|Forum topic by jellywerker||posted 03-08-2013 08:22 AM||1914 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
03-08-2013 08:22 AM
New here, but I have a keen interest in woodworking/furniture making and have been trying to get a small shop going. I’m currently a student, so my budget is nonexistent, but I’ve worked construction before and have a fairly decent selection of tools, albeit mainly of low quality. However, I’m missing the big ones like a tablesaw, bandsaw, jointer, and planer.
Recently I’ve stumbled on a few things that have piqued my interest, namely Mr. Jeffry’s Third World Machine Shop and the woodgears.ca site.
MJTWMS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpxK_qrb2Rg) is a simple setup using a handheld router and a circular saw mounted in a table to perform tablesaw, routing/shaping, jointing, and planing functions in an inexpensive fashion. I think it looks interesting and compact, and more importantly, inexpensive and functional.
I live in the northwest, so I have craigslist available to me, and while I keep a keen eye on it, even $100 steals are usually too much, and while I could get an older craftsman saw for $50, I couldn’t afford to clean it up properly and outfit it with a good blade.
I guess I’m just looking for some guidance on getting some power tool capabilities on the cheap so I can build some of the designs I’ve created, and hopefully turn around and sell them so I can afford some decent used tools. Advice on using what I have in better/more creative ways would be appreciated too. Or rather, just point me in the right direction to read because I’m sure these questions have been asked before.
Speaking of tools I have:
vintage stanley #4, #60, #6 planes. All in decent working order
I also have very infrequent access to a fully equipped pro shop, so I can get some tool/jig building time in there. Not enough time however to make building my actual designs there practical unfortunately.
Things I feel I need sooner rather than later:
Router + bits (flush cut w/bearing, roundover, dado/planer, generic plunge for slip tenon mortises) (but how big?)
I know I’m a little ahead of the curve for starting out in some ways, but I’d like to get my own workspace going that I can knock down and put away, yet still be able to handle what I want to make. I’m interested mostly in modern furniture, so things that are important to my table/chair designs are:
being able to cut down panels
But that also means I don’t need to be able to do super intricate work, just precise work. The MJTWMS is appealing because while not the safest or best option, you can pull the tools out, make the table with knock down legs, build yourself a big tool chest, and everything can be neatly tucked away when you’re done.
Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read all of this!