Hi again, Everyone:
Thanks so much for the input. Because it was late at night when I typed my question (and because my computer was having problems), I forgot to mention that I do have the following:
Inexpensive miter box
really bad hand miter saw
various drill bits (up to about 3/8 inch)
One inch drill spade
6 inch plastic speed square
metal 15 inch square
a good measuring tape
several A clamps
a 48 inch long level
The only tool you have that could do any joinery (dowels) is a drill. But then you would need drill bits/Forstner bits/hole saws, appropriate for the size dowel holes you need to make.
Thank you, cabinetman. Yes, I can budget for the dowels and a couple different size drill bits (if I don't already have the appropriate sizes - I have lots of drill bits lying around that I inherited). My drill has a couple of levels on it, and I think with decent drill bits I could drill some holes that are more than acceptable.
Is jointing with dowels pretty strong in general? How strong is it for miter cuts?
At a minimum you need to add a miter box and good hand saw.
Thank you, George.
Will I really have to do miter cuts by hand
? One of the main reasons I bought the circular saw was so that I WOULDN'T
have to do miter cuts by hand!!!
Thank you, Dave:
I will get to the library and check out some books. In the meantime, trying to learn as much online as possible. So if there are any good websites someone can recommend for basic stuff, that would be great - otherwise, it seems like the only thing out there is ehow / expert village, and I am kind of suspicious about those sites.
One other thing: Would getting a coping saw, or an inexpensive (used) router or some other tool not be a good investment for making joints?
Thanks in advance.