I’m just starting to get into woodworking. I’m frustrated with the lack of quality of most crap being sold and I cant afford to by stuff that would meet me quality standards. I’ve done enough research to know that woodworking isn’t an inexpensive hobby and I know I’ll have to drop some cash to make the things I want…including the cost of making mistakes, which will inevitably be made. It’s simply part of the learning process. Even if I end up spending more making something vs buying it, I know I will still gain knowledge and the simple enjoyment of making something with my own two hands as opposed to simply swiping the debit card, although I’m sure there will be plenty of that as well in this venture.
I have an decent Craftsman miter saw (may be an oxymoron to some), an inexpensive table saw, an inexpensive router, a single Stanley plane, a 1/2 inch old Stanley chisel I inherited somewhere along the line, a Kreg jig, and a few very cheap clamps from Harbor Freight. While what I make probably wont be considered “fine” woodworking (at least by me), I’m still hoping to make some decent projects that my family will be happy to have in our home. As my woodworking skills mature, I’m hoping to upgrade some of the equipment.
Time to get started!