my tools are pretty basic, basically a power drill, a circular saw, and a collection of old butter knifes that I use for screwdrivers :).
okay, it’s not quite that bad, I have screw drivers.
Anyway, I’m thinking about an upgrade, maybe buying something to help my next build. I’m thinking maybe a router or a table saw, but I want to get the most bang for my buck.
Im probably looking to spend 100$ or so, I was hoping I might get some recommendations from you folks.
My first answer would be ,......... take that 100 bux , and buy wood . and get at it . You seem to have all you "really" need , and, less tools . = more creative builds ... yada yada yada ..
But, . if you fancy a new toy . this comes highly recommended .
Rockwell Bladerunner X2
Hi Charles. I'm retired & hardly awash with cash, so I manage quite well with lots of patience & basic hand tools. The only power tools I have are chord & chordless drills, a jigsaw & circular saw. Having aids/jigs etc is a must though, for e.g. a home made table saw made with the circular saw. You may find this guy's tips helpful ~ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3SfkkQw9TmpjsFZTp3bdYw/videos
A set of screwdrivers are $15-$20
One tool I really like, is the Roto Zip, it’s made by other manufacturers also. It is a Dremel on steroids.
Swamp Witch is on point. You can build these with a power drill and hand tools.
Routers destroy stuff, and are hard to use unless they have a table and a fence.
Table saws are good for ripping wider sheets of material down to size, or reducing thickness. if you use it to reduce thickness stuff will still need to be planed or jointed to final dimensions. think about $300 for this tool. Inexpensive table saws are only good for construction work, not fine detail in my experience.
Compound miter saws are great for cutting stuff to length, angles and cut offs are much quicker and more accurate than a table saw. although material width is limited to about 5". Fairly good ones can be had for about $150
If you buy most of your lumber as dimension materials such as 1x3 for neck making, Then a compound miter saw would serve you well.
If you intended to rip wider stuff down say a 1x12 into 1x3 or cut plywood for tops for homemade boxes, then get a table saw. Your circular saw can already do this.
Hand tools can do everything mentioned and more. A good fine cut handsaw, small hand planner, chisels, rasps, sand paper and clamps. Can do almost anything you would need to do when making a cigar box guitar. Good hand tools will cost about the same as power tools but are less limited in use.
Find a used table saw with a portable stand. Save your money for a good blade, The decision is really based on how many you want to build. Making scarf joints, dados and other work is doable with hand tools, but a table saw makes quick and easy work of it...