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  • Hi, Jim Thompson from the Furniture Workshop. Today I'd like to talk about setting-up

  • your first woodworking shop.

  • Now if you're thinking about getting into woodworking but aren't sure where to start.

  • I've got some tips on low-cost gear to get your workshop up and running. You might think

  • that woodworking is an expensive hobby but it really doesn't have to be. Years ago,

  • I wanted to get back into woodworking but I didn't because I thought I couldn't

  • afford the gear. But I discovered you really don't need a garage full of tools to have

  • a productive workshop.

  • Now this is a topic I've spoken about before. Today I'm going to cover just the bare essentials,

  • so you can get rolling, even if you have limited funds. I've picked a dozen or so tools thatll

  • help you build a wide range of woodworking projects with a budget of five hundred dollars.

  • In this video, I'll go over your biggest purchase - a table saw. Now this is one tool

  • that I recommend you pick-up used. You may only need to buy a couple of your first tools

  • second hand. The rest you can get new and with some luck, stick to our five hundred

  • dollar budget. So, here's a quick overview of my top tools

  • for a brand new workshop. You're going to need a table saw as well

  • as a dado blade set. A plunge router and small set of router bits. Some used pipe clamps

  • for all your assembly work. And you'll also want a general purpose sander, a combination

  • square and good pair of safety glasses. Now there are a few other small hand tools

  • that you'll also want to have. I'll cover those items in part two of this video series.

  • But right now, let's get into the table saw details. I recommend a budget of a hundred

  • fifty dollars for your first table saw. You should have good luck finding a decent used

  • table saw on Craigslist. Now to get a quick look at the saws on Craigslist in my area,

  • I type-in "table saw" in quotes, set my price range to one to two hundred dollars,

  • then select "pic" and "gallery" and start hunting.

  • Here are the features I recommend you look for when searching for your table saw. Get

  • a standard-sized, ten-inch blade saw that includes a rip fence and a miter gauge. I

  • recommend you avoid the bench top models as they tend to get beat up moving from one jobsite

  • to the next. Plus, if you get a bench top model, you're going to need to find or build

  • yourself a bench for the saw. Now a cast iron table is a plus as it adds

  • stability to the saw compared to steel or aluminum tops. And if you find a saw with

  • cast iron top, don't be afraid of a little surface rust, it's easy to get that cleaned-off.

  • Bring a short length of one by eight pine stock to test the cutting action. A couple

  • test cuts will give you a chance to see if the current blade is in decent shape and try

  • out the saw's miter gauge and rip fence. I recommend you make ninety as well as forty-five

  • degree cross cuts to insure the saw blade can tilt properly. And when you're checking

  • out a saw, ask if the seller has any other accessories that come along. The seller may

  • throw-in spare blades, push sticks and any blade guards or safety gear that may have

  • been removed when it was initially purchased. In addition to the typical eighth-inch cuts

  • you'll make, you'll also want to cut dado joints on your saw, so ask if the seller's

  • willing to part with dado blades. A new set of dado blades will run you around fifty dollars,

  • so a used set may save you a few bucks. I'll cover some more details on dado blades in

  • a bit. As far as manufacturers are concerned, Delta

  • and Craftsman are two of the most post popular brands in this price range but you may get

  • lucky and find a Jet saw in this range. The used Jet saws aren't as common as the others

  • but tend to have less wear and tear for your money. That's what makes them one of my

  • favorites. One final thought on table saws. As you look

  • over the available choices, you'll realize that the saw's may not be much to look at.

  • But don't worry - you'll definitely be able to get a saw that will perform well for the

  • first couple of years. Now next-up on the tool list are dado blades.

  • Now if dado blades don't come with your table saw, here are some tips on buying a

  • new set. If you're not familiar with them, dado blades

  • are a versatile accessory for your table saw. They let you quickly create dado and rabbit

  • joints for a wide range of projects. The joints on fixed shelving units are a great example

  • of a common dado joint. Now Milbro makes a popular 8" dado set,

  • similar to this one. It has carbide tipped blades and sells for about forty-two dollars

  • on Amazon right now. The eight inch diameter of this Milbro model is a good size as you

  • don't need the cut depth on dado blades as you would on a regular saw blade. Now you'll

  • want to get the correct arbor size for your table saw. The most common size arbor is five

  • eighth inches. And to go along with your dado blades, I recommend

  • you get a dado insert like this one. A dado insert provides a safer and more stable environment

  • to work on. Decent-quality dado inserts are typically available for fifteen to twenty-five

  • dollars online. The only catch is you have to shop around to find an insert to fit your

  • saw, so be sure to ask the seller if he or she has one for you when you pick out your

  • saw. So, that covers my table saw recommendations.

  • In part two of this video, I'll go over my tactics for low-cost clamps, routers and

  • sanders. In the meantime, if you'd like more woodworking tool tips, projects and plans,

  • visit our website at HomegrownFurniture.com. And to get notified for part two of this series,

  • you can subscribe to the Furniture Workshop Channel right over here.

  • And thanks for stopping by.

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