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Posted on Help...New shop set up...what tools should I get first?

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#1 posted 07-11-2012 03:21 AM

There is a lot of great advice here. Clamps – I have some C clamps. Have no idea what size they are. Some spring clamps as well. Every time I go to the store I sit and stare at them and have no idea which ones to get. I found a set that had three or four different kinds. I think I’ll get that.
I have a pretty good tape measure. I think I’d like to get anther that’s smaller. I also have a square, a decent level and an exactly knife. I’d like to get a steel rule though.
As far as space, my garage is a very small one car garage. I have to share it with my husband. Right now I’m pretty much pulling all my tools out of the garage and working outside. So having the ability to be able to move things in and out easily is a plus.
Right now I’m planning small projects. I made a picture frame today. Was pretty excited. I’d like to make some work benches for my tools. I found some plans for a miter saw table cart on that I really like. And after pricing a Bessey clamp to clamp my picture frame I thought about making my own…. Of course I need a drill press for that. I have a small table my son made iat school and I’d like to make another one for beside my bed. A couple of other small projects I’d like to try is a lazy usan, a cutting board, and a couple other things like the picture frame clamp.

Block plane? I was asking my husband about them and he made it sound like they were really hard to use.

One thing I did think about that Paul mentioned was the finishes and other consumables. I have some wood glue and I bought 3 different size sandpapered for my sander. 60-100-150. My husband has several for a sander that he has (I hate it) and I have a little sanding block.

Screws? Nails? Which finishes? Not sure which ones so I thought I’d get some 1 qt sizes of a couple to see which ones I like. I figured I’d practice with my router and miter saw making some frames as Christmas presents and try some different finishes on them.

Oh… And my brother wants me to make him a bread box. So I will need to get on that. Haven’t found a plan yet.

Thanks for all the replies and the welcomes. I look forward to all the things I’ll learn on here and sharing my projects.

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