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  • Looking for advice on setting up a small woodshop

    I am just getting started and plan to set up a new woodshop. I am looking for advice on what are the basic must-have tools I need to have in my shop. There appears to be an overwhelming number of tools that do all kinds of different things and I could spend a fortune on them (assuming my wife would let me!). What I want to do is start out building some things that would be helpful in the shop like a workbench. From there move into progressively more challenging furniture projects. Any advice is appreciated.

    Dave

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    The tool that you want forst is a good table saw, that will be the center of your workshop. I have the Ridgid TS 2424 that I have just modified to allow 38.5" wide rips by moving the fence rails and adding a side table. After that I would consider a good router, probably a plunge router. You will want something to perform crosscuts and miters so a compound or sliding compud miter saw is a good choice there. You will probably eventually want to be able to prep rough stock (big $ saver) so you will want a jointer and planer. One other thing that you will want to consider pretty early in the process is controlling dust with either a shop vac or DC. I have heard other people suggest that first pick a project and then buy the tools that you need to complete it. Like I said earlier, a good table saw will end up on the list for almost everything that you make.

    Hope this helps

    -Rob

    -Rob<br /> <a href=\"http://home.comcast.net/~robritch/\" target=\"_blank\">http://home.comcast.net/~robritch/</a> <br />Damn, I hit the wrong nail again. Ouch that hurts

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    • #3
      Thanks Rob! That helps a lot.

      Dave

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      • #4
        Not a problem. I was in the same boat a few months ago, basically forwarding the information that was given me

        -Rob
        -Rob<br /> <a href=\"http://home.comcast.net/~robritch/\" target=\"_blank\">http://home.comcast.net/~robritch/</a> <br />Damn, I hit the wrong nail again. Ouch that hurts

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        • #5
          You have all ready received great advice. The only addition I would make is to be sure and buy quality tools. You'll save more in the long run. By your posting here on RIDGID's site it's apparent you know where to go for solid information.

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