A quick introduction to get things started here. I’m just getting started in woodworking, and thought it would be an interesting idea to post the lessons (mistakes?) I’m learning as I learn them. Things like the importance of “measure twice, cut once”, etc. Whether you guys know it or not, I’ve already accumulated a large amount of knowledge from the discussions, projects, and blogs here at LJ. As I try to turn that knowledge into actual skills and projects this is my attempt to give back a little and maybe help those that come after me.
I already have several lessons queued up, so hopefully I can keep this going for a while.
So without further ado… Lesson #1: good tools are expensive
Ok I know this is kind of a cop-out, but I forgot my camera with pics of my melted shop-vac at home, so that’ll have to be #2. But seriously, I’ve always been a big fan of buying quality tools (in all aspects of life, not just woodworking) with the goal of not having to buy that tool again. This is why I have the Bosch router kit rather than the Black & Decker, the DeWalt miter saw rather than the Task Force, etc. Unfortunately, this also means that the same start up budget doesn’t buy quite the same “volume” of tools, so I’m getting plenty of opportunities to exercise my creativity in making do without the big tools like a table saw, drill press, band saw, jointer, planer, and so on. Which should result in a few more “lessons” down the road :o) Although with that said, I’m kind of glad that I’m starting out with a more modest set of tools, if for no other reason than I’ll appreciate the nice ones when I can justify their purchase.
Stay tuned for next time, when we learn the dangers of using a shop vac for 100% of your dust collection needs.