with all your projects and have a Merry Christmas and a Fruitful New Year.

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for a beginner your best bet is to get basic tools first then gradually as your skills improve start investing in more specialized tools.


start with a good circular saw. orbital sander, cordless drill.. and laminate trimmer (palm router) next a table saw and mitre saw. from there a compressor and 18 gauge nailer. after that a full size cominatin router which has both a fixed base and plunge base. from there more and more clamps. a variety of router bits, at first a cheap set will do but as you start working with more and more hardwoods you will need quality bits such as cmt's or freud bits they last longer and wont burn up the wood as much

lastly one of the most important things besides power tools is a a good sturdy assembly table, this is where you do your glue ups and project assembly's. this is seperate from a regular workbench
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Make sure that you buy a good table saw.
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I second the idea of buying tools when you need them instead of ahead of time. The reasons are that a) when you have a specific use in mind it may influence the features of the tool that you buy, and b) money spent later instead of sooner is money saved and money that can be spent on things you actually need now.

I also second the idea of buying used tools off Craig's List. People sell tools because they bought them and they don't end up using them. Their loss is your gain.

I think you'll find that the tools you need for making furniture are different than those you need for home improvement. They are going to be more along the lines of table power tools that give you support and precision. For home improvement you're going to use more portable freehand tools of a wider variety.

I would definitely hold off on the compressor and air nailers. If you really need those one day you'll know it, but until then it is going to sit around not getting used. Use a hammer and a box of nails until then.

I'm going to put in a plug for the Milwaulkee M12 cordless tool set that is now on sale at HD. You get a drill/driver/hammer, an impact drill, and a multi-tool with batteries and a bag for $199. They usually go for $135 apiece or something. Super heavy-duty tools, bullet-proof, and well designed. You're not going to find a better price on that assortment unless you get them off the back of a truck.
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I have built furniture for years. The power tools I use most are, in this order, band saw, cordless drill and table saw.

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