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Let's see, I have belt sanders, band saws, drill presses, saws, pocket hole jig and even a router. With all these tools I wonder why one would have to buy certain things.

I saw this finger joint tool for sale and for a while I actually thought about buying one but then I remembered I have all these tools to make things.

Call me impetuous but I thought it was worth a try.

I actually used my router to cut a .25" groove for a .25" strip of wood for the guide.

I really do have this thing about buying something I can make.

A package of wood plugs sells for 4 or 5 $$. A plug cutter costs $6. Duh!
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Many here will agree with you. Often, much of the satisfaction is how you get to the finish.

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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I derive as much satisfaction from making a fixture as I do from using the fixture to make something.

As to making fixtures I admit I go a little overboard about it. I use a CAD program to design my fixtures (as well as the items I make) so I'll know they are exact.

I had a woodshop class when I was in school (44 years ago). Kinda liked making stuff. Unfortunately, that's all the "formal" woodworking training I've had. Through the years I have had to figure out some basic things on my own, simple things like making a jig or fixture so I don't have to measure things every darn time when I'm making dozens of the same item.

Doing something like this seems intuitive to me







Although, I don't know if this is the correct way to do this:





One other thing; I almost never have scrap wood. I do have left-over material, but hardly ever scrap material, at least until it is used up.

I don't believe in buying something you can make, I don't believe in wasting anything. It has to be absolutely worthless before I'll throw it out.

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Nice job!
While I certainly agree that making your own is best, I'm so spatially challenged (read "stupid") that I often buy a jig. Only to get it and say "Well, crap! I could have built that".
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Nice job!
While I certainly agree that making your own is best, I'm so spatially challenged (read "stupid") that I often buy a jig. Only to get it and say "Well, crap! I could have built that".
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You may be spatially challenged but sometimes it takes a while before something dawns on my. I'm a little slow sometimes. But, in my own defense, I'm not even certain if I am doing something the "right" way most of the time. I do know that I use tools in ways the manufacturer never envisioned.

Like, recently, it just occurred to me that I could probably use my router/table instead of a drill press as a sander. Not sure if it will work but I'll try it.
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Can I watch?
I have a feeling the router speed may be a tad fast.
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The reasons to buy instead of build, IMHO, is due to lack of time, or a gift card that someone gave you who wants to see you buy a tool. There are more reasons to build (want to learn how, have all the parts lying around, etc), but in the end, it really comes down to time verses money.
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I don't think that Your alone on this! I catch Myself trying to make something, and My Wife says, Why? You can buy that! O well, I confess, that I am not the boss!

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My Wife says, Why? You can buy that! O well, I confess, that I am not the boss!
My wife says the exact same thing! My reply to her is....... Honey, if i make this it will cost 1/3 the price of the store bought one. Which means you will have more money to spend!
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