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#1 posted 11-07-2012 12:29 PM

Wow, that’s an impressive list. Each tool in my shop was a separate purchase with months or years between major tools. It takes a while to get proficient with most complex machines and you’ve got a lot of new equipment to learn how to use. Good Luck!!!!!!

When I was starting, I subscribed to a bunch of woodworking magazines. Wood Magazine had the best plans for the furniture I wanted to build. Shopnotes had the best jigs, Woodsmith had some advanced furniture I only wished I had the skills to build, and Fine Woodworking had plans and instructions that were way over my head. After several years, I still subscribe to Wood Magazine. Some of the others I subscribe to if I get a mailing from them with a price I can’t turn down. The rest I buy if they have something in them that I’d like to build or information I’m interested in. Used bookstores are also a good resource for cheap woodworking books and magazines. Ditto for E-Bay. I got back issues of Wood Magazine from 1995 to 2005 for less than $25. The seller also packed a bunch of other woodworking magazines in the boxes. Craig’s List’s tool section has been the biggest source for tools for the last two years.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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