Re: Mandolin Building costs
Honestly, when you're just starting out, all you need, (unless your preferences are very different) is a good bandsaw, a good drill press, a good set of chisels, a few gouges, measuring tools, coping saw, fretting saw, lotsa clamps (you can make these yerself you know), and a good solid plane. After that go through the steps of building the thing in your head and decide how you'd like to go about doing it. Most of these tools can find good use in the hands of any woodworker as well, so if you must bail out, which is indeed a very fine possibility, you can get rid of them easily enough, but you definitely won't get all your money back.
As for cost, the bandsaw and the drill press can easily total around 500-600 dollars, but that's for basic stuff, which is really all you need for a small shop. I got a small shop, and I can't see growing out of it really. the chisels don't have to cost too much at first. Get cheaper ones at first and then when you're making money decide whether you actually want to upgrade. I can get my stanley chisels pretty dang sharp so I'm quite satisfied. Shop smart and keep an eye out for yard sales and flea markets. Old tools are always better if they're in decent shape and don't run on electricity. I recommend staying away from old power tools unless you trust the seller to have your back if it breaks down on you. So the overall cost of all this stuff could come out to about two grand, five grand, however you go about it. For everything but power tools, harbor freight is a good source for cheap tools that work well enough for an amateur, which you are, I know this because I am and I actually have a shop hehe. Good luck!
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