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20 Replies to “Top 5 Most Used Stationary Woodworking Power Tools”

  1. The table saw is the most dangerous stationary tool in the shop. That is why one should always purchase the best they can afford. My first table saw cost $150 new and it tried to kill me every time I used it. The fence would never stay parallel with the blade and it had no riving knife. Damn thing was scary to use. The feelings of wood binding and kick backs haunt me to this day. 2 decades later I still won't rip thin strips between the fence and the blade even with my good saw. I still have that little Protech stuffed in the corner if anyone wants to buy it, lol

  2. Getting started woodworking, definitely get a bandsaw. It's safer than a table saw, it's fun to use, and it builds confidence. It's the bicep curl of woodworking. It's easy to do, you get visible results a lot faster which in turn motivates you to do more. For me, starting out, having the ability to take a scrap piece of 2×6 and turn it into a toy gun for the kids, cool boxes, or really just about anything you can imagine, got me wanting to do more. Seems like most everything is square these days. Bring some curves and shape into your life. And, of course, mount a router upside down into a table top to finish it all off. People will be like "wow, you made that?"

  3. 4:25 – "Buy a Saw Stop" – I can't agree with you there – Saw Stop is a "Patent Troll" company that does not have the best interest of the woodworker or consumer in their heart. If they did they would be like Volvo who revolutionized the safety of auto industry and consumer by opening their patent for the 3 point seat belt. Volvo did not charge or seek out litigation for any automaker that used it thereby saving millions of lives and reducing risk of injury or death by 50 percent in the event of a collision. I'm all for free market and profit but I don't care for sanctimonious praise for the greedy.

  4. I'd probably slip in a dust collector on the list of nescessary tools around the same time I was introducing either a table saw, jointer, router or sander to a new shop. For starters a cheap 2hp unit wont break the bank and your lungs would thank you for it.

  5. How about compressor and nail gun?  I hate nailing finish nails.  I understand the drum sander.  I built your fancy frame and got $550 for it and my painting. I attribute a lot of it to the frame thanks for your help.

  6. I have a hobby shop in my garage, and I keep everything mobile so it can be quickly moved around. All of my benches/carts are custom to my specific needs, but a little ingenuity can make a small space productive.

    My tablesaw is a Dewalt jobsite. It's now built into a workbench with a router lift with integrated dust collection plenum for both tools. I also have a custom fence (John Heisz inspired), which greatly expands the use. I can do cuts over 36", which will suffice for everything I need to do. Additionally, I can lower the blade on the tablesaw and router, and I've got some additional workbench space.

    I have another mobile cart with a small tabletop 6" jointer (Pointer Cable from Lowes), with a Ridgid 13" planer underneath all tied back to a common dust collection plenum. The jointer is small, but I can do longer pieces with some patience. I've built a planer sled for flattening wider pieces, when necessary.

    I also have a pine Roubo style workbench with a drop-caster system, which is in my opinion, the first thing a hobby shop guy should build once they have a couple of other tools. The versatility is unmatched for my needs. I can do all my hand tool, clamping, glue-ups, etc in comfort.

  7. Great points as usual! As a fairly new WW I watch you a lot and find your work inspirational. Thanks for always bringing it for people at all levels!

  8. Jointers and planers, yes depending on what kind of work you do most of the time and how much space (and spare change) you have. I agree that they're not necessary , especially for starters and you can get very far without them, depending as you said on what kind of work you end up doing and what materials you use, but for example in my case they are absolutely invaluable. A good drum sander is a must if you work a lot with highly figured wood or for example, end grain cutting boards or large flat surfaces that have to be sanded.

    I felt I should've added some context to a comment I made on the previous video about maybe getting a few other stationary power tools before investing in a table saw. Fortunately you covered the danger aspect and the avoidance of going for a cheap one. My view is that it is very important to take the time and invest in a good quality tablesaw or if you absolutely cannot survive without one, then investing in a good quality contractor saw. You might never have to replace the contractor saw or it will serve you long enough that you can invest in a good table saw and still be useful for on-site work etc. The idea is that you get the safety features and the manufacturing quality that you probably won't need to replace or upgrade…unless the time comes that you need to invest in a beam saw or slider. There's nothing wrong with getting an older saw or continuing to use one. Hell, my saw was made in 1985 when there was still a West Germany so there, but it has to be remembered there are trade-offs, usually with the safety equipment not being up to modern standards and one has to be aware of that when using the saw in a safe manner.

  9. Hello jon 🙂 mentioning the table saw most dangerous tool at shop , i saw those results here on some who working on wood servicing shops here 🙁 almost all of them losing a finger or 2 including my good buddy there , in one case i saw someone with only 2 fingers per hand 🙁 at this moment was the decision of no table saw ever .

  10. Another great video Jon, I love to hear your opinions, even if on occasion ( very seldom ) I don't share that opinion, I still respect yours. An older wood worker told me to buy my last tool first even if I had to wait and save for it. That has proven to be the most valuable advice I've been given yet.

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