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Battery operated tools

This is a small but powerful cordless screwdriver that gets into places its big brother can't.

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Bandsaw

WBS-18 A large piece of machinery for sure but even the smaller versions do a good job The thing about a bandsaw is there really is no other tool that does the job of a bandsaw.

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Circular Saw

Cordless saws make life easy but you have to be sure you buy one that has enough power to do the job - Many of the low priced cordless tools on the market just don't have the torque.

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Belt Sanders

This is a useful tool but not an essential one unless you find you need to do a lot of heavy duty sanding.

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Compound Mitre Saw

A saw like this is a pretty good stand in for a Radial Arm Saw. Not suitable for very wide cuts but if your average board width is around 10" to 12" then this is ideal. Good ones have a depth stop to allow grooving / dado'ing but you can't fit a dado blade set to them so you are only cutting a kerf width at a time. Indispensable tool in the workshop however.

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Jigs and Clamps

As the workshop grows you will naturally add more jigs to your shop. David thinks the best way to grow your collection is to make a jig for a particular task that you do often instead of making jigs for the sake of it. Figure out which hinges you use most often and make a hinge jig, Sled's for your saw table or router table are also worth building and why not build a picture frame sled with accurate mitres to get a professional job every time.

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Drill Press

JDP-17 The drill press is essential for accurate drilling. This one is floor standing and has a quick change belt system to adjust the speeds Rotating, +45 degrees tilting.

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Electric Planer

Ho 0882 - An electric planer seems like a bit of a luxury in the workshop until you have to plane the bottom of your first door then you appreciate the power of one of these tools. Again not essential if you don't do much planing.

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Router tables

A shop bought router table or one you craft yourself is number one on the list for a workshop. One of the vertebrae's in the backbone of any woodworking shop. 

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Wide range of routing bits and accessories

The great folks over at Trend supplied all the routers and bits for our TV series and even after many many years of hard work they have stood the test of time. Router bits are not cheap so you want to sure which ones you are going to need but as you can see from our collection there are a lot. There isn't one bit on the wall rack that hasn't been used at one time or another and this isn't counting the special door bits and other large bits.

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Jigsaw

David likes this a jigsaw as it makes it easier to get it into small places. Other type that have a D handle can be more cumbersome but this design allows for single handed operation. Good dust extraction is a nice feature on a jigsaw because it's important to be able to see the marking lines as you cut.

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Jointer

Model 60A A must have tool for any workshop is a good jointer. This one has a 1 HP motor A 4" dust port for efficient dust/chip collection Large cast iron tables with a precision adjustment. Ours has 3 cutter blades in a heavy machined block. A good solid cast iron piece of machinery gives good results time after time.

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Oscillating Spindle Sander

Large cast iron workspace to handle all your projects Table tilts to 45 degrees handle all bevel sanding projects The 25mm spindle oscillating action provides a scratch free finish. Very handy and used on many projects. You can buy drum sanders for your drill press but this is a better option if the budget allows.

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Routers

A must have tool for any workshop is a good handheld router. One with a powerful motor and a half inch collet. A smaller router for a quarter inch collet is also a good extra router for those jobs that don't require a big heavy duty bit but if you are only going to buy one. Get a big one. 

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Sanding Station

This belt sander operates horizontally and vertically and can be locked at any angle in between. Both sanding tables have positional stops at 90 degrees and 45 degrees. You would be surprised at how much use this tools gets. We even sharpen drill bits on it, create mitres on small trim, sand steel, it's a very versatile tool.

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Orbital sanders

Another one of those tools you have to have, you do have to watch it on fine finish projects though it will give you swirl marks but much better than a belt sander, easier to control, changing paper is quick and easy and they do a terrific job.

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