Small Shop Power Tools

I don’t have room (or money) for full size woodworking equipment in my garage, so instead I buy the smaller versions. But there are lots of different things out there to spend your money on. Which tools do you really need?

Rockler has a nice article talking about the 8 basic tools you should consider for a small shop. I’m only missing the band saw and the thickness planer. Both are on my list but I’m still trying to figure out which one I’ll look at next.

Before I buy any more tools, I’m dreaming about redoing the shelves and the workbench so that I can use the full wall for a project bench. That would let me line up all my tools at the correct heights so that it’s easier to work with long pieces. That’s still very early in the design phase though.