Work Your Plan
When I begin a woodworking project, I think through the joinery and how I am going to execute those tasks. Something that has become clear to me of late is that a major factor in deciding how I am going to build something has to do with the tools that I own. Sometimes my personal preference comes to the fore. For example, I prefer to plow dadoes and grooves with a table saw and a dado stack. I have several routers and router tables, but the table saw is my preference. (To stop a firestorm of comments … I don’t claim it is better, it’s just my preference.)
But other times it is simply the availability of one machine over another that drives my work flow. I used to make fairly traditional mortise-and-tenon joints most of the time, machining the pieces with a mortising machine and tenoning jig on my table saw. I sold my mortising machine, so now primarily I use Domino joints instead.
I bring this up to ask a question: If you had the opportunity to get one more machine to improve your joinery options, what would it be?
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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