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a drill press can be setup as a thickness sander and as a drum sander but it can not be used as a disk sander and i use my disk sander a lot. So you might want to consider that.
a bandsaw will rip planking and double as a scroll saw for cutting out shapes like frames so you got that covered.

do you come across Koa wood?
 
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Thanks Dave;

I've got the band saw set up, I bought some extra blades including a couple of 14 tpi 0.125 wide blades, planning on using those to see how it works as a scroll saw. I haven't been able to use it much because I'm having trouble getting the right fittings to connect my small shop vac to the dust port on the saw.

Do you have any experience or know anything about the Wen products? If they're good enough quality, I'm thinking the band saw, the Wen drill press, and their disk/belt sander should be a good starting point.

Yes on the Koa wood, there's lot's of that around here, kind of expensive, but the ukulele guys love that stuff.
 
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I have the Wen sander as shown in your link. I will give it to you for free but the shipping to HI might be nuts. It's not a very good tool quality wise :(
Thanks Paul;

I was thinking they might be a little suspect quality wise given features and pricing. Appreciate the heads up on the sander, I'll keep looking.

Think I'll stick with just getting a drill press for now, take Dave's advice on using that for sanding, shaping, etc. see how that works.

Getting paralysis by analysis again looking at all the different features and what not on these presses. I've used them in the past, but never owned one.

Anything in particular I should look for, or avoid, on a bench mounted drill press for ship modeling and some light projects like shelves, small work bench, etc.

Charles
 

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The WEN power Tools are the best in making great quality products. If you are a homeowner or make DIY works, then this can be the best option to invest your hard-earned money. They are extremely easy to use and are best for beginners as well as intermediates. They are not so great for professionals who use power tools every day for a long time.

quality and durably of any tool depends a lot on how it is to be used

my brother and i had a tree cutting company and some of the chain saws we came across worked well for the home owner cutting a few braches in the yard. They will say sure the saw is great. On the job everyday cutting 2 ton logs these saws did not last one season. More than once my brother bashed a saw against a tree because it would not start or it broke down.

i could say a Byrnes table saw is just junk i can not even rip down 200 feet of 1 1/4 inch wide framing stock without jamming the saw or burning out it's little under powered motor. Well it is me! not the saw i am trying to use a saw that is not ment to do such work. I really needed a bigger saw. Just like home owner chain saws and chains they are not ment for heavy industrial work. A chain for a saw you buy at a local DIY store are not the same as an industrial grade chains. Commerical chain saw chains cut very agressive and you will have a lot of boby parts getting hurt in the hands of your average home user.

like the review above for a casual work load a Wen product is fine but heavy commerical work not so much.

Any of the brand tool you find in a Lowels or woodworking store will all work for model building because you are not pushing them to the limit as apposed to small hobby tools, you tend to push them beyond what they are designed to do. Pushing any tool to its limits will in time break down.
in my opinion and to remind you it is just my opinion buy woodworking tools and not hobby tools, this gives you that little extra power and what the tool can do.
 
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Couldn't agree more Dave. Ownership costs of any tool not up to the job at hand will quickly outweigh any dollars saved at purchased.

In my case though, I have to balance things based on available space, so I need to look at what gives me the biggest bang for my buck given I only have room for a few tools.

As far as heavy commercial work goes, things like shelves, jigs, benches, etc. for the shop is about as heavy duty as I'll be getting.

Also, I am just getting started, and if my skills develop to the point of requiring more sophisticated tools, then there's always Craigslist to get rid of the old stuff.
 

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as the saying goes don't use an ax to do brain surgery but on the other side don't use small tools for big jobs or big tools for small jobs.

the tools sold at woodworking stores will work from small precision work to larger work. i can use a 14 inch band saw to rip planking 1/8 x 1/16 within .015 thousandths and rip down a 6 x 6 inch beam on the same tool.
 
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Thanks Jack;

Can you recommend a good bench mounted drill press?
well. i don't really use a bench press for my ship modelling because they are too big. Instead I use my Proxxon milling machine. But, I can definitely tell you that Wen is not good quality
 
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CHARLES WENT THROUGH THIS A FEW YEARS AGO USING DAVE SUGESTIONS I CAME UP WITH THIS AT MENARDS I GOT MY PERFORMAX BAND SAW EXCELLENT HAD IT FOR LIKE 3 YEARS, ALSO GOT MY DRILL PRESS THERE ALSO GREAT QUALITY ALSO FOR 3 YEARS, AND PRICES ARE GREAT ALSO AS FOR AQ DISK SANDER ALSO FROM MENARDS A GOOD MODEL DISK SANDER $39.00 GREAT VALUE CHECK THEM OUT, HOPE THIS HELPS. GOD BLESS STAY SAFE ALL DON
 
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Thanks Don;

I'm very happy with the Performax band saw you recommended. Looking at the Performax drill press on Menard's site, it looks comparable to the Ryobi I posted available at my local Home Depot.

Shipping costs to Hawaii are something else I have to take into consideration on things like this.

I'm going to run down to Home Depot and check out that Ryobi, looks like it should work for now, and I'm getting a bit antsy on getting things set up so I can at least get started on some stuff.

God bless you and yours and stay safe as well.
 

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If you have a Dremmel, you can get a simple Drill Press adapter for light drilling and sanding with drum on the tool. Put it away when not is use to save time.
 
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La sierra de mesa Proxxon que compré es ideal para trabajar madera pequeña. Pero carece de la capacidad de subir / bajar o inclinarse. Cosas para considerar.
ESToy de acuerdo, la Proxxon, además, tiene muy poca fuerza; si la madera es muy dura no puede o vas súper despacio
 
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una taladradora se puede configurar como una lijadora de espesor y como una lijadora de tambor, pero no se puede usar como una lijadora de disco y yo uso mucho mi lijadora de disco. Por lo tanto, es posible que desee considerar eso.
una sierra de cinta rasgará los tablones y funcionará como una sierra de marquetería para cortar formas como marcos para que lo tengas cubierto.

te encuentras con madera de koa?
AQUI no tenemos madera de los, se desconoce ¿Tiene buenas propiedades?
 
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picked up one of these for sanding char on ribs/parts for xebec POF. Got mine for $61 in july but like everything else price has gone stupid. Can use front face, top roller or back angle side for sanding. 6in x 6 in footprint so sits on the shelf. china quality but a god send for char removal. common motor 775 so easy replacement when the motor burns out. Could probably order belts and build one ( skate board bearings and aluminum plate ) but on sale for $60 was a no brainer.
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