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|11-17-2012 01:58 AM|
Here's my advice for beginners: Any experienced woodworker can tell you the cheap tools are worth less than nothing. Thing is, lumber is more expensive than tools these days. Say if you buy a router that's not very precise, you will have to go through test cuts and waste a lot of lumber for a project, or ending up having very unstable/dangerous joints. I have two excellent routers, a Festool and a Makita. I rarely use them. A lot of time, it's easier to use a plane or sander to make adjustments after a cut - not frequently because my saw is precise.
Realistically, I think a lot of people are like my father: he bought the tools and started imagining projects, and never touched the tools - which I'm sure saved him a few fingers. Not a bad thing to buy cheap tools in this case.
IMHO, the cheapest ways to get some useful furniture or home improvement projects done is probably a high quality plunge saw (Festool, Dewalt, Makita) and a Kreg pocket hole jig and hand drill, which will total about $500 new, assuming you're all cheap like me. Plus, you aren't likely to lose a finger doing it. Extra money goes to jointer and planer. The jointer might slice a piece of your finger off, but that's better than chopping off.
I still have all ten fingers because I mainly use hand tools. A few stitches on my thumb due to a dull chisel, that's it!
|11-16-2012 10:05 PM|
Fine set for beginners, you will find a use for maybe half of these at best. A good starting point though to find if you will actually ever use router bits. Good investment to start out.
A good set will cost hundreds, and while you may "think" you want to get into woodworking, it is a losing proposition for most.
$400 for a good set, $300 for the wood. You build a $200 dollar coffee table. Do the math....
|11-16-2012 10:03 PM|
|ne4ious||Meh, I was looking for a gigabit router.|
|11-16-2012 08:46 PM|
|Loverman8675309||I work at Lowe's and I found out that we actually lose money on each one of these that we sell. I can't remember that exact number, but it is somewhere between -10% to -15% on the margin. Sign up for a mylowe's card and Lowe's will usually send you a 10% coupon!|
|11-16-2012 08:27 PM|
glad to hear that i'm not the only one lolz
|11-16-2012 07:02 PM|
|jmegiddo||can i build a home network with this?|
|11-16-2012 06:58 PM|
|11-16-2012 04:36 PM|
|ckrzec1||Just wondering if anyone has used the Sears Craftsman bits before and can say if these are better than Sears' router bits?|
|11-16-2012 01:32 PM|
|shanebo||I picked up a set. Like others, I prefer 1/2" freuds for my "favorite" bits, but I don't have the money to buy a 30-piece set of those. I'll probably never use some of these bits, but it won't hurt to have them handy just in case. Thanks, OP.|
|11-16-2012 09:58 AM|
I'll second the same argument made here by a few people: if you're doing any serious amount of routing...that is you'll actually be USING 30 different bits...you'll want a 1/2" router. 1/4" trim routers aren't designed for heavy use or harder materials like the 'real' 1/2" routers are.
I do have a 1/4" trim router and it's great for small projects, but I can't imagine needing any more than a few bits. I ended up with a 12-piece bit set from Harbor Freight for about $20, and even though I usually avoid HF like the plague these actually work pretty well. I'd rather skimp a little on the 1/4" and invest in the 1/2" ones.
|11-16-2012 09:49 AM|
|11-16-2012 09:39 AM|
Forget it. It finally showed at the checkout. Sorry and thanks!
|11-16-2012 09:29 AM|
This link still shows 96.98 for me.
|11-16-2012 09:20 AM|
|11-16-2012 07:49 AM|
|GuitsBoy||Trying my luck with these, and the skil base router combo on amazon. Plunge and fixed bases, 2.25 HP and accepts 1/2" collet as well. Came to 81 bucks plus tax, since there was a 15 off 75 on all skil tools.|
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