My Five Essential Power Tools
Why the tablesaw would not be at the top of my list
Synopsis: Veteran woodworker Gary Rogowski offers his perspective on how he’d buy machines for his shop if he had to start all over again. This article should help you figure out the tasks that are most important to you and which machines will help you accomplish those jobs. Your projects will go a long way toward determining your choice of equipment and vice versa. You’ll learn how to shop for the model that best suits your work.
One of the few things woodworkers agree upon is that we all love tools. It is this love that got many of us hooked on woodworking in the first place. We also need good tools so that we can do good work. From this benign and congenial starting point, all hell breaks loose. It seems as if everyone has the correct opinion about which tools to have in the shop, their type, their capacity and, above all, in what order to buy them.
Leaving aside the important and absolutely essential world of hand tools, let me venture into these dragon-filled waters with my own opinions about power tools and how best to outfit a shop step by step. I can’t speak to every situation or shop environment, but I can offer my perspective on how I’d buy machines if I had to start all over again. This article will help you figure out the tasks that are most important and which machines will help you accomplish these jobs.
Never go shopping without a list
Tools are not bought the same way as groceries. You don’t load up your shopping cart with some tools you need, a few items on sale and a couple of impulse buys on your way out. You don’t put one tool back because it’s too…