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Posted on Remodel Woodworking - Cabinets, Built-ins, Doors

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#1 posted 12-28-2018 02:19 PM

Like already said, it depends. But not just on tools.

Psych / social
Because it’s a large project involving (I think) your residence, you and possibly others will have to live through it. Can you survive that? Even if you’re living off site, expectations vs reality can cause problems. Also, your time will now be with your tools and shop, not with your family and friends (unless they participate). My wife was great. As long as there was steady progress she was fine. I know others who’ve ended up divorced over small remodel projects. We designed and built a Victorian complete with all the moldings and carvings. It took us 5 years of all our days off and all our vacation. We enjoyed it and had TREMENDOUS pride once it was completed. OUR CO-WORKER THOUGHT, AND TOLD US THAT WE WERE NUTS! But for us it worked.

Some are must have and others are a waste DEPENDING ON your knowledge and experience. I don’t own (never have) a joiner. I use the table saw. I don’t use a shaper. My molder handles that plus moldings plus planning (but I do own a planner as well). Doing Shaker design will reduce your need for router profile bits. And, if you do mortice and tendon
or have a dowel boring tool you may not even need them.

I do all mine on paper. I do my parts list and cutout maps by hand. (I use it be the shop foreman at a large commercial cabinet / fixture shop where part of my job was to generate cut / layout lists along with production process layouts. After a while you can turn out cut lists just as fast as a computer plus you end up “seeing” the piece in your head making assembly a breeze.)

-- Life without labor is guilt. Labor without art is brutality.

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