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Carpentry Question

I am a college student living in an apartment, so I am limited in terms of tools. The only power tool I own is a drill. Is there any place that would either allow me to use their tools or do a few cuts for me cheaply? I am thinking that Home Depot and Lowe's won't do it, since I want to use a miter saw. Ideally, I'd also like to be able to do biscuit joints and countersunk screws, but I think that might be asking for a bit much.

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I use my school's wood & metal shop sometimes.

Just take a woodworking course or make friends with the shopkeeper... You can make a aquarium stand on the weekends.

Make sure to get trained on the equipments. I don't think they would let you use it otherwise.

I've seen some bloody stumps.


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There are many places that rent power tools such as Home Depot.

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You can buy a tool for roughly $20 to countersink screws. It attaches to any drill. It is by far my favoite tool. Basically it is a drill bit on one side with a countersink head near the base (for the countersink hole). On the other side, it has a place to attach a phillips or whatever type of head you want. The coolest part is that it has a quick dissconnect to flip back and forth between the two sides. I know that Dewalt and Porter Cable make them. I have used both. I like Porter cable the most. To give you an idea about durability, I was able to finish my basement with one Porter Cable tool and it is still going strong.

As far as your mitered joints go, I know that Lowes and Home Depot will cut plywood or sheets of lumber for you. At one time, Home Depot used to have a compound miter saw for cutting lumber. I haven't payed too much attention to seeing the miter saw lately, but I would check with them.

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Well, the Porter Cable website sucks. Couldn't find what I was talking about. I did find it on the Dewalt site though!

http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/ac...categoryID=581

If you look at the picture on that page, you will see the phillips head. Basically, you would just push the locking mechanisim forward which would release the middle section, then flip and you have a countersinking drill bit on the other side.

I love those things...

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Hmmm...interesting link, thanks for that. I have a really bad drill, I will have to see if I can work with it.

I know how to use most of the stuff I'm looking for. I'd be afraid to use something I didn't know how to

Our school does have nice equipment, but unfortunately, you need to be in some kind of extracurricular activity with a faculty advisor to use it. Shouldn't have quit our aerospace club

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A counter sinking bit is cheap, only a few dollars. Looks like this http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/v...&name=A4contsk Shouldn't cost close to 20 dollars, but BiscuitSlayer is talking about a drill bit with a countersinking base all in one. Those are convient sometimes but not as usfull sometimes as the depth of the hole made will always be the same. Even cheaper still, you could just use a big drill bit.
My local Rona will do as many cuts as you want but they charge something like a dollar per cut. Not absolutely sure how much they charge, I've never had to use this service. I always recomend buying your own tools. It doesn't have to be very expensive. Unless you're a contractor, there is no need to buy the very best tools. Just get some cheap to mid level tools. Or you could even try a pawn shop. Pawn shops are always loaded with power tools but for me i'd rather buy brand new cheap tools over used pawn shop tools.
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i am not sure if you like this idea.

Not long before, I bought one power saw at HD, and thought would return it when the project finished. I lived in an apartment, too. But somehow, i decided to keep it.


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i am not sure if you like this idea.

Not long before, I bought one power saw at HD, and thought would return it when the project finished. I lived in an apartment, too. But somehow, i decided to keep it.
Please don't do this. It's almost as bad as stealing.
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Please don't do this. It's almost as bad as stealing.
He wound up keeping it though. He was going to return it after the project but wound up keeping it.

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Like already mentioned, alot places rent tools HD included.

Another idea would be to walk onto a jobsite in burb being built near you and just ask one of the guys.
You could always offer to buy lunch, clean up around the worksite etc.

You could even land a summer job.


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^^ That's almost exactly how I began working in construction! 17 years later, I'm just now opening a tropical fish store~

Scale, what type of stand do you have in mind? With a power drill and a crosscut or "skill" saw, you can make an awful lot of simple stands. If you are hoping to build a cabinet, it will get more complex with the design. Schools have a ton of resources, I bet there's some way to access their woodshop after some training.
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