Curious to see recommendations and thoughts on what tools are helpful alongside your X-Carve?
My current list:
Orbital hand sander
10in Miter/chop saw
Looking at black friday to add one more tool, either a table saw to help cut down material for the x-carve and larger projects, or a 12in sliding miter saw to trim down sign stock…or may say forget it and go for the Jtech laser:slight_smile:
I use this to cut the part tabs, saves tons of time
Also look into getting a band saw, being able to resaw your own lumber is a big cost saver. I can buy 4/4 or even 8/4 lumber and resaw to necessary thickness for much less than buying 1/4 or 1/2 inch stock.
I do this with my table saw ( just up to 4 x 4 inch lumber )
Most of the signs I make need at least 6 inch wide lumber, i can resaw up to 9 inch width.
My table saw scares me when the blade is over an inch high
I may have to look at a bigger bandsaw - mine will do about 6inches or so, having a bit more would open a lot of possibilities.
Totally off topic:
When I was a kid we used a 3 foot diameter saw hooked to the rear wheel of an old pickup truck to turn trees into lumber.
Wouldn’t do it now on a bet.
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I use a whole bunch of sanding tools.
narrow belt sander
random orbital sander
flex shaft sander
sandflee flat sander
Lately I have been craving a spindle sander.
I also use a scroll saw but lately I have been craving a band saw.
Another thing I am seriously considering is better dust collection and building an enclosure.
And now and again I see the forum posts regarding spindle upgrades and how quiet they are…
An X-acto knife with small razor saw blades for cutting tabs comes out for every project with tabs.
A deburring tool makes cleaning up metal and plastic parts quick and easy once one gets the hang of using it: http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-Deburring-Tool-HDX090/204218603 (listed at https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/Tools#Additional_Tools )
I’ll often use a large flat file to clean up a cut surface and preserve its squareness/ improve on its flatness.
A contour or radius gauge when measuring parts for recreation, see: https://wiki.shapeoko.com/index.php/Designing_for_Fabrication#Duplication_of_arbitrary_shapes
I use my vacuum the most, dont always have to fire up the CNC in order to use it…
A table saw is my main go to tool in the shop
Yeah - I’m debating on getting one I can afford now, or waiting and saving for a saw stop. But golly it’s a lot of cash…
@RobertLandrigan. Saw stop is great but I am keeping my old powermatic that I great up on as a kid
I have a DeWalt jobsite saw. Definitely worth the price.
I learned on my dad’s Powermatic, and it’s ruined me:) I can handle a lot of smaller tools, sometimes they’ve got their own advantages, but everything that isn’t that great big green beast with the huge table and customer fence is suuuuuuch a step down I’d rather not even bother.
I don’t like mix-matching brands soo…
Anova Precision Cooker - This or pretty much any other Sous Vide Cooker are, IMHO, the best kitchen invention ever - I once had to leave a piece of meat in it for 25h and it arrived as taste as it normally would have after 4h.
I have found some small files that I use for guitar building/repairs really handy for cleaning up carves on HDPE. Sometimes a wire brush. Most other machinery in my shop gets used sparsely since buying an x carve… spindle sander, router table, Dewalt Planer, Jet Thickness sander, and a Laguna 1412 Bandsaw, and standup drill press… Table saw would be nice but I had an accident and learned about kickback the hard way. Oh yeah cant forget the vacuum system that is running when the cnc is working.
proxxon pencil sander
Once you use one you’ll love it.
not entirely sure on your price range, and alot of people are mentioning a table saw. My recommendation would be a plainer. I always use it to clean up the surfaces of hardwoods after resawing.