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

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#1 posted 12-28-2018 03:09 PM

Hi All,

Thanks taking the time to provide your feedback – which is really helpful in thinking this through!

Yes, yes – good point on the impacts of living through it, time away from family, and endurance/social/etc. This project is already moving very slow, as we’re a year in. The upstairs of the home is already fully partitioned off from the rest of the home. Some of my thoughts about this included being able to finish the actual construction work and come back later to finish the doors, vanities, etc which I could do at a more leisurely pace (hopefully not multiple years). I.e. I don’t have to have interior doors on my daughter’s room to have her living in it (though it would be nice :)

While there would definitely be both satisfaction and cursing myself going on with the process, the real driver for the work would be to save $ (since my remodel is way over budget) and learn the skills such that with a future remodel of the upstairs I could do the same (since that’s a few years out, I could start building the full kitchen cabinets, doors, etc in advance.

I do have AutoCAD and basic experience with it, as I drew up the house plans, though haven’t done much 3D… it’s been a few decades since I used ProE for solid modeling, though I don’t think it will be that hard in AutoCAD.

Shopwise, the tools I have that could be considered wood working are:
- Makita LS1013 10” sliding compound miter saw
- Dewalt 7491RS Jobsite table saw
- Bosch 1617EVSPK Router
- Festool TS55 Tracksaw with 3 tracks
- Belt and orbital hand sanders
- Good quality Moisture Meter

I’d probably plan on acquiring from Craigslist or new:
- Free standing drill press
- 14” band saw
- Dust collection
- Planer

If truly needed, add a jointer and other sanders. If a joinery setup for doweling/domino is needed or to speed things up, that is possible (though still trying to maintain a budget).

I’d also look to make something like the Paulk total station for a compact shop area (I basically have a dedicated 10×13.5 space that connects to another 20×10 flex bay of the garage where I can roll tools, etc).

Hopefully this helps paint a little better picture.


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