I just had to try that picture posting thingie again, cause I'm persistant (or stubborn) (or stupid!).
I built the attached CD rack about 3 years ago, before I had fancy tools. Basically, I used my (old) faithful Makita benchtop TS, a Micky Mouse bandsaw (or was that Fisher-Price) an old craftsman router and a cordless drill.
Not much in the way of 'fancy' joinery, mostly glued and screwed together, with the screw holes plugged. (For years, that was my hallmark, matching (screw) plugs to the surrounding wood grain).
The case is all pine, about 42" wide by 26" tall overall, has three drawers in the front, with two 'hidden compartments' located between each pair of drawers. Total running CD space is about 10 feet.
I guess the whole point of this thread is: you don't necessarily need 'the best of the best in woodworking tools' to produce acceptable projects. It was fun to build, and now resides in a friends house.
When I was a kid I would spend the summers with my grandparents in southeast Oklahoma. Each summer I added a floor to my treehouse. By the time it was finished it had 7 seven floors or platforms, including one on the ground (accessible only from above!). Southeast Oklahoma has wonderful trees and the pine sawmills were my candy store.
Out hopuse has a 2nd floor deck nestled in some oaks and looks out over the backyard and the golf course. Someday I'm going to build all pine furniture for this part of the house and remember the happiest days of my childhood, the smell of fresh sawed pine and sitting in trees.
I'd give my eye teeth for some honest to goodness cherry, or rock maple, walnut, or anything akin to real hardwood.
I use pine out of necessity. Because it's cheap, and it's available. Over the course of the past 6 years of 'renovating' (a never ending project) I've introduced a ton (tonne for our metric friends) of pine to the interior of the house. All interior window sashes, frames and sills are natural pine, kitchen cupboards and wainscotting, ceiling in the family room and (informal) dining room. Baseboard trim and stairs (both treads and handrails) are in hemlock (the poor man's oak) and a few things here and there in yellow cedar. Over time, they all end up with much the same patina, a nice, warm, honey flavored color that give the place a country feel. I kinda like it :)