08.08.2020  Author: admin   Cool Things To Make Out Of Wood
If you can find a local makerspace that has a woodshop, you can woodshop junkies uk capex for opex, get access to far bigger and better tools than you'd junkiess buy starting out, not have to pay for the space to put them in, and likely be able to get training in how to use them woodshop junkies uk and effectively. All the stuff was pretty much brand new. Quai 9 months ago. Being an apprentice is probably bretter, yes. North American content tends to assume "shop" space on a scale that's much less likely to be available to the average UK woodshop junkies uk. He's insanely talented.

I lucked into something where they foolishly offered me all of the classes I could take in three months, so of course I hoovered each class but three up, but I paid attention to the instructors. I spent some time asking them how they liked teaching the classes and watched them pretty carefully, so when I found out that instructors weren't getting paid, I wasn't too surprised. I extended for a couple of months to finish up some projects, but that heavy push at the end is usually the sign of a Membership Death Spiral if you look at it upside down, it's a pyramid.

The folks I quietly warned did not listen and ended up having paid for something they'd never get. I heard of someone at another Techshop who donated some enormous, expensive milling machine to them in exchange for a lifetime membership. Still miss it. The main thing I miss from Techshop is access to a laser cutter. There are an incredible variety of amazing, extremely professional-looking things you can build quickly from craft-grade plywood, a laser cutter, some wood glue, and your favorite wood finish.

Access to a laser cutter is probably also one of the easier things to find, since they're easy to run compared to many other machines. Any leads to one in the bay area? I have several friends with access to one which is fine for one-off jobs, but I don't want to keep bugging them to have to use them regularly. I'd rather have some kind of pay-per-hour system where I can access the building and cutter directly and not feel bad about using it regularly, and without having to interrupt friends' work schedules.

Even cheap ink jet printers print very scale accurate but Not all laser printers are accurate. Does anybody know whether that's still the case, and why? Cerium 9 months ago. Laser printers project the image onto a drum using a laser and a spinning mirror. There can easily be issues with the scale accuracy.

Ink jet printers conventionally move the head along a linear rail with a timing belt and stepper or servo motors; that better guarantees the precision as the pully diameter and step size or encoder resolution are the items determining precision. NortySpock 9 months ago. And nowadays the lasers have been replaced with LEDs, perhaps that changes the equation yet again!

With ink jet alignment errors would maintain the shape and size but the shape might not be aligned perfectly to the page so your errors would only be positional or rotational with photolithography you have perspective and projection transformation errors. That said for wood gears if you cut them by hand I would imagine the tolerance errors from cutting would be worse than from printing unless you are very skilled.

Good point. The LEDs lighting would eliminate horizontal distortion, and if it's a color laser prointer, the vertical scaling has to be just right too or the colors won't register. According to Matthias, this is because inkjet printers require accuracy since print heads for black and different colors, or even each color are spaced differently.

So for the alignment to stick anyone else remember when you had to manually align inkjets? Matthias is one of the all time greats of YouTube woodworking. He does have an HN account and may show up here if he notices enough inbound traffic from this submission.

RNCTX 9 months ago. Very nice. Woodworking has been a hobby of mine off and on my entire adult life. If you go to any woodworking forum you'll find lots of people talking about it, and it has raised the skill level of a lot of people who are new to woodworking considerably, just by making it a "computer friendly" hobby and making more complex designs possible for people without a high amount of basic knowledge. Before the internet, fine woodworking was still something that could only feasibly be learned by apprenticeship.

These days, you see people buying historic homes that need a lot of work, for example, and "just figuring it out. I agree, SketchUp and woodgears was a big part of how I was able to pick up woodworking as a kid. I would prefer the free SketchUp from 10 years ago to the current free tier web app. Does anyone know if any good open source SketchUp-like tools? So you have the immediate feedback of a 'visual' tool, all text driven, git managed and you are probably already familiar with most of the tools.

Yea this approach is not for everyone I'm sure. This is great! Happy to read this. It'll save me many hours. Seeing code getting converted into 3D renderings that you can actually 3D print or woodwork into real life is super cool.

