Idea Shop 5
Curious about which tools we chose for our latest shop, and why we selected them? Here's the inside scoop.
Put a dozen woodworkers in a room and, before long, they'll start talking about tools. Then, look out. The discussion can get pretty heated. Let's face it: We all have different preferences when it comes to price, features, and brand loyalty, not to mention the way the same tool feels in different people's hands.
That's why choosing the tools and accessories for Idea Shop 5 proved a challenge for the editors of WOODŽ magazine. When the smoke cleared, though, we settled on an array of products that have proved themselves in our extensive tool tests through the years, and, in some cases, are innovative.
Of course, budget and space are always key concerns when outfitting any woodworking shop, and we kept a close eye on both. Wherever we could economize without significantly impacting performance, we opted for a benchtop tool instead of a stationary model.
That's not to say we didn't indulge ourselves occasionally. For example, Idea Shop 5 utilizes a cyclone dust collector, beefy ductwork, and blast gates that open and close automatically when you fire up a power tool. We believe dust collection is one key area in your shop where you shouldn't scrimp.
So, these are the power tools, hand tools, and accessories we chose. We've organized them into four categories, followed by a listing of phone numbers and Web sites for each supplier.
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