I think my question was already spoken about, but not exactly..
I’m an “aspiring” woodworker with a not-very-big repertuar of small projects. I really feel like I need to expand my ability to be independant, mainly being able to get wood from the store or from any other source and mill it without being so anxious about tensions being released, cupping and twisting the wood. I’d also like to have the ability to make mortise and tenon (preferably blind) joints.
My current tools:
6.5” bandsaw, jigsaw, orbital sander, drill+screwdriver, chisels
I really dont have a budget for a table saw, jointer and planer. I dont really have the budget for even one, semi-professional tool- about 1000$ (I don’t live in the states and the volts here are different so i prefer buying from here, and things cost about 60% more here generally)
There are 2 paths I had in mind, both begin with rough-cutting on the bandsaw:
1. jointing and planing with a router. Might be a bit tough for small pieces, but having a decent router would probably be really great. Also making a jig for mortises.
2. Buying either a lie-nielsen LA jack plane (.62) or a jointer plane, and some other nice hand tools (saws, some better chisels) and of course sharpening equipment. This is probably a lot harder and demanding, but it “feels better”, if you know what I mean. Seems to me just as a nicer way of non-production woodworking… I wonder if it’s less flexible than a router.
an example for a project I find interesting to build and representative of what I want to achieve is matt cremona’s bassinet: http://www.mattcremona.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/IMG_0748-sm.jpg
I know its also a matter of personal feel but I’d like to know what you think.
-- Alright, that's the last jig I'm gonna build. From now on I'll start making furniture!