Oh yes. Atleast I did. The only things I found lacking was a measure tool and a cutlist generator. Sure, you can write the code with OpenSCAD to echo dimensions but having a measure tool can be really useful. No need to elaborate on cutlist. And I put my plans in git too! If you want this, just go straight to FreeCAD and invest the time to learn it.

I very much doubt a GUI interface is going to be faster than a text interface, in fact it will be the opposite. And then I'm wired to this one interface and have to poke around on lines with a mouse like its No thanks. Also I can't easily compose or build composite objects, where is a one-line loop in Python.

And how do I deal with libraries of components? Dunno, seems like a step back to me. Have not tried it though - perhaps you are right. I think you should do a little more reading, first.

In particular, GUI design of 3D structures is almost always "Faster" than text-based, for multiple reasons. What's nice is that since it's a true Python API, you have total control over everything, including iterating over named edges of the object, which openscad can't do at all. I spend many hours a day poking at lines with a mouse, and it's really more productive than typing a few things, rendering to make sure the result is what you want, etc etc.

The best replacement for sketchup these days is OLD sketchup version 8 , from ten years ago. You can still get it. Thanks for pointing that out. Just added the Mac URL. Bring in a couple 4x8 sheets, cut taking blade width in to consideration, join, test whether the edges are flush, etc. Maybe even import plans, then give you a cut list that maximizes the wood you want to use. This doesn't do exactly what you're asking for, but I've had good success with Cut List Optimizer [0].

You still have to tally up the list of each board you need in your project, but it will tell you the most efficient way to cut your materials. Not exactly what you asked for but there are a few tools that take an SVG of shapes and outputs an SVG with the shapes packed more efficiently, including space for kerf, etc. There hasn't been a release in a while, but development has been steady on github.

Jedd 9 months ago. I recently needed a tool like this Sketch-up's non-Linux presence is a pain, but can be worked around - the web version's useless for me, but again you can download the last.

FreeCAD and LibreCAD are worth diving into just because they're going to be around for a while, and at least one of them seems to be well supported. Blender's another option, and though it doesn't align feature-wise quite as well, and has a steeper learning curve - learning it is going to be useful forever, and for a wider range of use cases.

Are you me? They really shit the bed with the way they've steered the product. When I think about Sketchup these days, it's more, "What shall I learn next to replace it? Man it has served me well, it's a real shame. I'm thinking Blender.

It's considerably more complicated, but the things you can do with it are considerably more expansive. Fusion is a good option.

It is more complex than SketchUp but still accessible to someone that is not a drafter. It works, but it somehow feels like the wrong tool for the job. As someone who has made a couple woodworking designs in sketchup, but knows nothing more, I'm curious as to what the more expansive things you can do in Blender are.

I fully believe sketchup has some limitations, but I haven't hit them yet in my basic designs. Care to elaborate? KineticLensman 9 months ago. Not the parent, but if Sketchup is like a simple hand saw, Blender is a massive workshop filled with a whole array of advanced power tools [0]. For example you could go from a blank screen to creating, rigging and texturing a 3D character to a photo-realistic movie featuring the character, targeted at different display devices.

Someone mentioned Blender now has Sketchup-like facilities. Haven't yet tried it. I tried fusion for a few minutes and figured that I would need to invest some serious time to get productive with it. I settled for the limited web version of sketchup, but it is a step back from the desktop sketchup of a decade or so ago.

In some way it's kind of a relief that it's not me, there really isn't a proper alternative to sketchup of yore. Anyone looking for a startup idea here? I'm still using the last free Sketchup, with some ancient plugins that only work with that version :.

Of all of Google's completely selfish moves in terms of turning their backs on viable products, selling off Sketchup seems to be pretty high on the list of worst offenders.

An alternative to sketchup is Fusion Autodesk has a free hobbyist license. I'm just starting the hobby and found Sketchup to be cumbersome and too big of a learning curve. I have been using graph paper and pencil to do 2d drawings, side, top, etc. I found a channel from the UK of a cabinet maker [0] that uses Graphic for mac - simple, easy and I can do the same style drawings. Maybe Sketchup is more helpful when you have complicated joinery or need to sell plans online.

