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Blog entry by Vaborn7795 posted 01-23-2011 09:54 PM 1172 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a new woodworker. I have purchased a table saw, a drill press, a router and few other things. But now I find myself really interested in the Hand Tool School Shanon at the Renaissance woodworker is hosting. I’m not to keen about the idea of saw long pieces of wood, but I do like the idea of learning to hand sawing tenons and dove tails as well as all the other cool stuff.

For now, i think a G0555 The Ultimate 14” Bandsaw will be my last addition of powered tools. Next, it’ll be a healthy supply Veritas plans and dove tail saws. Then an annual subscription to the hand tool school.

-- "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish, and you feed yourself. He's a grown man. Fishing's not that hard." Ron Swanson 2009

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 10:18 PM

I too would like a band saw but they are so darn expensive ..cheapest I can see is a delta 14 for $349 plus tax. I love woodworking but it is a very expensive hobby

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#2 posted 01-23-2011 10:45 PM

If you want to go cheap without sacrificing quality look into Grizzly. My jointer, table saw, drill press, planer and band saw are Grizzly and despite not having all of the features some of the premium brands have I have been more than satisfied. There accurate and work well for my business. I have a small shop too. A lot of wood workers, including myself, have found that mobile bases for your tools really help when space is an issue. The more stuff you can move out of the way when not in use, the more room you have for more awesome wood working tools!!

-- Dave McCool Junction, NE

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#3 posted 01-23-2011 11:16 PM

There is much irony in the fact that the better a woodworker one is the better he must understand the use of his hand tools. Many times in fine craftsmanship no machine can accomplish what can be done with a hand tool, half-blind dovetails and stopped dadoes for example.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 12:58 AM

isn´t itlovely how woodworking can make you think even before the first cut ….LOL

and don´t worry about mixing powertools and handtools its a hobby for you and its about
having fun doing it alot of powertool workers wont use handtools and vice versa
but the right tool for the job must be the right thing to do, you shuold just know
that if you are only making a few meters or a single operation then its often so that you will
be finished long before , with a handtool , you have set up the power tool correct and started
on the realpiece ,
so a mix is a good choice , another thing even the Renaissance woodworker have and use powertools too

enjoy and have fun

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 02:12 AM

Just looked at the offering from the renaissance woodworker. Looks interesting, and i can see it to be of good value. I may join you!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 02:21 AM

First of all, what great feedback on just my first post! I can see already why this is the place to be for woodworking enthusiast.

Mobile basis are definitely the ticket for small shops. I put my table saw one and plan to put my band saw (once purchased).

-- "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Don't teach a man to fish, and you feed yourself. He's a grown man. Fishing's not that hard." Ron Swanson 2009

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 05:52 AM

I have a smaller shop and most everything is mobile. Nothing wrong with getting into hand tools. I am more of a power tool guy but admire guys that do woodworking by hand. If you look at my shop it might give you some ideas. Have fun no matter what you do.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 08:45 PM

I just added a few feet on to my shed (read that shop) and now I am rearranging everything and building storage. Storage seems to be the biggest problem. As soon as it gets warmer, I am going to empty most of the stuff out and finish the shelving, vac system and benches. I just got a 14” bandsaw in December, but with the mess in the shed, it don’t have room to assembly it yet. Spring is almost here and I’ll get it cleaned out soon. Enjoy your time in the shop before it gets too hot to work.

-- RT --- The older I get, the smarter my father gets. I should have paid more attention when I was younger.

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