I just got my bonus at work and while I’m saving most of it, I’m going to spend some of it on some tools . My quandry is, what to get? Here are some of my thoughts and a list of what I have. After that, I’ll open it up to y’all for your thoughts.
I’m setting up my garage workshop, and I need shop cabinets, so I was planning on spending some money on some plywood to build them. I have also seen the new Steel City tablesaw model 35601 on which SC has a nice price ($899) and a nice rebate ($100 off). I’m also considering some planes from Lie-Nielsen (LA block and #4 1/2 smoother). I suppose I could also get some of the new Jet parallel clamps everyone’s raving about.
I have the following power tools:
Ryobi 10in contractor’s table saw
Ridgid 10in miter saw
B&D 18V cordless drill
Milwaukee corded drill
Milwaukee circular saw
Craftsman jig saw
Porter Cable router
Porter Cable ROS
My only hand tools are:
Set of Marples chisels
A fair-to-decent Stanley block plane that I’ve had to tune the heck out of
2 western style hand saws
I’ve heard many of you say to buy the best tools you can afford, and also to buy tools for the projects at hand. Given that this will probably be my last substantial tool purchase for at least the next year, I would like to hear how y’all think I should spend some of my bonus. And yes, I am deliberately not telling you what my budget is.