Sketchup isn't too bad, ime. It's a lot easier than other cad programs. It's important to find a tutorial because it has some idiosyncrasies which you aren't going to happen upon solving. But overall the program is well documented and easy to use once you learn. After about 3 projects on Sketchup, I'm now proficient enough to crank out simple furniture in a few minutes.

That 15 minutes spent modeling things in sketchup pays dividends when it comes time for cutting and assembly. We bought a hundred year old house a few years ago. Hmmm, why SketchUp and not OnShape? When I talked about getting into 3d printing I had two people independently recommend OnShape to me. Is there an open source equivalent of Sketchup? I wonder if anyone knows of any resources for people who want to maximize the woodworking they can do in an average-sized city apartment.

We don't have the space to for a real woodshop. But what we can do is dedicate a sizable closet to tools, try to get as far as we can without the big stuff, and live with woodworking involving a significant "set up a temporary shop in the middle of the living room" and then tear it down phase. I've been doing this for small projects, improvising and making do, and would love to hear stories of how others have managed. The standard advice for this if you want to woodwork as a hobby not for utility, that is : learn to use handtools.

Paul Sellers is a good youtuber for this and there are many others. Dust control for power tools is much harder, so if you're limited to working in your living space, it can be a problem. I'll add to this: unless you have a lot of money, hand tools are going to not only be the quiet option, but the best option overall.

I recently bought a Craftsman bench jointer, and tried to flatten some walnut for furniture making with it. I went over and over the jointer with it, and it still wasn't flat.

I tried various techniques found on YouTube, read until my eyes crossed, and still couldn't get the walnut flattened. Granted, maybe my particular jointer is bad, but I had limited walnut stock and didn't want to continue grating on the pieces I needed until they were too thin and unusable. So, I threw my hands in the air and just went at it with a hand plane. It was a bit of work to get the pieces flat and square, but planing is kind of enjoyable.

You're also not creating a ton of sawdust - just nice, silky shavings. On top of that, the surface of the wood looks great when hand planed vs. Also, if you are using an electric saw in your apartment in the middle of the city at any time of day, you are probably a bad neighbor.

I think a lot of the question is going to be, is your goal to work with wood and make things in general, or do you have specific sorts of things you want to make? There is really no limit to what you can make by skillfully assembling small pieces of wood into large panels, but it's a lot easier to make inlaid wood boxes in an apartment than bookshelves and desks. A lot of the woodworking you see is furniture making, which typically involves a lot of dimensional lumber and large wood panels which are easiest worked with table saws, planers, joiners and routers, and a large shop and lots of machinery is a boon.

But inlay, woodcarving and even scrollsaw work can be done with smaller pieces of wood and little or no power tools. I use power tools only during working hours and try to never go over a cumulative hour of use per day. In Berlin at least I think it's fine, this city has a DIY-ish culture, lots of apartments have homemade furniture, and the sound of electric tools is a common one.

You know your neighborhood and neighbors and apartment construction better than I do, but the caution is always that not everyone keeps the same working hours -- night shift sleeps during the day, small children and infants nap throughout the day, etc.

DataGata 9 months ago. Matthias's beginner page is on their Wiki! Just do it. I bought a table saw to make a living room table for my rental apartment. It was a Sears 2 HP one, where you could take the legs off, so I often used it right on the floor. These days they have much better "job site" table saws that are fold-up portable. If you are in a city, there are probably several rent-a-shops in your area that function much like co-working spaces - basically a wood-focused makerspace.

A friend of mine used one: - you go in and pay for some hands on time with the shop master to learn the rules and prove you can use the tools safely. Store your in-progress work with a sign that has your contact info - they'll reach out if you leave it there too long.

I helped my friend with the glue up as he built a pair of end tables. Was a pretty cool space. Discoverability is a bit tough, but seems it could be ideal for your use case. This is good for functional stuff. For fine furniture, please subscribe to Fine Woodworking digital which gets you access to the back catalog of magazine articles and video workshops. Fine woodworking features articles and workpieces by professional woodworkers while the editing of those articles is done by professional writers to make it accessible to amateur woodworkers.

