Best Woodworking Machines

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Rob Cosman gives his opinion on the the first four woodworking machines to outfit your shop with.

Table Saw:

This is the workhorse of any woodworking shop. It can rip lumber, crosscut boards, and cut dadoes and rabbets with ease. A good table saw should be at the top of any woodworker’s list of must-have tools.

8 inch Jointer:

The jointer is one of the most important machines in a woodworking shop. It’s main purpose is to square up boards and make them flat and straight. A good jointer will make your woodworking projects look much better and will save you a lot of time in the long run.

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Drill Press:

A drill press is a machine that you use to create holes in wood or other materials. It consists of a base, a column, a drill head, and a table. The drill head has a chuck that holds the drill bit in place. The table is where you rest the material you’re drilling into.

Drill presses are very versatile. You can use them to drill holes of different sizes, and you can also use them to sand or polish the surface of a workpiece. There are many different types of drill presses available on the market today. Some are designed for general purpose use, while others are made specifically for woodworking or metalworking. There are also drill presses that are portable, so you can take them with you to the jobsite.


A bandsaw is a power tool which uses a blade consisting of a continuous band of metal with teeth along one edge to cut various workpieces. It is mainly used for woodworking, but can also cut metals, plastics, and other materials. Bandsaws are classified according to the size of their throat (the distance between the blade and the frame of the saw).

Bandsaws are typically used to cut curves and irregular shapes, but can also be used to make straight cuts. They are often used in conjunction with other power tools such as routers or sanders.

Most bandsaws have a table which can be tilted to allow for angled cuts, and some models also have a fence which can be used to guide the workpiece.

Bandsaws are available in both stationary and portable models. Stationary bandsaws are larger and more powerful, but are not as convenient to use as portable models. Portable bandsaws are less powerful but are much easier to move around and set up.


A planer is a woodworking machine that is used to smooth and even out the surface of a piece of wood. It consists of a platform with a rotating blade or blades that remove material from the top surface of the wood as it passes through. Planers are available in both hand-held and bench-top models.

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