I hate to do this to you guys, but after searching over and over at several places, I still have questions... 1. I've found good deals on a 3 1/4 hp Makita router (15 amps, 22,000 RPM) and a 1 1/4 Makita router (7.8 amps and 24,000 RPM). I'm concerned with the 3 1/4 being too big for freehand use (Following a templete, of course. By freehand I mean out of a table mounting.) and the 1 1/4 being too underpowered to handle the harder woods like wenge, purpleheart, and cocobolo that I intend to use. If anyone has experience on how similar powered routers have done in these situations, please share. I'm also open to suggestions on routers, but I'm on an extremely tight budget, so if it's over 150$, it better be perfect. I probably can't afford anything over 200$. 2. What the hell am I supposed to use to cut out the body shape without breaking the bank? Bandsaws are too expensive (Unless there's an inexpensive 9" that will suffice for most things other than resawing?), scroll saws are too weak and the blades break too easily, and most jigsaws have trouble with the depth of body blanks and still can't resaw. Again, I'd be grateful for any suggestions aroung 150$, and not much more than 200$. 3. How much do I need a drill press? They're obviously useful, but so are drill stands which seem easier to adjust the angle of the hole with, and allow you to turn your drill into a bottom mounted spindle sander when mounted into a table. 4. How is a hobbyist supposed to join things like body and neck laminates? Has anyone used the jig in Koch's book for using a router for jointing?