New Year Woodshop Resolutions with Tommy Mac & Eli

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Two great guys who do a lot of fine woodworking are Tommy MacDonald and Eli Cleveland from the PBS woodworking show, Rough Cut – Woodworking with Tommy Mac. Together they have created a New Year’s woodworking resolution list for your shop.

There is no better time than the new year to start making plans for building or upgrading a woodshop. These guys have the experience in all facets of woodworking to help you, no matter if you are a beginner or experienced woodworker. Tommy and Eli explain which tools will help you create your best works, while considering safety factors.

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The eight power tools referenced in the video begin with Eli’s pick of the 14″ Bandsaw suggestion. This bandsaw features 2 speeds, 13″ resaw capacity and a powerful 1-1/2 HP 110/220V motor.

Tommy’s favorite table saw has the safety features that shutdown the saw if the blade comes in contact with your fingers. The SawStop Contractor Saw offers this versatility and safety in the shop along with stability and mobility on the jobsite.

Eli chose the planer next, while Tommy commented that his planer choice would be the 20″. This particular Powermatic Planer offers the 20″ planing capacity, and a 5HP motor for heavy duty work. This planer also has the The Byrd® SHELIX® helical cutterhead with 132 knife inserts providing smoother, quieter cutting and finer finish than conventional systems.

Eli’s next choice was the Jointer. There are many choices for a jointer, but Tommy suggested getting one with at least an 8″ width, perhaps a 12″ width, depending upon your shop requirements. You will also find combination jointer-planers offered at Woodcraft.

Another time saver when building certain types of furniture is the Mortising machine. Mortiser’s are offered in bench top versions as well as stationary units. WoodRiver offers this bench top version with chisels & bits.

Eli loves getting creative, and one of his favorite things in his woodshop to do that, is with his lathe.

Lathes come in different sizes, horse powers, manual and variable speeds. From large table legs or lamp stands to bowls, spindles, ornaments and pens, you can’t go wrong with having a lot of fun with which ever you choose.

One additional choice by Tommy is the Router Table because of the infinite amount of profiles that you can use to cut joinery.

Finally, no shop is complete without the safety factor of having a Dust Collection System in place. As Tommy puts it, “You only have 2 lungs”. Investing in a system that traps sawdust where it belongs and not in your breathing system is critical.

Well, there you have the top woodshop resolution choices from Tommy & Eli for starting off the New Year right, making your woodshop a productive and safe one.

Happy New Year EVERYONE!…Frank

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