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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 10-03-2014, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I'm pretty new to woodworking and don't really have any tools to speak of. I'm looking at starting a project around the December/January. I'm planning on making a computer case from wood and for the most part it should be pretty simple cuts. If you look at the picture below, you can get a pretty good idea about the types of cuts I'll need to make.Here is what I'm thinking will be the bare minimum I'll need to do this project:

Router
Jigsaw
Table saw w/ dado blade
Plane
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drill press with countersinks for the holes I need to drill for mounting radiators and what not.

I'm not too sure how I would go about making all the cuts along the edges. This will definitely be a learning process.

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[QUOTE=JonU;401166]Hey guys, I'm pretty new to woodworking and don't really have any tools to speak of. I'm looking at starting a project around the December/January. I'm planning on making a computer case from wood and for the most part it should be pretty simple cuts. If you look at the picture below, you can get a pretty good idea about the types of cuts I'll need to make.Here is what I'm thinking will be the bare minimum I'll need to do this project:

Router w/guide - Bosch...
Bosch RA1054 Deluxe Router Edge Guide With Dust Extraction Hood & Vacuum Hose Adapter - Router Templates - Amazon.com

Jigsaw - Bosch...
Bosch Reconditioned Power Tools

Table saw w/ dado blade (Freud)
Freud Tools


Plane
thickness planer???
hand planes...
low angle block plane...
Veritas® Standard and Low-Angle Block Planes - Lee Valley Tools
smoothing plane...

Veritas® Low-Angle Smooth Plane - Lee Valley Tools
Small chisel more like several sizes...
http://www.amazon.com/Stanley-16-971...2403918&sr=1-4
corner chisel...
Amazon.com: corner chisels: Tools & Home Improvement
drill press with countersinks for the holes I need to drill for mounting radiators and what not.
http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/pag...at=1,180,42240

I'm not too sure how I would go about making all the cuts along the edges. This will definitely be a learning process.
those are finger joints... lots here on that one how to subject...
use the search function and you will be over whelmed with more than you ever wanted to know...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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This is a couple of thousand quid's worth of tools just to make a box. Are you sure?

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This is a couple of thousand quid's worth of tools just to make a box. Are you sure?
Hey...
I refrained from suggesting what would really be nice to have...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
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Table saw w/ dado blade
that TS is going to need blades...
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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
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"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
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Stick you're a caution.(you don't work for a tool supply by any chance)
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While that box could probably be done with a router (simple table would help), jig saw (for roughing the big openings), and a hand drill--Stick probably has a realistic list of what happens when one starts down the "slippery slope". He left out the sanders/scrapers.

It's a great hobby, and probably cheaper than some hobby. Not sure which hobby, but there must be one!!

Good luck on the box build!! That's a pretty intriguing idea--and there are a few woods that might add a pleasant odor for a while too...i'm thinking cherry with the heat from the power supply might be something of an air freshener for a few months.

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Woodworking may be cheaper than golf. My equipment is more expensive but it doesn't cost me $100 when I go to the shop for a round of woodworking.

I would recommend you add a 5" random orbit sander to the list. I would also recommend that you get a copy of Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking. He was the first major contributor to Fine WoodWorking when they got started back in the 70s. Tage wrote a series of 3 books for them. You want the first one that covers joint making. It is the best how to woodworking book I've read by a wide margin. You can probably find it cheap on Amazon or eBay like I did.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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A good square and scale should be on the list.

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Jon I'm liking the looks of your case idea and will be watching your progress . Very cool idea with the finger joints . Should look very sharp

Those finger joints have been done with a dado blade on a TS . I'm sure I'd screw it up 10 times before I got it right though looking at how those joints go around the perimeter like that . The outcome is going to look awesome though .
You'll need a router to do that inlay for the plexi glass , should be very easy . And as you say a drill .

I would cut the upper and lower holes on the case with a router , but depending on how you go about it I guess a jigsaw would help in certain situations , but you could get by without it if your over budget

You may need a swear jar too

I don't know anything about CNC router tables , but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night

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