If you have an old table saw or miter saw that needs to go, buy it and make sure it is at least 10 years old before you buy something new. Some tablesaws make them last longer, but a new miter or table saw is much better value. We have a recommendation for a table saw based on the price of the model, so you can see what we mean when we say that new models are better value than used models. If you have a hand held miter saw that you want to replace soon, see our recommendation for a hand held miter saw.
Should I buy a drill press or bench press first?
First of all, a drill press is more important than a bench press in most projects. The reason is that bench press sets you back around $35 per set plus shipping at most places, whereas a drill press only costs around $20 per set and the bench press sets you back about $100-150 for shipping. This is why I do all of our projects using bench presses.
That said, if you are in a rush and want your project done before you have to pay shipping, getting started with a drill press is the way to go. I think a new bench press or drill press set is about $30. If the price difference means you could buy a bench press or drill press set for $150 and still have enough money for your project, go for it.
If you want to get started with your project from scratch, a bench press is great: it can save you money and space, and it doesn’t take much wood to buy a decent setup. But if you plan on finishing the project at home, buy a drill press and you just paid for the bench press.
Should I buy an ebony saw?
I’ve never done a project that required a saw, but ebony is my second choice for this one. You’ll pay around $35 for a set and that’s an extra $30 you don’t have to spend on table saw set. The reason to buy an ebony saw is because it has a higher number of grinds and can be used for a larger variety of projects. This is not always the case with a table saw, however, and there is no guarantee that more grinds means you’ll do more good.
But if you want a little protection against splitting, this is one investment you should buy. So how do I decide which one to buy? I have some general guidelines
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