Last post I realized that to build a workbench you first need a workbench. Which means you either need to find a friend with a workbench or you need to jerry rig one. I chose the latter. My bench is only 16” or so off the ground, so it’s not the greatest surface to work on, but hey. It’s something to brace on and cut on as I build my saw horses (saw benches?). This leads me to my big epiphany. My first true project is not a true workbench! It is a pair of saw horses/saw benches.
Which means I’ll have a project that I can complete in a very reasonable amount of time! Very few tools are required for my first project!
That was a very exciting realization for me; mostly because it was very disheartening to look at the workbench as this long bear of a project that is going to cost a fortune in tool purchases to get started on! After all, I just want to cut some wood and make some stuff. I’m not entirely particular what I want to make. I just want to make something so I can look at it and feel manly and accomplished.
So now it is literally time to get things off the ground… and onto my tough boxes! I found a sheet of plywood in my garage that I’m using as a makeshift bench top. So color me excited. I also made my first set of purchases toward starting a woodworking tool collection. My first purchase looked like this:
- A cheap 6” block plane: $10, to square off the really rough cuts that my cheap saw makes
- 4 set of chisels that were on clearance: Ideally I would like wooden handled, nicer chisels, but these have decent reviews and I can just sharpen them up (they were a little dull)
- box of 3” screws: these were also on clearance
- 4 pack of dewalt quick release clamps
- 2 jorgensen bar clamps that were on clearance
- lots of wood glue
- 4 snap clamps that cost about 3 dollars for the set
Most of the other things I had already purchased. Color me excited to get home and start working on this.
Also, thanks to all the people who have been commenting and giving advice! It’s extremely helpful, I’ll try and encorporate as much of the advice into these posts as possible.
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