It is an amazing resource - please help support it. Thank you for saying this. Most if the time they don't even have a cutsheet. A bit unrelated, but I discovered "The Woodwrights Shop" has the most recent ten seasons available on pbs. Something very satisfying about his approach to woodworking. Thanks for this, it brings back many childhood memories. Can't believe the show is still running. JKCalhoun 9 months ago.

Love that guy. Pretty sure he's always high tho. Think of Roy Underhill as the Cliff Stoll of woodworking instead of klein bottles. Imagine Roy waxing philosophical about klein bottles then reproducing an oaken klein bottle he found buried under a barn that one time. Working frantically, nearly but not quite done in 25 minutes flat, but! Roy's the best kind of nerd. He REALLY loves what he does and how he does it, and makes it so contagious that I kinda want to take up woodworking just so I have an excuse to attend one of his classes.

I love digging out a saw every now and then. The first ones look awful. The last ones look ok. I rated myself on how strong they are, how quickly I built them, and how few steps they took rather than on how good they looked.

It felt analogous to iterative hacking in a scripting language. To Matthias, in case you do pop in to this thread: you've forgotten to set a character encoding for pages, so some browsers display gobbledygook instead of apostrophes.

I took your suggestion and emailed him mentioning it was from you on HN, of course. Hopefully he'll read it. How is this different from professional woodworking? Where are the resources for beginners? You need enough room to store and handle lumber. This will in-principle allow you to do everything. People have done this for ages, this way. Power tools make woodworking much faster. I would start with a jig saw, drill press, circular hand saw. The first expensive mile stone is the table-saw.

This will be the most used tool in your shop. Everything gets better when you have access to a good table saw. I have spent 1. Next upgrades are miter-saw, band saw, planer, jointer. They need a lot of space and are not cheap. This is were you enter the more professional realm. To get high quality versions of all that tools will cost a lot of money.

Oftentimes ebay has used tools for small money. Happy woodworking! And there are plenty of designs out there for building a work bench that can incorporate one.. Several resources for manual woodworking, now, if you're thinking about power tool woodworking, then, I agree, you'll have to spend money There is a large woodworking subculture that uses only or at least mostly hand tools. While new good hand tools can be expensive, you can get good stuff at a more moderate cost on eBay.

See e. Paul Sellers or Chris Schwartz. Sure, you're not going to set up a furniture factory that can compete with IKEA on price using hand tools, but who cares? You're doing it for your own enjoyment. And hand tools are enjoyable to use, much less noise and dust than machine tools.

I'm from Estonia, and I recall a local master stating that in the s a typical farmer had to do a lot of woodworking for his own use. And often they only had five! Most even didn't have a plane. This is all the equipment they used to even make furniture.

Unplugged woodworkers of HN might find the book "Estonian woodworking" [1] interesting it's a true classic of Estonian etnography, translated to English without permission in the s and circulated as hand copies back then; these days published in English by Chris Schwartz.

Doubt anyone would save much money on hand tools. Going all hand tools is more of a luxury - those hand planes and speciality saws are not cheap and an absolute nightmare to maintain. Any woodworker is going to need a collection of both.

Things like a good chisel set are going to be essential no matter what. The basic power tools like a circular saw and a table saw aren't all that expensive either. Even cheaper if you buy them second hand. Add in a drill press, a jigsaw, router, sander and that's pretty much the basic ensemble.

With good sales, all of it can come around to The basics of hand tools can be had for a pittance. You want the ones with the clear yellow handles.

The expensive bits are the sharpening stuff and the layout tools. Layout tools are pricey because they start overlapping machinist tools and come with commensurate accuracy. You don't need a square accurate to.

But Woodshop Ideas Plans Co Ltd depending on how you work, you need those tools for machine work anyway. You don't need to spend a fortune on most of the hand tools. Whether or not you find the maintenance a nightmare or not is mostly a matter of committing to learning and practicing until it's second nature.

You can definitely spend unlimited money on hand tools, but you don't have to. You get very far with just a few tools that you either buy second hand or buy new but avoid the the most expensive brands as well as the cheapest ones. Most importantly, with hand tools you don't have to have a big permanent wood shop.

