The assortment of woodworking tools in your shop empirically suggest the level of expertise, acquaintance, and passion you have for carpentry. That coupled with the numerous perks that come with having a couple of power tools at your disposal, make these machines even more enticing.
But with so many alluring choices out there, it’s easy for a startup in the woodcraft industry to get their priorities wrong. And a miscalculated move, such as buying a tool you don’t really use much, can weigh heavily on the balance sheet.
So here are the top five power tools that every workshop should have.
When starting out, adding a bandsaw to your tools arsenal is probably the best thing you can ever do for a business or hobby. It is a robust, stationary cutting machine that can be used to create artistic woodworks, typically found in cabinetry and furniture works.
Bandsaws come in different sizes, forms, and models. They are powered by an electric motor that moves a blade with a little help from two or three wheels. Overall, setting up this piece of equipment is pretty straightforward, and maintenance is even simpler.
A computer numerical control (CNC) router is a programmable cutting machine that is capable of curving out designs with laser-like precision. And it’s fast, consistent and more economical compared to other options.
Take the Starbucks sign project for example. It is a quite complex piece considering the variations in height and angles required for each cut. So you may need to put in many hours, on one sign, using other tools and still come up with a less-than-perfect result. But with a CNC router, this somewhat tortuous project would almost seem effortless.
When it comes to cutting boards into exact thickness, nothing does it better than a planer thicknesser. This simple machine has only three crucial parts – a table, a roller system plus a cutting head. It’s capable of slicing away a sizable chunk of wood on a single pass.
Sanding machines are undoubtedly a must-have for any carpenter – professional or otherwise. They are often used to even out rough boards, but they can also be used to round wood or remove unwanted paint. Depending on the intended use, you can opt for a belt sander that features an edge smoother plus contact wheel or a drum sander that comes in a variety of sizes.
No woodwork shop would be complete without a spindle moulder. It makes tenoning simpler, faster and easier. Anybody who has ever worked a large assembly project knows how useful this piece of equipment can be.
In a nutshell, spindle moulder machines are typically used to trim and shape wood, and they are ideal for artisanal and industrial use.
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