First things first before you begin your very first DIY project from scratch and with wood. Apart from the necessary planning, you are going to need the right wood working tools to go with the project you have in mind. This may be easier said than done when you realize just how expensive these tools can be. But that was only your first glance. And have you also considered taking lessons before you begin your first project on your own?
To make your DIY life truly worthwhile, this is a practical way to begin. Learn from the masters. Learn to fully appreciate the quality craftsmanship that goes into fine cabinet making. If you have come into this project for the first time with the attitude that this is just another job you’ll be doing around the house then perhaps it is not too late to rethink this. But we hope that you are indeed one of those who regards his first project as something of a passion.
It will be more than a hobby. This could be a calling. Let’s talk a little about the dedication required to determine the correct tools of the trade. You might not be in need of Planers(read here for planer reviews) at this point.Do not be easily swayed by sales clerks who have one obvious objective in mind. Go to the bespoke hardware retailers who have similar dedications towards DIY project work. Better still; go to the specialist retailers dedicated entirely to servicing the needs of cabinet makers and woodworkers.
You will be learning from dedicated professionals what tools to begin with. Also, after telling them about your first DIY project, they will know exactly what tools to start you off with. One piece of advice that we found quite horrendous was to go for the cheapest tools you can find. Not good if you have quality in mind.