The tools don't take as much space, and most importantly, you don't have to set up dust collection etc. You can saw and pare the dovetails and drill and pare the mortises. This is how you do woodworking living in an apartment with a baby :. There was one I auction I scored a nearly brand new SawStop table saw, Dewault planer, and ShopFox joiner kinda crap for under dollars.

All the stuff was pretty much brand new. I have hit the point where I have more tools than space. Matthias has an older video making a table frame with minimal tools [0]. I would also suggest watching Steve Ramsey [1], he puts a lot of effort to explain simple and beginner stuff. And he also has a thing on getting a pretty good woodshop going for under a grand.

Woodworking is very flexible in how much you spend. Most of the expensive tools are time optimizations, you can get by just fine without them but it will be a bit slower. Also, in woodworking you always want that one more tool.

A lot of these tools aren't even time optimizations at the hobbyist level. There's been so many times I've had to saw say a meter of plywood, by the time I've gotten out the circular saw, plugged it in, taken the extra safety precautions such a power tool needs, sawed the wood, then spent more time afterwards cleaning up. All to realize that I've spent maybe minutes in total almost entirely setup time making a cut with a powertool I could have just made in minutes max of very leisurely sawing with the handsaw I already had at hand right next to me.

The problem is - and I'm not saying this lightly - that many people don't actually know how to use hand tools properly and would not be able to - for instance - make a straight and perpendicular cut in a sheet of plywood using a handsaw. In those cases the circular saw has a better chance of delivering the goods. Of course it can also be a shortcut to the ER Saw, set of chisels, tape measure, good clawhammer, drillpress, drills, white glue, good set of screwdrivers.

Then some time and materials to bootstrap your way into making clamps, a workbench, miter box and so on and before you know it you have a working woodshop for relatively little money. I'm of the same mind, and tire of the noisy power tools. I'm more likely to reach for my pull saw than unbox and set up the circular saw. You might like to look at Paul Sellers' videos? He can get a lot done with hand saws, marking tools, and chisels. But in general, among hobbies, woodworking is pretty gear-intensive.

Even if you try to avoid it. Rex Krueger is worth checking out too. Both relatively easy constructions from cheap softwood with ingenuity and definite pragmatism. It's just too easy that any hobby becomes spending hours drooling over equipment you want to buy rather than actually doing stuff whether it is woodworking or playing the guitar. This is one reason I really like Paul Sellers: You don't need so much.

Paul videos are great but he usually works with prepared stock and mostly focus on the final steps of the projects. You will find that problems arise when you need to prep stock.

What I do very often is that I adapt my projects to the wood I get my hands on. But otherwise, I have to admit that ripsawing by hand isn't that fun. If I would get one machine for my workshop it would be a bandsaw and maybe a drillpress. If you want a functioning shop, and you were limited to four initial options: 1 prohibitively expensive power tools 2 prohibitively expensive hand tools 3 cheap hand tools 4 cheap power tools I'd go for cheap power tools every time.

They probably wouldn't stand up to more than DIY use, but they will work, and you'll learn what items you really value. For example, I now know that I use my cheap table saw enough that I could justify a more expensive one, however I'll never buy an expensive scroll saw.

I think it's bad advice to start with good hand tools unless you have a high tolerance for manual labour or are apprenticing under someone in a fine woodworking area e. The "prosumer" market has done wonders for tool availability. Companies no longer make stuff that lasts a lifetime, but the trade-off is that you can get the same tools a professional would use for much cheaper. Turns out, even pros don't need tools that last a lifetime because they so often get lost, stolen, or dropped off a roof and need replacing after a few years anyway.

And you can move down market and get something with a hour service life for half or a quarter of the price. Goes through building an actual tool chest and filling it with basic tools needed to accomplish most anything a hobbyist would be building.

These are all hand tools and a great resource it's one of a handful of books on my shop bookshelf. There are a few youtubers dedicated to low cost woodworking rex kruger and "woodworking for mere mortals" are good resources. On a broad sense I think the most important tools if you want to go the power tools route, are: a table saw, a tracksaw or just a circular saw and a jig, if you're ok with loosing some precision , a router, a drill, an impact driver and a random orbit sander.

