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The Tools I Use

The Tools I Use

 

 

I get asked a lot about the tools I use in doing my projects.  While every blue moon there will be a specialty tool involved, most of the time it’s a very specific handful of tools that I use. These are the tools I recommend because I currently use them in my shop or have used them in the past.

MITER SAW

  • I currently use the Festool Kapex
  • I previously used and still recommend the DeWalt DWS 720

 

Festool 561287 Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $1,475.00 USD
New From: $1,445.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: Price Not Listed
New From: $499.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

TABLE SAW

  • I currently use the Sawstop PCS
  • I previously used and still recommend the Bosch 4100-09

 

 

PLANER

  • I currently use the Powermatic 15″ planer with the Shelix helical cutter head.  It’s awesome!
  • I previously used the DeWalt DX735, a very good planer if you are on a budget.

Powermatic 1791213 15HH 3 HP 15-Inch Planer with 230-Volt 1 Phase Byrd Shelix Helical Cutterhead (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $3,199.99 USD
New From: $3,199.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

DEWALT DW735X Two-Speed Thickness Planer Package, 13-Inch (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $669.00 USD
New From: $599.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

 

BANDSAW

  • I currently use the Powermatic PM1500, a VERY nice bandsaw.

Powermatic PM1500 1791500 BandSaw (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $2,999.99 USD
New From: $2,999.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

DRILL PRESS

  • I currently use the Powermatic PM2800
  • I previously used and still recommend the Jet J-2500

 

Powermatic PM2800B 1792800B Drill Press (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $1,632.86 USD
New From: $1,599.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $1,132.73 USD In Stock

 

POCKET CUTTER

  • I exclusively use the Castle low angle pocket cutter now.  Make the investment and I promise you will see the difference!
  • Model TSM-12 and the Castle 100
  • Prior to seeing the light I made due with the Kreg products

 

Kreg K4MS Jig Master System (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $149.99 USD
New From: $139.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $129.27 USD In Stock

Kreg KHC-RAC Right Angle Clamp (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $27.99
New From: $39.46 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

 

ROUTER

  • I currently use the Festool 1010 for most applications.
  • I have used the Bosch 1617 for years in everything from a router table, a CNC machine, and as a hand router.  I strongly recommend it!
  • I use the Porter Cable 7518 variable speed router in my router table.  It’s a  3 1/4 HP beast!

 

Festool 574691 OF 1010 EQ F Plus Router (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $440.00 USD
New From: $470.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

PORTER-CABLE 75182 Variable Speed Router Motor (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $623.92 USD
New From: $299.89 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

 

ROUTER TABLE & LIFT

  • I use the Kreg router table.  It’s ok and gets the job done.  I can’t really justify a more expensive table.
  • A router lift is essential.  I use and recommend the JessEm.

 

Kreg PRS1040 Precision Router Table System (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: Price Not Listed
New From: 0 Out of Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

JessEm Mast-R-Lift II 02120 Router Lift, 9-1/4-Inch by 11-3/4-Inch (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $399.99 USD
New From: $363.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

 

PAINT SPRAY SYSTEM

  • I exclusively use the Fuji Mini Mite 4.  This is an awesome spray system.

SANDERS

 

  • I currently use the Festool RO 125 REQ for most applications.
  • My DeWalt DWE6411 palm sander is handy for some situations.

Festool 571782 RO 125 FEQ Rotex Sander (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $510.00 USD
New From: $510.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

DEWALT DWE6411K 1/4 Sheet Palm Grip Sander Kit (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $54.00 USD
New From: $44.98 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

SPECIALTY TOOLS

  • I’m a big fan of the Festool Domino Joiner DF 500
  • The Festool TS 55 track saw is perfect for breaking down sheet goods and other applications.

 

Festool 574432 Domino Joiner DF 500 Q Set (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $1,040.00 USD
New From: $1,040.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $1,019.20 USD In Stock

Festool 575387 Plunge Cut Track Saw Ts 55 Req-F-Plus USA (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $590.00 USD
New From: $590.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $546.10 USD In Stock

 

DUST EXTRACTION

  • All of the Festool tools hook up to my Festool CT 26.  It is also very good for general cleanup.
  • The large tools utilize my Delta dust collector that was replaced with the one shown below.

 

Festool 583492 CT 26 E HEPA Dust Extractor (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $700.00 USD
New From: $730.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $1,000.00 USD In Stock

Delta Power Equipment 50-723T2 1 hp Dust Collector, Black (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $349.00 USD
New From: $349.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

 

 

ROUTER BITS

  • I almost exclusively use Whiteside bits.  There’s really no better value for the money.  They are a small family owned company in North Carolina with a great story.  They are the best in my opinion.  These are just a few of my “go to” Whiteside bits.

 

1/2″ Shank, 1/4″ Radius x 1″ Diameter x 1/2″ Cutting Length – Roundover Bit, Whiteside #2006 (Misc.)


List Price: $23.55 USD
New From: $23.55 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Whiteside Router Bits 2306 Chamfer Bit with 45-Degree 1-1/16-Inch Cutting Length (Tools & Home Improvement)


List Price: $41.34 USD
New From: $41.34 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

So I hope this helps you get an understanding of the tools I use to do the projects you see in my videos.  I don’t always buy the best but I always buy good stuff.  It’s better in the long run and, simply put, good tools give good results.  There’s a lot of money on this page but you don’t have to buy it all at once.  Get a good miter saw and router and start from there.  Do some projects and reward yourself with a Castle Pocket Cutter.  Then a new router bit.  Then a router table.  Then a table saw.  Then a lift.  It never ends……..