If your aim is to make simple woodworking projects, you will not need that much of complicated and expensive machinery. This is especially true for those people that consider woodworking as a hobby and not something that brings them regular income. However, if you're starting to take it seriously, then quality equipment is something you're definitely going to need. You will need a couple of different saws to achieve the wanted precision and detail. And you certainly can not go about without a good table saw! They're useful for making different kind of cuts, like criss-cross cuts, square cuts and bevel cuts. Do not make it too difficult when you're just starting your business, but be sure to have the most common equipment.
Do not forget to have some drill presses around your workshop. Their use is drilling holes into the wood in a very detailed manner. If you want curved cuts, band and miter saws are used for that. They're quite necessary to have around. And you know what it's important to have good equipment? Same as with the old economist's saying, time is money. And having tools of good quality make you more effective at work, while saving time (or making more out of the limited time given if you will).
The thing about professionally crafted items is that they often come out better and finer looking compared to their mass manufactured counterparts. If you know that details of the finished product will not matter that much and you know that you need as many copies as you can, then sure, mass manufacture is the way to go. But if your client is looking for those finer details not found in it, then you can guess what the optimal thing to do would be. This is the exact reason why hand-made items are often priced more.
You often have to take into account the human fat that can not be avoided. I'm talking about everyone here. The woodworker who just finished making 20 chairs that day will be tired, you can count on that. And when one is tired and / or fatigued, the quality of one's work drops as well. I mean the precision, actually. That's one case where machinery definitely does better. Also, machines can do multiple things to wood at once.
It's important to always make the decision about the realization of the project yourself, as that's often the best judgment one can make. Just ask yourself a simple question what's expected more – the quality or the quantity of the finished product? That way you will determine the optimal route to take with ease.
Source by Thomas J Wallace