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Just for fun question?1/31
Hey all, I was putting around in the shop this week end and looking for a tool that I have, but couldn't find it. I noticed that the overhead router and the line boring machine tops looked like work benches with the clutter on them. I started to think there is lots of machines that never seem to get used.
Interesting question Scott, and this is a scenario many of us have faced. But come on, you know the truth behind anyone getting into woodworking is to eventually own a shop jam packed with all the cool equipment!
Mitch, ya valid point, I was thinking of bigger machines, I agree with you that dust collection, air compressors, miter saws and pneumatic and power hand tools are all essentials and would be separate. Maybe I should have said in what order would you purchase some bigger machines.
There is not much that can be done with just 3 pieces of equipment.
I spent a few years (1972-1980) with a Sears 10" table saw, a Sears 6" jointer, a Dunlap (ancient Sears) 3 wheel bandsaw and a Powermatic variable speed lathe. I did make a houseful of furniture - beds, doors, tables, shelves - and lots of toys for the young ones. This was a hobby shop, not much done for sale in the garage.
The first expansion included a Delta 15" planer, a Delta drill press, a 14" Delta band saw, and a bench mount hollow chisel mortiser as well as a screaming single bag dust collector. This was a first attempt at a professional shop.
An auction provided a ton of clamps, and an ancient Rockwell shaper (with about 300 knives). Upgraded to a Delta 10" table saw, and a Delta 8" jointer. Then it was off to the bank for a loan and then the real stuff started....
This is easy.
For what I do, that's all I really need.
I didn't own a table saw for the first 2 years of business.
Easy for me too. Slider(we have 2 with tiger rip fences), Bander and double line boring machine. The only extra is my hinge boring machine. Our stuff is modern, so no planer,shaper,jigsaw or molder.harold.