One man's opinion on the basic workshop
Synopsis: Robert Sutter has a workshop brimming with machines: a 10-in. tablesaw, a 13-in. thicknesser, a long-bed jointer, sanding machines, an overarm router, a drill press, and a two-spindle dowel borer. In this article, he tackles the question of which machines would he choose if he had to limit himself to three. He explains which he’d pick and why and then cheats with a fourth entry. And he’d include a box of hand tools, too.
Open the big double doors to my cabinetmaking shop in Rye, New York and you’ll see an array of woodworking machinery. Right up front, where it’s handy, is a ten-inch table saw and next to it, a thirteen-inch thicknesser. In a side aisle squats a heavy-duty, long-bed nine-inch jointer. Scattered about the shop where they fit in best are several sanding machines and an overarm router. And if you nose around a bit,…