When you step into any business, you want an estimate of how much it will cost you to get going. There is always an initial investment woodworking as there is in any other business. Most of the people are discouraged to step into the world of woodworking because of the boisterous initial estimate they get when they search for the prices of the tools. There is always another way around the problem because no one wants to spend thousands of dollars right in the start. This articles serves as an alternate strategy to help your set up your shop under a budget.
1. Procurement Approach
Since we are on a budget, we can’t go from shop to shop and look for the latest or the most expensive version and actually there is no need to because woodworking is a craft and your projects will be as good as much you put an effort into them. The strategy here isn’t to go for the cheapest tools either because it would only be a waste of money if the tool fails or doesn’t give satisfactory performance.
2. Kernels of your Shop
Every woodworking shop has some tools that are the most crucial and in general, these are your table saw, thickness planer and router. According to The Sharp Cut, the table saw is the heart of almost every shop so this is the tool we need to really focus on. The value of table saw for a workshop is irreplaceable and so are its functions, it offers peerless precision in ripping and crosscutting as well. Since we are going for a used one, we need to make sure we get something that’s actually worth buying. Join some woodworking forums and google for used table saws in your areas, post the links at the forum where you will get a lot of opinions based on which you can make your decision.
You can find a good 3 hp table saw for around $100 and don’t forget to try and bargain as much as you can. If you plan to go for a cabinet saw, then save around $600-$1200 for a good cabinet saw. The next crucial instrument we need is a thickness planer. It offers drastic changes in your projects by enhancing the creativity as well as the possibilities by allowing you to utilize wood of any thickness in your projects. A planer can cost you around $400 depending upon the size and its functions. It’s better if it also has a dust collection system since it’s crucial for a planer so you don’t have to spend your money separately on a dust collection system. You can clean the dust from other tools such as table saw and router using a shop vacuum. After that you can clean your shop with a steam cleaner to make sure your shop is dust free and clean. The router is our third most crucial instrument and its versatility is nonpareil. Not only it trims and cut fancy edges, it also cuts mortises, rabbets and dadoes as well. Adding a table to your router only enhances its flexibility. A router will cost you 20 at most.
3. Other Tools
After you are done with your essential tools, you need to make a list according to the priority and the use of the tools. Forage for the new ones, used ones and compare their prices and see if it’s worth buying a new one or a used one will be satisfactory. You don’t need to go for every tool right in the start. Go for the ones that are enough to get you started. You necessarily don’t need a band saw to cut curves, a jigsaw can mostly handle the task. Going for best tools is better since you can bargain as much you want and go for the one that works best for you.