Same for a bandsaw. It is really handy to have a bandsaw to use in building one. It isn't impossible to do it without, but it is certainly a lot harder. As far as whether to do it or not... I agree that it is probably a bad idea to do it to save money. On the other hand if you are really good at that kind of stuff and want to do it for the sake of doing it then why not. After all, we justify making furniture, knickknacks, musical instruments, and what not and most of us couldn't justify the costs other than because we derive enjoyment from the process. So I don't think it is unreasonable to do it for the same reasons we do woodworking at all. I have a brother who is at the moment building a bandsaw and I am pretty sure it will turn out fine given his progress so far and the fact that he is very resourceful, mechanically inclined, and experienced in related areas. I have my doubts that he will save any money, but fully expect that he will wind up with a working bandsaw and will derive a lot of enjoyment from the process. I built a thickness sander and it actually worked and was useful. It wasn't good enough that I didn't replace it with a real thickness sander though. I didn't spend much since I had almost everything I needed laying around and if nothing else it worked well enough that I was able to decide that a thickness sander was going to save me enough hand work to be well worthwhile.
Thanks Gang! The dovetail jig isn't all that bad, but I really need to follow the manual carefully. Before tackling the drawers I made a small poplar box with through DTs. The half blinds are a little gappy on that one corner of both drawers. I'm not sure, my left stop may not be entirely square or the way I'm guiding the router isn't quite right. Next time I use it I will take a little more time and see if I can get that cleared up. Thanks Shane. Despite not wanting to complicate the build, I just couldn't see myself using the dadoes and nails that are in the original. Hi Dyami. I'm pretty sure I'll be wiping on some Arm-R-Seal (which reminds me I need to order another can). Maybe some shellac on the interior of the drawers.