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#1 posted 12-11-2009 01:02 PM

Hi and welcome!

I’m pretty much a rookie myself (doing stuff less than a year, just learning as I go), first off this site is great (about 3 weeks in and I can’t tell you how much good stuff I’ve picked up from the people here already, they’re awesome)

When I got interested I started picking up woodworking magazines, not just for the articles and tool reviews but to look at the project plans and see how stuff is put together. My personal favorites (not only for cool projects but also because alot of the articles are easy for beginners to digest without being written assuming you’re a moron lol!) are Wood Magazine, ShopNotes, Woodsmith, and Woodcraft. I pick up various others if they have specific articles of interest but I only subscribe to those four currently. I have a small collection of other books I refer to if I need to go in-depth about a particular subject but magazines are great for condensing it all.

I don’t have much experience with alot of brands of tools or a huge variety of stuff, so I won’t presume to lecture on em (i’ll leave that for the veterans, I’d like to see what they use myself), tho I’ve learned not to get ahead of myself and just buy what I need when I need it for the project at hand, when I know I need something I try to look it up online and find one with good reviews (one thing I’ve learned is no matter your budget, always get the best tool you can afford, you buy cheap, you GET cheap – I learned the hard way to avoid most generic “store brand” tools like the plague).

Most of what I do have is Stanley and Craftsman stuff I inhereted from my dad, so when I need new stuff I tend to keep buying those brands and so far I haven’t been dissappointed. When it comes to power tools I have alot of Skil tools (theyre aimed at hobbyists, theyre not powerhouses but you get a decent tool for the price) tho I’ve been upgrading to Delta/Porter-Cable whenever I can find a deal. With clamps (you’ll end up with huge piles of those, trust me hehe) I like to mostly stick to Irwin, Jet, and Bessey. If there’s a Harbor Freight near you Pittsburgh clamps are very good, and extremely budget-friendly.

A couple great sites to buy tools and supplies if you don’t have a local store are and I’d say 90% of the stuff I’ve needed to order I’ve found on one of those two (rocker has a better selection, but I find woodcraft tends to have better prices and more frequent deals like free shipping)

I really can’t think of anything else (might have something to do with the fact its 5am, Jei am need sleep now lol) but stick around this site, you’ll learn a ton!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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