Right tools for the job.

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Blog entry by Luke posted 04-29-2011 11:41 PM 1459 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed a built-in entertainment center in my home that quickly turned into a huge project.

When I started, I hadn’t done much in the woodworking field since building some NYW bookshelves a few years prior.
At the beginning of my project I had a benchtop model Ryobi table saw with the stock blade, a skill saw with a $3 HF blade, and a Bosch 1617 router kit.

The agony of building that entertainment center, and it taking 3 months to do, lead me to acquire some shall we say “more legitimate” tools.

My friend and neighbor also wanted a built-in entertainment center, close to the basic structure as mine, with a few different details, and has been looking into getting into wood working as well.

We started the cuts last night, and OH MY GOSH, how much better life was with a table saw that could rip 4×8 Melamine, dado the groves with a Dewalt Dado Blade, Rabbit the edges, with a sacrificial fence. Drill the pocket holes with the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.


It took me better part of two weekends to cut my entertainment center boxes, it took us 2 hours, and then another 2 hours to complete the dados and rabbits!

It really does pay to have the right tools for the job. I love this stuff.

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#1 posted 04-30-2011 02:45 AM

Sounds like someone deserves a beer.

It would take a very large area to hold all the tools I would like to have.
Maybe Santa is listening.

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 03:22 AM

Good tools are an investment.

I often wonder how I lived without my Tite-mark.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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David White

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 04:57 AM

Hey Luke – you’re so right. Having not only the right tools, but decent quality tools makes all the difference. I just wrote a blog piece on pretty much exactly this topic on -click here you’re interested. Cheers!


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