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#1 posted 12-12-2009 08:03 AM

Chris, Randy (drgoodwood) is dead on, acquire skills not tools. If you’re on a really tight budget (who isn’t these days) then just pick up the necessary hand tools. Power tools are great to have and make much of the work go faster, but many of the basics of woodworking don’t truly get learned. Not to sound like I have alot of experience (and I don’t) it really comes down to your budget and how quickly you feel the need to finish your projects. With a router and a decent jig, a dovetailed drawer can be produced in a hours (or less). By hand using a marker, dovetail saw, chisel and mallet one joint of that drawer could take an hour! The difference in price of equipment (with router bits and all) in those two methods could easily be $200, and could be much, much more depending on the router and jig. Well, $200 can buy a fair bit of wood to practice hand tool techniques on. Buy inexpensive wood to practice on, then spend a little on some quality wood for your projects. If you get as much satisfaction from producing a quality product as the rest of us (sawdust addicts) do, then you have ample opportunity to decide what power tools you’ll need to make your projects. Welcome to a wonderful (habit) hobby.

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