Outfitting A Home Shop: Stationary Tools

A review of important stationary tools to outfit a wood shop in your home, with tips and ratings of various tools. Every shop is a reflection of it’s owner and the type of work being done, and this video may give you some ideas about how to outfit your shop.
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20 Replies to “Outfitting A Home Shop: Stationary Tools”

  1. Nice video. Well said. Although I would have changed some of the orders of needing it was still helpful to a lot of beginning wood workers.

  2. I have a bit of space in my back yard and I'm thinking of building a basic work shop. How big of a space would you think I need in terms of square footage? Also how big would you say your shop is?

  3. I have a question. Well, i can set it up in my house such as in my garage but it may effect to the neighbour as dust and the noise. It is possible or accept from city ?

  4. PLEASE engage the computer-generated "closed caption" YouTube feature for your videos. My hearing sucks, even with aids, and having the CC on makes the vids more understandable and useful.

  5. Jointers can also be used to take cuping and twist out of boards too
    which allows you to use wood you ordinarily wouldnt touch

  6. I am a DIY GUY who loves woodworking. I do appreciate your practical advice. I look at lot of videos and some shops layout and tools seem to be the end in itself.

  7. My kudos to you for the gift of your video. Your presentation was well-considered and probably very helpful to
    a great many people. It's always distressing to view comments where people shove their belligerent and negative
    responses around. But you handle them with grace. Some cultures say 'alumin…ium', when it isn't even spelled
    with the extra 'i' before the end, but we don't judge them. You embraced terminology that is normal, and even
    correct for the tool suppliers that sold you these items. Your comments on the application and importance of the
    various tools reflects an accurate and advisory point regarding most users who are setting up or looking to expand.
    None of us are perfect parallels to your situation, but you never even hinted that yours was the only way. Please
    don't be discouraged by the little chickenshit jabs anonymous folks can't resist sending. I have all of your shown
    tools and equipment, in larger versions, and salute your approach.

  8. Why is a planar higher on the list than the band saw? Unless you're recycling old wood, I don't really see the need for a planar. Personally, my favourite tool is either my scroll saw or my drill press, but I tend to do smaller scale, detail-oriented pieces. Still, I don't see the need for a planar or really even a jointer. There are other easy ways to accomplish the same task and you don't need to take up extra space in your shop for a dedicated tool for planing.

  9. Well done! I've been a professional woodworker for 40 years and have had almost a dozen shops of all sizes. I agree with your purchase and strategic priorities for a basic/starter shop just about 100%, especially for the carpentry-oriented home shop. Of course, if the emphasis is instead on solid wood cabinetmaking and woodworking, a good (big) jointer and bandsaw would come higher on the list. I especially second your advice on the often overlooked value of open space. When you get past pure tool lust and face reality, you realize that a lot more work gets accomplished in a reasonably equipped shop where you can move around freely than in the same space crammed so full of machinery that it becomes a virtual warehouse…

  10. I am crying here!!! Why do Americans call it a jointer??? What does it joint? It's a surface planer! And the 'planer' as u call it is a thicknesser (it thicknesses timber) Americans are so backwards but nice video 🙂

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