Hi all! New to the forum. Not really sure what to say. I'm a real newbie when it comes to woodworking but like to kid myself into thinking I might actually make a project that doesn't look like a Tim Allen special. LOL
Note: Sorry for the URL misspellings below... seems I cannot include a URL in a post? Anyway; correct these to what they should be: wmw, kom
Going to make a TV/Entertainment stand for a new set I've got coming soon. The stand will be patterned after this one (hope posting a link to another forum is okay.. I think you need to be a member there to view the images though - if that's a problem, pls advise and I'll think of something.):
Features I like are the top (looks like solids attached to the edges of the ply veneer top), strips (vs iron-on) for the edge trim, etc.
My biggest question is joining it together. I'm going to be purchasing the tools to do this (and build up the shop for my wif and I) but don't want to just spend $$ on something I don't need.
I don't like using nails or screws unless there's a good reason to. I'd rather learn the skill of strong joint-making rather than resort to screws and plugs, particularly in visible areas like the top.
I've been considering using either dadoes on the top/bottom to hold the verticals as well as to attach the recessed back panel in the center compartment or using butt joints and biscuits. Suggestions as to what is better suited for this task?
If dadoes are the way to go, then, for cutting those, as well as putting that nice decoration on the top edge, I've thought, what better than to employ a router for this perfectly suited (to my newbie mind) task.
And that brings me here.
I've been mulling over various routers that are available in Canada. Ryobi plunge router from HD, store-branded 2hp router combo-kit from Rona, Craftsman 2hp router combo kit from Sears (currently on sale).
I like the Dewalts and Tritons, but a little pricey for me at this time (have other tools to buy as well). I'm leaning toward the Craftsman as they have these on the website/catalog:
wmw.sears.ca/gp/product/B000V5R552/sr=1-4/qid=1200028572/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&searsBrand=core&mqnodeid=APS for $149.99 (on sale for $129.99 Jan19-Feb01)
wmw.sears.ca/gp/product/B000V5M9NU/sr=1-3/qid=1200028572/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&searsBrand=core&mqnodeid=APS for $229.98
What do you folks think of this router kit? The review of the US kit (looks similar) was rather positive I thought, so how does the review compare to the real world?
Given the nature of the project above, esp the possibilities of how to attach the solids to the ply for the top and future projects, how much extra value does the router table (esp THIS one) bring to the .. erm, table? Better off with just the routers, or should I spend the cash and get the table?
Other thoughts? Am I on the right path?