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As I have been following the table saw thread I thought we could use one of these as well. Feel free to ask and hopefully get answered on what tools are worth their weight and the ones that aren't.
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Looking for a drill press, sub $500(lower is better), and can drill large holes(up to 6") any ideas?

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I just picked up the R4512 table saw, took 2 hours to put together, I need to make sure everything is lined up correctly, cutting wise.

It's solid and very quiet, vibration free.
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Looking for a drill press, sub $500(lower is better), and can drill large holes(up to 6") any ideas?
Table top? Or stand up?

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I just picked up the R4512 table saw, took 2 hours to put together, I need to make sure everything is lined up correctly, cutting wise.

It's solid and very quiet, vibration free.

Think this is what I am going with also. Any deals? I also want to pick up a planner as I usually use wood from big box stores and would like to make it a little bit better lol.
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Think this is what I am going with also. Any deals? I also want to pick up a planner as I usually use wood from big box stores and would like to make it a little bit better lol.
Unfortunately no deals was found...I def looked, look into the ridged planer, I've had my eye on one, I like buying ridged due to the lifetime warranty.
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Unfortunately no deals was found...I def looked, look into the ridged planer, I've had my eye on one, I like buying ridged due to the lifetime warranty.


I did look into their planer a little but came across a far amount of negative reviews. I see the Steel City and Dewalt get good reviews with the Dewalt being best in 13" but a lot higher in price.
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The 735 is a good bet. The Ridgid is made by steel city. Just look at them. It's obviously the same machine. There's a good YouTube review that compares the two.
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my drill press is a vintage WWII Delta, all original except for the toggle switch and the belt
for larger holes, I've used various sizes of Milwaukee hole saws chucked up into it, and it will take the 6"'er
tho I used that size for putting in the recessed cans for my LR, used the Milwaukee "hole hog" a beast in its self


for my own DIY, those black right angle jigs and clamps from Rockler (and other places )
really anchor stuff for all those kreg screws
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The 735 is a good bet. The Ridgid is made by steel city. Just look at them. It's obviously the same machine. There's a good YouTube review that compares the two.
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200 + feet of select furniture grade oak taken from an old courthouse, most of it 2" thick and widths of 6" to 10" , lengths 2 to 8 ft
its been stained but a planer could make that go away . .
the notion of getting it resawn into bookleaved veneer/pieces/. small sheets , panels
you could build something . . . solid oak grain matched whatevers
its the overall cost per sq. ft. that could make veneer look "cheap"
I've used some to "re-enforce the covers wrt to sealed chambers for FLH
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The major difference being the helical cutting head on the Steel City. That is why I bought the Steel City 40200H (with helical head) when I was researching last year. I've had it for 6 months now and have yet to plug it in, but it sure does look lovely! It has many more threaded holes for "blades" on the head as well so if one were so inclined, they could turn it into a "true" helical cutter. I see it is out of stock and discontinued on multiple sites now, but my local Woodcraft has one in stock.
There's a good review for it here:
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f24/s...terhead-58866/
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Table top? Or stand up?
not sure, would really like to attach the table to the bench and move the drill head up and down.

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A drill press can be pretty simple. I have a cheap Harbor Freight model and it works fine. I think it was like $50.

http://m.harborfreight.com/8-in-bench-mount-drill-press-5-speed-60238.html

Use the 25% coupon.
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A drill press can be pretty simple. I have a cheap Harbor Freight model and it works fine. I think it was like $50.

http://m.harborfreight.com/8-in-benc...eed-60238.html

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Thats funny you mention the HF one, I have thought about it very seriously.

