I’m a newbie. I make no pretensions to be anything other than a newbie. To make matters worse, I’ll soon be moving away from a home with a 12×16 garage to a place with a 6’x6’ storage room. It’s going to be tight. However, I’m not backing down from this. Right now, money is far to tight to build a workshop in the back yard. There IS a screened in back porch and a patio that I’ll be able to make use out of, but my wife has this silly idea in her head that it should still be available for family use. I have no idea WHY she’d think that, but she does.
Now, because of my limited space, things like a cabinet saw are out. Even a bench top saw is going to be hard to manage, so I’m stuck with my circular saw and compound miter saw, which can be stored very easily. For the most part, I’m looking at hand tools. I’m in the process of gathering tools and getting a feel for them.
So far, only one has disappointed, and that is a used Japanese Z Saw 10” rip saw. However, I plan on getting a new blade and make sure it’s not just a dull blade instead of a bad saw. I’m also going to try and get some western style saws as well. That way, if the Japanese saw just won’t cut it (pun fully intended), I’ve got something to fall back on. Not only that, but I can truly experiment and see which will work better for me.
Just a side note, if anyone wants Japanese chisels, but doesn’t want to spend a fortune for them, I have to recommend Grizzly’s Japanese chisels. They’re inexpensive, and while they won’t win you over on looks, they appear to be very well constructed. I’ve got the 3/4” and 1” already, and the 1/2” and 1/4 should be here Tuesday (all ordered at the same time). They look like they’re worth more than Grizzly is charging for them!
OK. Enough rambling from the newbie. I’m going to bed. Thanks for reading :D
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!