|Forum topic by DetroitJoe||posted 12-26-2009 05:22 AM||1203 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-26-2009 05:22 AM
I grew up working on small projects with my dad (everything from little boxes to an occasional piece of furniture, etc.). I never worked really independently on a project from start to finish – he was always there to help. I did take a year of shop class in middle school, which taught me a bit more and allowed me to work a bit more on my own. In short, I have a general respect and understanding of wood, the tools, and the time that go into making beautiful pieces of work.
Now in my late 20’s, it has been about 12 years since I’ve chiseled on a pen holder or made a cut on the bandsaw. I am living in an apartment with a small (6.5’ x 7’) patio. For obvious reasons, I can’t have a bench outside or a permanent shop inside. I need some sort of portable setup that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Also, I am most interested in hand tool woodworking. I know that power tools are so much faster, but I have more time than space at this point.
I have some cash (read: a few hundred bucks at most) to pick up a some (sharp!!!!) tools, books, etc. I just need your input on where to start and what to get! I have read lots of posts on here that say to start with a bench, or start not with tools, but with just acquiring knowledge. I get it – but I want some cold steel so I can start practicing as I read/learn from all of you!
Sample projects that I can see wanting to work on: jewelry boxes, a blanket chest, small end tables or coffee table, wine rack, etc. Nothing super fancy…not aiming for professional cabinet-maker status at any point…just hoping to kick up some sawdust and churn out a few good looking items.
Thanks all, for your input!
-- - DetroitJoe