Then one or two hand saws a chisel a hammer, wood glue and some clamps. Table saw is the most expensive and probably one of the most dangerous machines if not operated correctly but I really which I didn't took that long to invest in it.

You can do a lot with it that is very difficult otherwise. And I forgot, buy a shop vac to collect all that saw dust. That's enough to make fairly complicated stuff quickly. I'd love to have a jointer and planer, but it looks like cheap ones aren't worth it. You don't need every tool. There are multiple ways to get the same job done.

There are some things I'd consider essentials. A table saw, drill, some decent chisels, and maybe a 5 plane. And you can get pretty far with that. A band saw is a nice addition as well. A planer is a super productive, and nice tool to have. I'd be lost without mine. It's just slower. I dream of having space for a large 8" jointer, but I don't so I get along with my 7 hand plane just fine. Honestly though, that 7 is a luxury too. I could do everything with just a 5 hand plane.

It's basically an intro to hand tool woodworking through building a tool chest and what you need to fill it. Not that hand tools can't get just about as expensive as power tools. I've been eyeing that book for about a year now. Really should just go through and buy it. All the SawStop, Festool, etc. Freestanding jointers and planers, drill presses, router tables with lifts, bandsaws, drum sanders, dominos Even just the lighting in a shop, especially one that's on a YT channel, could be thousands of dollars.

But, here's the thing: Most of those tools are about saving time. You don't need a jointer, you can buy pre milled lumber. Depending on what you're working on, you might not need things like a bandsaw or drill press. A handheld router can be turned into a plunge router with some work, you can use jigs instead of a router table, etc. Once you learn how to use a handful of tools - and there's lots of youtube videos on that - and understand how and where they can be used, you can start translating from all the fancy stuff you see in the YT shop to what you have on hand.

It'll just take longer. The other aspect of it is People doing that for a hobby and using powered tools are going to be spending tens of thousands of dollars, generally. If time was no constraint, you could do basically everything in woodworking with a few different hand saws, hand planes, hand chisels, a mallet, some gouges, sandpaper, and high precision marking and layout tools.

And a lot of clamps. You need a ton of clamps if you ever use glue to join material. As for a beginner resource on a limited budget - Steve Ramsey's Woodworking for Mere Mortals is great.

Woodworking features many health altering hazards, from the obvious cuts to dust poisoning, and what is rarely discussed: joints and back pain, due to repetitive movements, heavy lifting and bad posture.

Power tools are easier on the body, but also more dangerous, noisy and dusty. My personal approach has been to learn how to do everything by hand, from felling frees to making doll house furnitures. What I enjoy doing, I do with hand tools, the rest I do with power tools. It takes time to build muscles, posture and risk awareness.

This is a very important point. For anyone interested in woodworking or just starting out, I'll expand on this a bit: Some of the dangers are quite obvious: Spinning blades that are sharp enough to cut wood are sharp enough to cut you. SawStops are nice for protecting you from this at the table saw, but they don't make a bandsaw, router, etc.

Some are fairly obvious if you've got a solid physics background and are thinking about it, but might not occur to you: Kickback from the table saw, ejecting a piece of wood at you at high speeds. Similar concerns with a router. Lathes are great at turning pieces of wood into deadly projectiles. Some are non-obvious: Lots of people take angle grinders and use them to power carve wood.

This isn't super scary if you follow general safety practices and are using reasonable discs on your angle grinder, but there's also some out there that are basically miniature round chainsaws, and angle grinders can kick back in ways that aren't super intuitive if you're not experienced with them.

Couple those together, and if the teeth of the chainsaw disc catch on you, the tool will basically ride along your body in the direction of the rotation. This has resulted in them climbing up people's chests, necks, etc.

And there's the long term stuff. Dust is huge. If you use power tools, you must invest in respiration and dust collection - the long term use of them without it will kill you.

In general, with hand tools, if you screw up and injure yourself, that's the end of it. You probably won't keep going and further injure yourself beyond whatever you did initially. This can still be scary - your chisels need to be sharp, and if you do something really dumb, this can still result in something fairly severe.

