Starting out #1: Setting up shop

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Blog entry by mmurphr posted 05-15-2014 03:44 PM 1595 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, here I go!
A move away from overpriced California to much more affordable Arizona means that at 40, I finally own my own home. More importantly, I have my own workshop! Well, it’s more of a garage as things still get organized, but it’s on the way. It’s starting small, but on the way. I’ve got a new miter saw, and a well loved belt/disc sander that I picked up at a yard sale the other day. I have a narrow work bench that I want to put some wheels on, and picked up a low end vice to put on it. I’ve got a few files, a coping saw, and a couple other hand saws. Yup, that’s it. But, it’s a place to start. I’ve been listening to a few woodworking podcasts, and have decided that my best plan to start is to pick small and easy projects, and buy tools as I need them. It seems like boxes are a usual starting point, so perhaps I’ll start there. I’m excited to find this website, seems (so far) like it’s going to be a great resource as I learn and grow in woodworking.

-- Matt

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#1 posted 05-15-2014 03:58 PM

Welcome! Looking forward to seeing how things move along. Lots of ideas to be found here on Lumberjocks.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#2 posted 05-15-2014 03:59 PM

I wish I had read this book starting out. It might influence your approach and tool selection. Highly recommended.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-15-2014 04:12 PM

Thanks for the recommendation! I picked up this one and am really enjoying it so far. A lot of introductory information which I could research in more detail if I needed to.

-- Matt

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#4 posted 05-16-2014 03:08 AM

WQelcome, sounds like yu are off to a pretty good start

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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