Hi all, I am getting close to setting up a new shop, and I have read countless books, posts, and magazines about what to get and what not to get, but am still looking for more suggestions.
Currently, I'm trying to decide on a jointer, planer, and table saw. Here's the current break down:
- Bandsaw - I've pretty much decided on the Grizzly G0555 with the 6" extension block, but I'm open to other suggestions.
- Jointer - I'm currently looking at 6" Ridgid and 6" Grizzly models, as well as the 8" Grizzly. From the comments I've read, many people suggest getting an 8" if possible. For those that believe this is this the right thing to do, could you offer a few cases where it comes in handy (like pieces of furniture or whatever). That 8" lacks a mobile stand and shipping is double the 6" Grizzly.
- Planer - I'm currently looking at the 13" Ridgid or possibly the 12" Makita. Both seemed to get good reviews in this months Wood Magazine.
- Table Saw - I'm still up in the air about this. I can't decide between a good hybrid saw or cabinet saw. The new Grizzly G1023RL looks pretty nice. I would like to get one with a riving knife though. Ridgid seems to be lacking one at the moment, and all they'll tell me is they're working on a replacement for the R4511.
I have checked Craig's List and I'll continue to do so, but nothing exciting has turned up there lately.
I was looking at the new 10" Jet Planer/Jointer combo, but there doesn't seem to be a ton of reviews for it yet and the short table seems to scare most people.
I'd mostly be doing small cabinets and furniture. I am doing this as a hobby for now, but I do plan to do this for a while -- which is why I'd like to spend a little more now and not have to buy new stuff again in a couple of years.
As far as shop space goes, I have a 30'x22' detached garage. I need to be able to move most of the things along a wall to fit a F150 and a small tractor, but I can definitely move the truck out overnight when the need arises .
I am trying to stay within a budget (~$3000), so getting the 8" jointer and a cabinet saw are pushing it a bit, but if it's the right thing to do, I'd rather do that and hold off on a few other things.
Also, the local lumber yard sells S2S wood, so I'm not sure how often I'd need to join the faces of wide boards. I don't mind doing some hand planing as well.
Thanks for any suggestions and comments!