Another new woodworker looking for advice
Hi all, new woodworker here looking for some help in getting started on more projects.
I have done a few projects (outdoor storage bench, ground level deck) but haven’t done anything in years and looking to get more regularly into it.
I currently have a circular saw, drill, impact driver, orbital sander, and reciprocating saw. I also have some other necessities like a workbench, sawhorses, squares, hammers, drill bits, a few chisels, measuring tape, etc. Regular DIY home maintenance stuff.
A few of the projects I/my wife would like to be able to complete are picture frames, toy box, bookshelf, shoe storage shelf, coffee and side tables, and toddler bed.
I’m looking to see what my next tool purchases should be to complete those projects? I know a lot of people will probably say a table saw; originally I was going to try and do a Delta 36-725 or equivalent Ridgid but honestly I just don’t have the space for a hybrid saw. I could make room for a decent job site saw with stand but not sure if that money could maybe be better spent elsewhere.
I currently have about $500 I could spend.
The two options I was considering was spending full budget on a Dewalt job site table saw or the direction I’m leaning:
– PC air compressor and tool combo (brad and finish nailer, staple gun) – currently on sale for $200
– Ridgid jig saw (already have batteries) – $130
– Bosch 2.25hp router with fixed and plunge bases – currently on sale for $190
I can already rip and crosscut with the circular saw. The air compressor and brad nailer is something I’ve wanted to have for a while and currently on sale. Same for the jig saw. With the router and a homemade table I could do rabbets/dados, joinery, and other finishing work. I have checked my local Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for used table saws and other tools and didn’t have much luck finding anything worthwhile.
Just curious what everyone’s thoughts are or if there are any other recommendations?
Also, as a beginner I know a lot of people use pocket hole joinery; I used a buddies Kreg Jig to build the bench and it was easy to use but I don’t love it. I would like to be able to build stuff with minimal fasteners and not spend $150ish dollars to get my own Kreg set-up. Could I fairly easily do mortise and tenons with the router? Are dowels a good option? I’ve seen mixed reviews on less expensive dowel jigs and if you bump up to something like DowelMax you’re in the same boat as Kreg with a couple hundred dollar outlay to get started. Any other options I’m overlooking?
Thanks in advance to anyone who made it this far and for any advice you can give!