(Don't look for a part 1)
It's been a fun year. And expensive. I've gone from having a set of four cordless tools and a storage shed to having a decent amount of real tools and a shop. Yes, a shop. It's official, since my wife commented on it the other day.
I'm ready to take my woodworking to the next level by acquiring some 'next level' tools. I promise not to be stubborn this time and listen, but I do have some limitations on space and money that I've alluded to earlier.
Chisels - I've got some cheap HF ones, but I was looking at a set of the Blue Marpels for every day use. Barring some super sale on LV or LN ones.
Planes - I'll probably save this for a separate thread, as I'm completely new to it.
Band saw - yes, again. I did manage to find room in the shop for a 12" or 14" model. It appears that the G0555 is the standard at the entry price point, but I'm interested to hear alternatives if I see some used.
Jointer - I probably best have room for a benchtop, but I *think* I could make room for a floor stander as well. My wallet might not, though. This would really help me build the tables I am looking to make.
OSS - I can get away with the drum sander on the drill press for a little bit, but one is calling my name to make some chairs with. Considering the Ridgid 4663
Dust collector - this is a tricky one. Right now I am using a '3HP' shop vac with a 5gal separator bucket and lid, when I could use it on just the one extension cord. I picked up a long extension cord to put it on it's own circuit, because it was drawing too much power for one along with a tool.
Without the band saw or the floor jointer, I definitely have the floor room for a DC like the Harbor Freight one. I say floor, because I'm not sure if it would fit vertically. With a filter? Probably. I see a multitude of alternatives here besides trying to shove it in there regardless:
- Build a freestanding enclosure outside to store the DC, and pipe into the shop
- Keep my current setup and be satisfied with only getting the big stuff
- Go with a wall-mount DC
Aside from finding room for the Full Monty, I'm disinclined from building a new structure. I'd rather build a bigger shop, and that in itself would be a huge undertaking. The wall-mount DC definitely has some potential, even if it doesn't perform as well. I could mount it high on a wall and have room underneath for any number of things. I have heard that this isn't the recommended approach, and I'd like to hear why. I assume it's because of horsepower. If I went floor, I'd go with the HF one that's always on sale. Otherwise, I'd go with the green HF DC and mount it, or the Rockler or the EZ Mount at Peachtree.
I'll take all suggestions at this point.