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Old 12-20-2011, 11:00 AM   #16
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The table saw is the center of any wood shop----Buy the largest one you can afford--for the size is your safety--stability and accuracy.

The little portables have there place in the field--but the compromise is safety-stability-and accuracy (oddly enough)

On a large saw with a proper outfeed table you can push long heavy boards through the blade without having them go out of balance and cause you to use your hands to keep the work on the table--

Safety must be the top of the list---and a large table will help you reach that goal.


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Old 12-20-2011, 11:43 AM   #17
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After thirty some years of buying tools, sometimes being up to my eyes in debt because of it. I say buy what you need for each project you do as you go along.

You have a long journey in front of you, good luck and stay safe,
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:21 PM   #18
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At the time it didnt seem more important than another new tool but now looking back a good shop vac at minimum for dust collection and general clean up would be the next thing or 2 on the list,cordless drill,clamps,...etc good luck
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Old 12-21-2011, 10:23 AM   #19
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One of the first power tools I bought when I started making furniture was a 1/4 sheet pad sander. I still use it on almost every job I do. A router and a few bits is a lot of fun. Used router from a yard sale. I usually get my bits from MCLS. A shop-vac makes everything easier. Cordless drill/driver is a must. If you really want to make furniture, a biscuit joiner makes you look better than you are.

A circular saw is a must have. And a chalk line.

Framing square, speed square, combination square, and lots of clamps.
When in doubt, buy clamps. When you see them on sale, buy clamps.

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Old 12-22-2011, 01:57 PM   #20
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In case this was not mentioned before: buy some clamps. There is no such thing as too many clamps.
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Pencils, lots of pencils, as they're the first thing to set down and lose, good lighting, depending on your age, bifocals or reading glasses, and, at or near the top of the list eye and hearing protection. Unless of course you want to be like some of us; huh, what did you say?
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:28 PM   #22
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depending on where your home shop is set up, memory pads on the floor will do wonders for your back especially if its in the garage with concrete floors
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Don't forget to have a first aid kit handy, in a shop like that.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #24
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Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment! Great and helpful insight!

I have since gotten a table saw for Christmas (way to go my family) and found a miter, a jigsaw and router on Craigslist and was able to buy them off an older gentleman who can't do any wood working anymore. Score on my end!

So, got some wood and looking at painting it before building a small book shelf. I heard of Earlex Spray painters. Anyone have any experience with those?
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #25
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I wouldn't paint anything until I sawed it, assembled it and sanded it. You don't want the burnt paint residue smearing itself all over your new saw blades.
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Spray Painter Quest continued

I have actually just been asking about spray painters cause I want to make my life easy (yeah yeah, I know!). As I stated, I am a beginning woodworker for one but my wife does like to do interior decorating so i figured a spray painter could be a good investment.

I have looked into the Earlex 5500 and found some great videos on them.

Maybe this can help or maybe some of you all have personal experiences with them. Would love to hear!
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I don't think anyone mentioned a thickness planer yet, but I would also highly recommend a radial arm saw. Having said that, maybe the tool to consider would be a (forgot the name! Shopmate? The multiple staionary tool)
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The first tools I had were jointer, table saw, belt sander, oscillating sander, and dowelling jig. Plus lots of clamps and hand tools. Then I got a radial arm saw. I had a shaper which I later replaced with a router? Of course I had a hand-held drill.

Look and see what a high school shop has. This is what you will need.

A vac is good, as is an air compressor to blow dust. The vac is good for finishing projects. I like to vac a project, then a tack cloth or just a damp cloth.

A pneumatic nailer is nice for putting face frames on cabinets.
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the more people post, the more thoughts come to mind. Dust extractor/some kind of air filter.
So, how much have we cost the OP so far?
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If I'd bought everything mentioned, I would have to take out a 2nd mortgage - lol. Seriously helpful comments all around although at times a bit overwhelming. I got the basics I think at this point and I am looking at an Earlex sprayer just because I'd like to make it easy to apply paints and varnishes on my projects and my wife has a thing for redecorating... all the time So this is my next 'research' project.... looking at those and getting as much info as I can and feedback.


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