A bookcase. Seems like such a simple project. I looked at the tools I had, or were going to get anyways, and I either had it or could get one inexpensively. So, I made out some rough plans in my head. I’ve had a ton of help with the actual design over on T-Chisel’s forum. The design discussion was mostly on specifics, nothing that required new tools (perhaps new router bits, but that’s a continuing thing for life I suspect). And yet, every time I turn around, I find more and more stuff that seems to be a necessity!
Do we ever have enough tools and gadgets? I know we never have enough clamps, and I’ve just come to terms on that one, but the other stuff? Miller dowels look like a good way to help support the bookcase shelves (I plan on using dados as well), so I order some with the Lee Valley gift card my wife and son gave me for Christmas (the card with it said “Have a Merry Woodworking Christmas!” What’s not to love here?) I figure that even if I don’t use them on this one, they’ll work well for something else. I seem to find tons of stuff I want/need and still don’t have and can’t imagine when I’ll actually get it!
Here’s what I have to keep in mind. Tools don’t make the craftsman. Like I pointed out the other day, there’s more than one way to skin a cat in woodworking, so if you don’t have a $500 dovetail jig, you can get a dovetail saw inexpensively (I’d go with the Veritas saw, but plenty have had good results with a gent’s saw) and hand cut them bad boys. If you want though, there’s nothing wrong with spending the cash on that $500 jig. There’s very few “wrong” answers in this game.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that you don’t need “stuff” to do good work. You need that tool between your ears more than anything, and feed in knowledge, and gain experience, and you’ll be just fine. Me? I don’t have that experience thing just yet, so I’m trying to overcompensate with “stuff” :D
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!