Originally Posted by zkool448
Too bad I can only do woodwork when weather permits, during winter in the garage is no fun without heat, a heated shop would be nice to have.
Summer is a bit tough for me. it was 96 degrees here today. I can only use the shop late at night with the garage door open. By the way, the Florida state bird is the mosquito.
Originally Posted by oneplustwo
If only... still need a router and router table. A planer and vacuum system would be nice. Band saw? Jig saw? Drum sander? Belt sander? A bunch of pipe clamps? *sigh* The list goes on and on.
Regarding the planer, they only create a constant thickness board. A planer will not ensure that a board is flat. A jointer is required to to make the surface flat. That being said, it is of no use having a planer that is wider than your jointer unless you purchase S3S wood.
You can easily get buy without a band saw for a long time unless you plan to resaw wood (to make thinner planks like two 3/8" thick boards from a single 4/4 board). I'd put this tool way down on the list.
Skip the jig saw too (although you can get one for $50) and get a scroll saw. It is much easier to make accurate cuts and you can clamp a fence to the table to make straight cuts with it. A suitable one can be had for $99.
Regarding the drum sander, You can attach a sanding drum to a drill press and the I guarantee you'll use a drill press more than a drum sander.
I must say that a belt sander is quite useful. get a bench sander with a high speed disk on it. I use the disk sander to tune up miter cuts all the time. It is very accurate.
TIP: purchase a couple of 45/45/90 triangles from the art supply and use them to set your miter gages exactly 90 degrees or 45 degrees to the sanding disk/table saw blade.
For clamps I said before I use rubber bands, shock cord, and binder clips. You can get enough for pretty much any project for less than $20. I also have a nail gun and use it to attach scraps of wood to a scrap of melamine board to aid in assembly. That, some bands or shock cord, and a plastic bag between the work to prevent it from sticking to the wood clamps works great for the stuff I do. I've attached a photo showing how I do this.