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#1 posted 11-07-2011 04:08 AM

Sure it can be done. Before power saws carpenters did it all the time for a living. But like David said – if you do it plan to pay for it big time. Even the most avid hand tool guys on here would probably not tackle that big of a job. We’ve not been conditioned to do it. If you did it for a living 100 years ago, no problem – but we’ve softened with the age of machinery.

As for accuracy it can be done – but with practice. Don’t expect your first attempt to be very good. It’s all practice, practice, practice when it comes to hand tools.

As for 2×4’s you can still get some good 2×4’s if you are willing to pick through the pile. Home Depot and Lowe’s hate me because I do just that when I’m buying from them. (I had a manager tell me one time that I wasn’t allowed to pick through the pile like I was. That did not go over well. I wrote a letter to corporate headquarters and got a nice letter back thanking me for my business and telling me to keep picking away and I got two 10% discount coupons to boot!) I think for the price you should get to choose what you buy so take your time and pick through the pile – you’ll find enough to use.

You can do a lot in a small space like an apartment. I tried to find the thread on here but couldn’t, but there is a guy who lived in the orient (I think) and basically did all his work in his kitchen and on his balcony. So it can be done—- just don’t piss off the neighbors with noise :-)

That’s my two cents – spend it wisely.

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