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post #1 of 4 Old 02-25-2013, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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So... I hired a contractor to build out my basement. Electrical, drywall, framing, ect.. and before I got into woodworking we talked about him doing the finish work on the bar also.

Well I'm thinking now that I might give it a try myself. Now, I've not yet done any joinery work or anything. But he tells my wife the other day that he thinks I'm going to have a hard time with it and that he has more tools for joinery then I do. Now all I'm talking about doing is black walnut frames around curly maple raised panels.

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13" planer
6" Joiner
Table saw
12" compound miter saw
No4 Bailey hand plane
2 1/4 HP router with table

What am I missing that I would need to make these panels?
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You have more tools then I do and I wouldn't hesitate to get started. As a contractor myself I have to say that was wrong of him to say, but he may be low on work right now as most around here are, we are all faced with outside work for the most part and are facing white out conditions for the next day or two. I never tell the home owners they can't do a job, that is bad for business. Get started and good luck, as questions you may have here, plenty of folks to give the advice you need
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Depending on your design, you may be needing some router bits.

He may have been thinking about using shaper bits rather than router bits.

There are a number of ways to create panels, some would use shapers, some can use the table saw, some can use router bits.

If the bar will be finished in a typical hand rail, then you need to PM me about how to do the special compound cuts. You have the saw, but you need to know how to calculate the compound angles.
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i think it is more a question of how much of a learning process you want to make out of the project. i'm sure that given the time and effort, you can get it done.

will you finish it as fast as someone who has done it before? nope

will you make mistakes? yes.

will you have to scrap some stuff and try again? probably

will you learn alot? absolutely

will the final product be as good as it would be if an experienced carpenter did it? maybe

is the time and effort you will have to put in worth the pain of not having it done as quickly? <only you can answer this one>
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