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I have the HF but under a different Canadian brand. It gets the job done, but it isn't very high quality. I had the chuck fall off the morse taper once. It isn't very true either. Travel is short also. But it'll drill a steady hole I guess.
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Can anyone recommend a random orbital sanding for under $50? Rayobi has one for $29 and Black & Decker and the Skil Saw brand both also have models in that price range. Do you fellas think that the $29 Rayboi unit from Home Depot is sufficient? Or should I save up for the $79 Dewalt or $69 Porter Cable? I just need one for sanding and refinishing the front door of my house. It won't be used much after that, couple that with the fact that my funds are very limited, so if I could get by with the $29 Rayobi that would be best for me.
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Can anyone recommend a random orbital sanding for under $50? Rayobi has one for $29 and Black & Decker and the Skil Saw brand both also have models in that price range. Do you fellas think that the $29 Rayboi unit from Home Depot is sufficient? Or should I save up for the $79 Dewalt or $69 Porter Cable? I just need one for sanding and refinishing the front door of my house. It won't be used much after that, couple that with the fact that my funds are very limited, so if I could get by with the $29 Rayobi that would be best for me.
Small job where speed adjustment isn't necessary, this works fine...

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Get the Ryobi. I own it. I bought that Ryobi last week. I've owned one before. I did a lot of drywall sanding with it and it eventually burned out. It's not a bad sander for $29. I got way more than the money I spent out of it. I would not at all suggest your's will burn out. I think we had more than a few rooms of drywall sanding on it, in addition to a couple years of normal sanding jobs. I have a $70 Makita that's not really any better for what it's worth.

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FWIW I have had the same DeWalt sander for 18 yrs and used it on at least a monthly if not weekly basis.

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FWIW I have had the same DeWalt sander for 18 yrs and used it on at least a monthly if not weekly basis.
But did you wet sand with it? Or leave it outside in the rain? haha... I beat mine pretty bad it was no surprise that it stopped working on me.

I have my eyes on the Festool sander. It just looks sweet.

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Can anyone recommend a random orbital sanding for under $50? Rayobi has one for $29 and Black & Decker and the Skil Saw brand both also have models in that price range. Do you fellas think that the $29 Rayboi unit from Home Depot is sufficient? Or should I save up for the $79 Dewalt or $69 Porter Cable? I just need one for sanding and refinishing the front door of my house. It won't be used much after that, couple that with the fact that my funds are very limited, so if I could get by with the $29 Rayobi that would be best for me.
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-ROS20VSC...m+orbit+sander

A little over your $50 budget, but it's been rated as one of the best ROS.
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But did you wet sand with it? Or leave it outside in the rain? haha... I beat mine pretty bad it was no surprise that it stopped working on me.

I have my eyes on the Festool sander. It just looks sweet.
I use to wet sand surfboards with it, thats what I bought it for originally, left many a tool out in the rain, mostly cordless and as long as you disassemble them and dry then completely, they have all continued to work. My biggest problem is drill gears, I an absolutely brutal on them(same thing for car clutches)

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I use to wet sand surfboards with it, thats what I bought it for originally, left many a tool out in the rain, mostly cordless and as long as you disassemble them and dry then completely, they have all continued to work. My biggest problem is drill gears, I an absolutely brutal on them(same thing for car clutches)
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guess I wont have to spend so much time drying the out I regular take all my tools apart anyways to clean them as I try to make them last as long as possible.

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But did you wet sand with it? Or leave it outside in the rain? haha... I beat mine pretty bad it was no surprise that it stopped working on me.

I have my eyes on the Festool sander. It just looks sweet.

if u are considering a festool ros look at the mirka ceros its imo a much better sander i bought both to see which i liked more mirka won out easily .
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Any plunge router suggestions?

I have a table one buried away in the basement I will use on the edges; but will need something for baffles, ports, etc.

Just reverse the polarity; it's guaranteed to work!
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Triton routers come with a circle cutting feature built right in. I have one on order. They looked like the perfect speaker building router.
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Triton routers come with a circle cutting feature built right in. I have one on order. They looked like the perfect speaker building router.
That looks like a sweet router, Tux! Good price too. I like that the form factor is unique and it seems to have a lower center of gravity than the competition.
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Any plunge router suggestions?

I have a table one buried away in the basement I will use on the edges; but will need something for baffles, ports, etc.
What is your budget? I like the suggestion TUX had. The Hitachi is probably a bit cheaper, and it's well reviewed. You'd need a circle jig though.. and the smaller version is less power.

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