Ok, so I am sitting here weighing the costs of some tools. On the one hand, the Festool Domino set with dominos, guides, and a dust collector for approximately $1300. On the other hand, I need a table saw and a planer. The money for the domino would likely cover these items. Which way do I go?
The Domino would allow me to do mortise and tennon joints much more easily than now. It would have the greater flexibility of positions, large sizes, etc. compared to the mortise machine. But the cost makes me gulp! A Jet mortise machine is only $300, or a quarter of the cost.
The table saw I do need, but have been working in my Dad’s shop and using his equipment. So, I could get by without that for awhile. However, having my own would allow me to work directly out of my shop. The Ridgid table saw runs around $600.
The planer is a definite need, since my jointer is only 6 1/2” wide. No wide boards through here. So far my boards usually have been less than 6” wide, so I get by with the jointer. But, it would be helpful to use wider boards on occasion. A DeWalt benchtop planer would run approximately $600.
So, $1300 for a Domino set-up, or $1500 for a shop set up. Of course, thinking outside of the box would say make the investment in my business and get all, plus a bit of wood for $3000. Funny, but that was the dollar figure I had in my mind earlier this year about the amount of tool purchases I need to make this year.
Well I sure better sell a lot more items soon!
-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com