But power tools with exceptions like the SawStop don't know if you got hurt. They don't care. They just keep going. Skill is the major constraint. Some powertools can make up for lack of skill as well as lack of time. I think hand tools require less skill to get started safely, from my experience teaching kids and grown ups.

For getting started, I would probably agree on most things But something like a domino will give you what is essentially a mortise and floating tenon joint that is far easier to do for a beginner than trying to accurately chisel it out themselves.

I think that most anything you'd use a router for is also way easier, skill wise, than doing it by hand as well.

Woodworking for mere mortals. You may be interested in Matthias' videos where he makes his own tools, such as a table saw or a bandsaw. It just enrages me everytime I see a festools used. It's the biggest brand on ask this old house They're really expensive. Why does it cause you rage?

It causes me jealousy! When I used to do Theatre carpentry, I regularly used Festool equipment that wasn't mine. It was an education in how careful thought to your product design can make something much better to use. I have an Evolution Sliding Chopsaw at home. The Festool Kapex is just better in a lot of small ways - the mechanism for adjusting angle is quick and precise, the laser lines mark out kerf width accurately, the airflow has been designed so that dust extraction works well etc..

It's 10 times the price though, so obviously not worth it for me at home. They may be the best of the best. But when you see a guy with a youtube channel with it. It kind of defeats the whole deal of "i could do this too" If it's the best of the best the average homeowner shouldn't own it.

It's not a good value for them. Festool has started sponsoring TOH, but they used the tools before that. The track saw, domino, sanders, and dust extractors are very well built tools. The domino makes joinery much faster, and has become an essential part of my workflow.

My beef with TOH is now that all the houses are so expensive and the work is so custom or complicated that it is not relatable. We should be glad that such fine tools exist, no? They make nice tools. It's debatable whether a lot of them are worth the money. Some of their stuff is nearly indispensable in a high volume or time constrained shop, though. The domino's only real competition comes from mafell, and it's similarly priced.

Triton and some others have tried to compete with some dowel joiners, but they don't work nearly as well. Collecting machines from craigslist is a necessary part of the hobby, imo. A 1, dollar Powermatic tablesaw is functionally immortal. It will always be worth 1, dollars, so you buy it and use it until you don't need it, then sell it to someone else for what you paid for it.

When I last had a big shop full of stuff at home, my machine and cost list was Imagine a miter saw that's all cast iron rather than aluminum and plastic that can cut invisible miter joints. So not 8,, more like 4,, if you buy a bunch of used stuff. I can't think of a reason to buy new woodworking machines, when there are so many used machines floating around craigslist or exfactory on any given day.

For instance there's no reason you can't cut small pieces on a small table saw and break down 4x8 sheets of ply with a Skil saw. The only thing the big cast iron saw gives you is the ability to skip the Skil saw and minimize waste, really. Similarly, anything that I did on my custom built router table or a shaper could be done with a hand router and jigs, it'll just take more time to build the jigs. Machines can do it for money but your brain can do it for cheap, just a matter of learning how.

I mean, I've stumbled across guys that make a living building wooden windows, doors, and cabinet doors with a small army of used Powermatic 2A tenoners no longer being made, you can only buy them used. They're not required to build a cabinet door, though, they just reduce it to unskilled labor simplicity. And no, that is not a typo [2]. If you ever have another one you'd like to sell at that price, please contact me :- For those not in the know, Northfield makes only industrial tools.

There's a reason you don't see their stuff at your local home improvement store. Tannewitz, incidentally also still exits and is still making the GHE. Sadly Oliver, once one of the greats, is now another badge stuck on the same castings coming out of the same foundries as Powermatic, Grizzly, and everybody else.

It was fantastic! American Sawmill Co was the original Unipoint designer. Their models in the s were the holy grail Northfield bought the company in the late s iirc. They are still ubiquitous in roof framing shops.

No one has come up with a better design than the unipoint in the last decades. Fascinating to see some of the tools he's restored. I've stumbled on that guy and other similar people in many google searches. I think there's a privileged spot reserved in the afterlife for those guys. There are a lot of old machine designs that weren't commercially successful, but are absolutely still relevant and useful.

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