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.
- I currently use the Festool Kapex
- I previously used and still recommend the DeWalt DWS 720
- I currently use the Sawstop PCS
- I previously used and still recommend the Bosch 4100-09
- 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.
- I currently use the Powermatic PM1500, a VERY nice bandsaw.
- I currently use the Powermatic PM2800
- I previously used and still recommend the Jet J-2500
- 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
- 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!
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.
PAINT SPRAY SYSTEM
- I exclusively use the Fuji Mini Mite 4. This is an awesome spray system.
- I currently use the Festool RO 125 REQ for most applications.
- My DeWalt DWE6411 palm sander is handy for some situations.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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……..