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#1 posted 12-28-2016 06:36 PM

I don t see anyone who didn t understand what you were saying. In your list of what you are considering to buy, “Thickness planer” is the last thing listed, and you still wonder if you d benefit from it. You don t even have “jointer” anywhere, power or hand. I wouldn t call anyone here an idiot when it s clear to me that you aren t as concerned about the most basic fundamentals of woodworking as much as you are for wanting to have The Full Range Of Tools, whatever the heck that is, before you get going.

You need to be able to get boards dead flat and square, even if you re hanging out with the scroll saw all day long. Or a lathe – how are you gonna center something properly? Maybe you want nothing but oblong Salvador Dali pizza cutter handles, I don t know.

Not trying to be a jerk, but there s one thing I know for a fact after many failures and do-overs: if you don t have the tools to prepare your stock properly, you re screwed. Your shelves won t fit right because your entire cabinet isn t square, your dovetails will have gaps, your drawer bottom won t fit, on and on.

Dead flat and square, dead flat and square, dead flat and square <——>

Yeah, I was going to ask how exactly do you flatten your stock? Even the claimed S4S stuff you can buy is never truly square, so I’d probably start with some type of planer and jointer. Also if your going to give hand tools a go, which are fun as hell by the way, when you grasp the learning curve. Why not just use the money to take said classes?

This is me personally, but the longer I put something off, the sooner I am to forget about it and never actually do it. The few classes I’ve taken have been a tremendous help to me and put in place skills I use every time I’m woodworking.

Take my advice with a grain of salt, but there are some great people who really know what they’re talking about on here. I’ve learned a lot from these forums and everyone seems to generally want to help.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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