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traksta15
07-04-2007, 04:01 PM
ok, i'v been building boxes for some time now (bout the last year or so) and i'm wanting to finally get some tools. Here's a list of the tools I already own:

circ saw
jig saw
(2) 90deg angle clamps (3")
(1) 36" clamp
wood glue
air compressor (not sure on size, it's about 3 1/2-4ft tall and pretty big around)
various screws, etc etc

I've been looking at some table saws, routers, brad nailer, etc etc and i'm just wanting some input/suggestions from someone more knowlegable than me. So can you guys recommend some good quality, not to expensive tools? I'd rather buy durable/not pos tools the first time around, than some crappy ones over and over again.

Thanks in advance!

twisztdauthorit
07-04-2007, 04:06 PM
no drill? or electric screw driver?

djman37
07-04-2007, 04:09 PM
A Jasper Jig and a router that fits it (partsexpress has a 2pack of all the Jasper you'll need to cut holes), spiral up-cut, flush and a set of roundover bits for said router. A good sander.

PV Audio
07-04-2007, 04:23 PM
You will need at least 4x the amount of clamps you have there.

customtronic
07-04-2007, 04:29 PM
A Jasper Jig and a router that fits it (partsexpress has a 2pack of all the Jasper you'll need to cut holes), spiral up-cut, flush and a set of roundover bits for said router. A good sander.

Good suggestion. The Jasper Jig is about the best tool I've bought in a long time. As far as the other things you mentioned....definately a good table saw and a nail gun. I bought a Craftman for less than $200 and it works great. Good luck

traksta15
07-04-2007, 04:34 PM
no drill? or electric screw driver?

lol, forgot that one, yes I have a drill too

I just bought the clamps, I do plan on getting some more, what's the biggest they have? I'd like to get at least a 50" with a couple 12's and 24's, maybe another 36 as well as more angle clamps (do they make them more than 3"?)



Im not up to par with tool terminalogy just so ya know lol

traksta15
07-04-2007, 04:52 PM
is this any good as far as brad nailers go? Can someone recommend some good brands?

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=241151-67702-NT50AE2&lpage=none

traksta15
07-04-2007, 05:42 PM
bump

PV Audio
07-04-2007, 07:49 PM
Just use screws, they hold stronger.

mlstrass
07-05-2007, 01:43 AM
Glue holds the box together, not screws.

I bought a "budget" brad nailer at Harbor Freight for $25 and it's been working fine for the past 6 months. Even came with a complete rebuild kit for all the parts that can wear out.

That one you showed from Lowes should be more than enough.

twisztdauthorit
07-05-2007, 02:02 AM
brad nailer > electric screw driver

traksta15
07-05-2007, 03:37 AM
I love the term "electronic screw driver"

suggestions for a good beginner table saw?

dleccord
07-05-2007, 04:16 AM
what do you need the compressor for? anyways, get your self another 36" clamp. i have 4 and i think i need 2 more:) the more the better. get the job done faster i guess.

traksta15
07-05-2007, 01:08 PM
what do you need the compressor for? anyways, get your self another 36" clamp. i have 4 and i think i need 2 more:) the more the better. get the job done faster i guess.

for any air tools I may need (is that the correct term?lol)

THUMPPER
07-05-2007, 02:37 PM
I built my last box with a steak knife an elastic band and a paper clipp....:naughty:

just kidding....

I got a table saw,miter saw,skill saw,router,cordless drill
compressor,brad nailer,air stapler,paint sprayer,box linner spayer
clamps,router table,jig saw and a few other odds and ends..

and I use every tool I got on a regular bassis ..I build on the average
of 2 a week..

traksta15
07-05-2007, 03:14 PM
I've seen your boxes thumpper-they're bad as$!

Anyone care to recommend me a decent/affordable table saw???

DDSC
07-05-2007, 11:25 PM
Would this router be nice for someone thats just starting and needs to cut out speaker and terminal hole thats on a limited budget, I would also like to flush mount the speakers
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=44914

traksta15
07-15-2007, 04:22 PM
update-bought 1 more 36" clamp and 2 more corner clamps and I think I picked out a table saw:
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&productId=100399037

any thoughts on the table saw??

traksta15
07-15-2007, 05:18 PM
bump

lrgnation
07-15-2007, 05:41 PM
Take a look at the table saw make sure it is sturdy enough to get decent size cuts through it. Make sure that the parts are readily available and it has some sort of warranty. I like to make sure these things before I would purchase.

The best tools for me to use are...

-dewalt 18v xrp drill (goes through anything but be careful...)
-Small makita drill for tight spaces
-Craftsman 1.5hp router
-JASPER JIG!!! is the shiiit
-1/4", 3/8, 1/2" round overs, spriral up cut, straight cut, and one more i cant think of.
-Senco brad nailer
- titebond 2 wood glue
-assorted screws always have boxes around
-air compressor is 100% neccesary for me
- right angle grinder and die grinder for smoothing edges on mdf, cutting or grinding fiberglass, or sanding down filler very fast.
- Belt sander and regular da sander
- I keep spray glue when doing fg
-Hot glue gun is also nice for mounting rings, make sure you get a cordless tho
- I dont have a table saw, so 18v skilsaw is nice

traksta15
07-15-2007, 06:36 PM
As far as the table saw goes, it has a 24.5" rip capacity, do they make a different fence you could buy and attach to it? or make your own?

I think 24.5 would do for most of my boxes. If they got any bigger I could knock them down with my circ saw and straighten them up w/the ts.

Also, I plan on building a table around the saw to help with a 4x8 sheet of mdf going on and coming off.

twisztdauthorit
07-15-2007, 06:50 PM
im going on a tool shopping session soon.

gonna go get a:
-table saw
-compressor
-sander
-brad nailer
-spray gun

and whatever else i can afford.
my limit is $500.00 =/


harbor freight tools ftw haha

traksta15
07-15-2007, 06:52 PM
what ts you gettin?

twisztdauthorit
07-15-2007, 06:59 PM
not sure yet... something between 140-200$
i think i saw a firestorm or something that looked decent.

traksta15
07-15-2007, 07:20 PM
any insight on making/buying a fence?

Fattony911
07-15-2007, 07:57 PM
dewalt is quality its what most of the contractors use, time is money to them and they cant waste time on tools that dont perform. a good router and table would complete your selection i think

Fattony911
07-15-2007, 07:59 PM
make sure you cant move the fence at all too

yama168
07-16-2007, 02:07 AM
senco brad nailer is a must for box building

traksta15
07-17-2007, 04:49 AM
senco brad nailer is a must for box building

link?

excluesiveonez
07-17-2007, 09:00 AM
brad nails... can you use crown air staples? 1 1/4 inch long?