Wood working power tools

Discussion in 'Remodel Forum & Blog' started by Ian Gills, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    For all my woodwork I use a handsaw and the occassional chisel.

    But Christmas is coming soon and some carpentry power tools might be good for the list.

    Any recommendations?
  2. Tyman 2

    Tyman 2 Licensed Plumber

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    Are you serious?
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    What do you want to do? You talking finish carpentry? Fine furniture? Big things like a bedroom set in hardwoods, or painted built-in shelves? Without knowing what you want to do, how much room you have, and some sort of a budget, it's a total WAG (wild a.. guess).
  4. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    I was supposed to get a tablesaw, bandsaw and a jointer last weekend for free. Checked out the stuff on Thursday and told the couple (neighbor's of the wife's grandparents) that I would pick them up on Sunday when I had a couple of strong backs to help.

    Got there Sunday and their son found out and came and took the bandsaw and the jointer. I got the tablesaw but I already have one, I was pissed but of course didn't let them know.



    I'm still pissed about that.
  5. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Thanks to all the replies so far.

    I am being serious.

    I am remodeling my basement so want to be able to cut pieces of wood for flooring, stairs (prbbaly pre-made but will need trimming), window trim etc. Simple sawing stuff.

    So, what sort of small table saw would be good? Are jigsaws useful? Any other stuff? All the essentials a basic DIYer should have, not a wood shop pro.

    I really do not know what is available out there.
  6. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    For floors I would say you should get:
    1. miter chop saw, one that slides is better. ($200-400, mine was ~$200, miters one way)
    2. 10" table saw for ripping long peices. ($150-350)
    3. jig saw (for cutting around door jams and such. ($60-150)

    I've got all these if you feel like taking a trip south Ian. :D I got my stuff for putting down wood floors.
    I'm assuming you're doing engineered wood as opposed to laminate. I have laminate - I wish I would've dropped the extra coin for engineered.
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    If you don't already have a compressor and finish nailer, that would also help out with your trim work.
  8. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    A good sliding mitre saw with available extension tables (you may add them later). This could substitute for a radial arm saw if the arm is fairly long. This is good for mitering trim as well as flooring. the table extensions make it reasonable to work on long pieces of trim or flooring.

    A plunge router is handy if you are going to be doing things like making pockets for the set-in hinges on doors and things. Also handy to route slots for making bookcases (although you may be able to do this with the miter saw but not as cleanly). A small router like a RotoZip is handy to cut drywall or paneling around outlets or other electric boxes. With attachments, you can do a bunch of other things okay (specialized tools do it better, but it's not bad).

    A laser level is a good tool to have. One that supports a rotating head is good if you need to project a line around the room. One that can project a line in all three axis is also handy.
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