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Old 02-11-2012, 01:43 AM   #21
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I also do woodworking as a hobby and agree with most of what the other hobbyist woodworkers state. Most if not all of us do woodworking because we enjoy building things with our hands, we don't do it to save money. You would need to invest a sizable amount of money in getting the right tools. I doubt I will ever re-coop the cost I have invested in all my tools but I'm not trying to either. A good set of cabinets have to be very square for everything to fit properly (drawers, doors, etc.). Trust me, it's not as easy as it sounds. You need to have your table saw calibrated so all cuts are square and repeatable, a quality table saw fence is a must. Being off by just 1/32" will start to multiply itself with multiple cuts and throw everything way off. Getting a good quality finish on your cabinets is also a real art form and will only come from experience. If you really want to try it I would suggest you try building a basic shop/garage cabinet first to get a feel what you're getting into. Go out and price what good quality maple plywood (and hardwood) will cost you. It's not cheap!!!

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