Top 5 Stationary Woodworking Power Tools For Beginners

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Whether they’re just getting started, or have been involved with woodworking for a while, many woodworkers wonder what woodworking power tools they should add to their shop.

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16 Comments

  1. Charles Rice says:

    The jointer and planer seem pretty similar, but the jointer can handle larger pieces. If one was only working with small pieces, would the planer suffice, or is there more to the jointer than meets the eye?

  2. Any of those will make you say, "How did I function until now without this?" Personally, I would add a combination belt and disc sander, edging either the router table or the band saw to 6th place.

  3. billfromelma says:

    Great video , Ummmm, I'very had a few or those "kerfluee" projects.

  4. cejkwo Mass says:

    Agree with you completely.

  5. If I wanted to build a kerfluee, what tools would I need.. LOL. I agree with the list, I have 3 out of the 5, I still need a planer and jointer in my workshop.

  6. Any suggestion on a jointer? I'm on a budget and looking for a bench one or one that has a small footprint.

  7. Mark Sarpy says:

    I do wood working here and there. wish I had the money! I have 1 out of the 5.

  8. Now now George… a planer doesn't make boards flat, just makes both faces parallel i.e.same thickness. That's why everyone else in the world calls them thicknessers. You have to start at the jointer to get flat. I know you know this well, but you did aim this vid at beginners and may have confused one or two of them 🙂

  9. P0tat07 says:

    Now matter how many people say that the table saw is the heart of every woodworking shop, and i totally agree with that, but the bandsaw is and will always be my favorite machine. I've ended up wasting numerous hours just cutting scrap wood, I lose track of time at the bandsaw. If you were to add a 6th tool, it would obviously be a drill press. You can sand, mortise, and obviously drill with it!

  10. David Clink says:

    The only alternative I see here is the table saw for a Radial Arm Saw(RAS) Obviously they have fallen from grace. I bought mine in 1980 to finish off a reck room and I didn't have room for a table saw which has to almost be in the middle of the room. Used them a lot in other places but for me the RAS can sit against the wall with table on either side and I can do virtually anything a table saw can do. I had to make a 58 degree cut and couldn't do it on a TS without a jig. Recently the recall for mine provided me with all new top and I learned some set up idead that has it cutting perfectly. Hard to fnd anymore and never see them at Shows. also all the accessories are made for Ts"s. Crosscutting with my RAS seems easier as I don't need a sled like most use. A downside I found is with the Clean Cut blades. They require a saw that goes through the wood beyond the teeth to sand the edge smooth. I just use better blades and get a fine edge. Just offering an alternative to those without ample room for a cabinet table saw.

  11. If I remember correctly, you can have a look at Hyezmar’s design in his Woodworking Bible (google it), I think you can get a great alternative for this project.

  12. There are many components to building a table saw. One place I found which successfully combines these is the Wilfs Wood Blueprint (google it if you're interested) it's the most helpful blueprint that I have ever heard of. look at the interesting info .

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