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7 Essential Power Tools for Beginning Woodworkers | Woodworking Basics

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If you are just starting out in woodworking, congratulations! You are embarking on a meaningful and productive hobby. I want to assure you that it doesn’t have to break the bank to get started. Here are my recommendations for the power tools you’ll need to get started. BTW, did you know you can set up shop for less than 00? Download my FREE GUIDE ►► https://theweekendwoodworker.com/tww-tools/
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  1. A decent mitre saw looks to be fairly expensive. Seems a bit of a waste to buy one if you're also going to buy a table saw, which can do the same cuts.

  2. This is pretty bad advice. Anyone interested in woodworking should start with a cheap used table saw with cast iron top and wings. A Jet contractor saw for example would be great. Next should be thickness planer. With these two tools and purchasing lumber S3S, 90% of projects can be made. Most experienced woodworkers use a miter saw as rough cuts for length and while everyone has one, it's more of a luxury. Crosscuts should be done on the table saw for final cuts. Next would a jointer. Including things like a jig saw and drill is pretty silly…those are dirt cheap to begin with and can be really cheap used. This is more of a "so you think you might want to build something with wood" list. But I don't really know who that fits. Stick to channels like the Woodwhisperer and Stumpy Nubs. Following this advice will result in purchasing the wrong shitty tools and having to replace them or simply start over.

  3. I love your videos, but I have a question: You mentioned how you can use a table saw to make rip cuts, "cuts along the length of a board." However, aren't rip cuts technically about grain rather than length vs. width? So if you were repurposing a board where its length was going against the grain, wouldn't you be making a cross cut rather than a rip cut (cutting along the length of the board)? Conversely, wouldn't what we traditionally think of as a cross cut become a rip cut (going with the grain)? Similarly, isn't resawing "the process of slicing the timber along the grain direction to reduce it to thinner sections or to make veneers" ("splitting the thickness of the wood to get two thinner slabs")?

  4. I'm surprised that Steve hasn't recommended a dust extrator, or even an air compressor that you can attach multiple woodworking cheap tools into.

  5. I finally have all these tools in my arsenal, except for a decent jigsaw. But I do have a good scroll saw, and I can make curve cuts all day long on that. I finally feel like I can make decent things. The first thing I'm building now is a heavy duty workbench, with a woodworking vise.

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