I It's hot sweaty, hard work. Afterwards you will ache in places you didn't know existed. And be dehydrated as you sweated out a gallon or more. Tylenol or Ibuprofen will become your best buddy.1. Before Getting Started
You must be willing to spend at least $350 on equipment to get started. You must also invest in modest recurring costs, such as medication and repairs.
Find a good used Radial Arm Sawafter thinking a bit and talking to a true wood worker, im going to use a router to make all the rabbet joints for nail and gluing and a circular saw and square for cutting the pieces of the long board, much safer that way and less messing around adjusting the dado blades..
I actually have one.LOL..its been stored under my work bench for years and I have a bunch of dado blades..a combo of lazyness and hip and knee surgeries for almost a year has prevented from alot of heavy work for me, but this winter I should be good to go..hopefully...do you have any plans you work from or just look them up online for the standard bee hive box for 10 frames? I cane reverse copy the boxes I buy, just minus the dove tails for connecting the corners, I figure gorilla glue and a brad or finish nailer will do the trick..I also have an old cast table saw, probably 2 buried in my shop, im sort of a tool hound, I end up buying out old shops for a set price and you get everything pretty cheap, I did that for a machinist too and got tons of equipment and accessories...I just figured the router was light and I could handle that till healed up ...Find a good used Radial Arm Saw
you can pick up a good used Sears (the earlier the better) for 300 or less, and a good crosscut blade + a good dado set will run less than another 100.
It will do do both the cross cuts and dado's easily.....AFTER you spend the time to make sure it is set up properly:
1) table flat (equidistant from the arm everywhere)
2) all 'slop' out of arm angle adjustment
3) arm at 90 degree mark = arm at 90 degrees from rip fence
4) blade at right angle to table (never had to adjust this in 40 years on mine)
Later you will want to build a table extension out each side to enable you to rip a full sheet of plywood.
I'm not saying you can do EVERYTHING with the R.A. that you can do with a table saw, in fact I'm on a Quest For An Old Craftsman Cast-Iron Construction Built-Like-A-Tank Table Saw right now....the two compliment each other.
I've got boxes going on 4 years with nothing but pre-drilled / countersunk wood screws holding them togetherI actually have one.LOL..its been stored under my work bench for years
I can reverse copy the boxes I buy, just minus the dove tails for connecting the corners, I figure gorilla glue and a brad or finish nailer will do the trick.....