I also rely on some power tools to do the power lifting and grunt work. Some of the selection might not be traditional but it works for me.
Some of the missing players is the table saw. I did own a table saw as many have, but being in a one car garage, space is limited. I always wanted to be able to resaw the lumber, specially for the tinner stock where starting with 4/4 rough lumber with the planer eating away most of the stock, which seemed wasteful.
I’ve been tinkering with the idea of getting a bigger bandsaw to be able to resaw and started to question if I could part away with the table saw. Could I do most of the operation, if not all, with the complement of tools I already owned and I identified if there was any gap.
I did sell my table saw, bought the later mentioned band saw and added the tack saw for handling the bigger panels that the band saw table could not handle. I agree that the rip cut of the band saw if not as ready as the equivalent on the table saw. With the band saw well tuned, nothing that a few pass of a fine tuned plane can not handle, a trade off that I can handle in my work flow.
I own an 8″ jointer. It is a Delta DJ20 and have been very satisfied since I own it. I use the jointer to joint one face and get one edge 90 degrees that the just jointed face. What if a board is too wide ? Nothing a hand plane cannot get flat enough to get it then through the planer.
I still got the original head with the 3 knives, but I plan to upgrade this one with some sort of helical head in some close future. Last time I changed the knives made me wonder if there were a better way to get sharper results faster. I also hear that the results are quieter with this type of head instead of the straight knives. I will take anything to lessen the noise of the power tools.
I own a 13″ Dewalt DW735 planer. So far, it’s been a pretty good companion to the jointer. Been pretty satisfied with the unit and with the blade change being pretty easy. Only thing is that the Dewalt blades can’t be resharpen and must be purchased new, if you so choose to buy the originals. Also, don’t forget to clean the rollers once in the while of the dust/chips that can get stuck after a while. You will notice that it really needs attention when the stock has issue going through the planer.
So far, the convenience of the mobility has served me plenty. Would a bigger be better ? Maybe, but so far so good.
I own a Laguna SE3000 16″ band saw and outfitted it with a Wood Slicer Resaw Bandsaw Blade from Highland Woodworking. Been very satisfied so far with this combo. My main use for the band saw is for resaw lumber and for some rip cuts that I don’t want to waste too much material.
Laguna SUV 16 Bandsaw
I also own a portable table saw from SkilSaw having a work drive motor. I mainly use it for ripping boards and offer a cleaner line then the bandsaw. For the purpose that I use it, it make an awesome job and the power is good enough for what I do with it. On thicker stock, I just slow down.
Fixed Dust Collection
My main dust collection in the shop was a single stage 2HP collector from King Industrial. See the picture below.
I had been tinkering with the idea of a full cyclone dust collector for a little while but most had dimensions issues. I decided to DIY my dust collector and use the motor of my single stage collector and do my main collection and separation with this :
I also added the following filter a the end of the motor so that the fine particule be filtered when going back in the shop.
Portable Dust Collection
My portable/smaller tool dust collection is a Festool CT26 outfitted with a Oneida Dust Deputy. The Deputy is the main reason that I chose a smaller capacity unit, being able to save on the cost of replacing the bags. It also is great for separating the dust. The CT26 offers varying levels of succion and also offers a power outlet to power portable tools. Having most of my portable power tools Festool, A permanent festool cord in plugged in so hooking a unit in makes it a breeze.
I own 2 routers, one that is fixed in a table and the other to go mobile to do a variety of tasks that it can accomplish
The first is a Festool OF1400 with the edge guide. This router does great job with dust collection on pretty much all the operation that I’ve been throwing at it for the past 4 years. Dust collection is always hooked on through the shroud. When doing edge work, there is an adapter extending the suction from the top dust collection.
The second router is fixed in a router table. The router is a Milwaukee 3.25 HP router installed into a Jessem Master Lift Excel. It is the first model of the table and have since been upgraded. This duo has made table routing pretty easy. My only complaint so far has been the dust collection under the table when using raised panel bits. I must install something to better catch the chips/dust as most of it falls on the floor or gets into the air.
My sander of choose is a Festool EST 150/3, 6″ sander. Another Festool tool, mainly for dust collection and so far, has done a pretty good job when paired with dust collection. Again, dust collection is not an after taught as with most Festool tools and no adapter required to hook up a hose to capture the dust. Please hook up a hose for your dust collection, don’t just rely on the paper bag with the sander. You won’t regret it.
Well, I’ve covered this one on a few post on the blog side of the site. Long story short, the TS55REQ had a recall and opted for the upgrade option. I now own a Festool TS75 track saw. Yes it’s big and heavier then it’s smaller cousin the TS55REQ.
I kept the original blade in the saw which has given good result so far without too much splinters as it exits the cut. I’ve use this say mainly for crosscut, paired with the MFT/3 from Festool. I may be looking at getting a cross cut blade eventually.
I own a combo kit from Dewalt that has a Hammer drill and impact driver. It’s just been upgraded to a brushless combo from Dewalt using 20V battery system. They work like a charm. Being brushless and a new set of batteries were welcomed.
Having 2 drills have been invaluable for some activities and was part of the reason I decided to go with a combo kit and not just an updated hammer drill with batteries.
I do have a Festool T-15 Drill that was used a my sole drill/driver for a while but is now sharing with the Dewalt drill above. Having 2 drills with different bits chucked in them is useful in some occasion.
Oscillating spindle sander
I started to experiment in curves and some other project that I started and having this addition to the shop is pretty good. I selected a bench top model suiting my needs so far.
I have bought a Jessem router table a little while ago at an auction and got it at a pretty good price. I had a Milwaukee 3hp motor and have all the different accessories that came as if were brand new.