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Forum topic by DaveJAM posted 01-01-2010 08:56 PM 1068 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-01-2010 08:56 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beginner starting equipment basic question

I hope everyone’s had a merry Christmas and New Year.

I’m looking at starting my own garage workshop, the intention being to learn some basic skills and hopefully create presents for next Christmas, board games and jewelry boxes.

Having not picked up a chisel since school I wonder what i should buy that will allow me to start simple projects?

I already have an electric drill, jigsaw and dremel which I use for household DIY

I have my eye on a workbench Workbench a draper carpenters workbench @ £120, but i would also appreciate advice as to what a basic hand tool set consists of and which is the best book for beginners.


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#1 posted 01-01-2010 11:44 PM

You did not indicate if you intend to work with hand tools or power tools.
In either case I would consider a table saw a basic tool for wood working. Beyond that it would help to know your intended method of approach to wood working; hand or power?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 11:51 PM

Welcome to lumberjocks!

measuring devices – square, combination square, rulers, straight edge
marking devices (can also be shopmade)
set of chisels #5 hand plane

this should get you started.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 11:51 PM

Thanks for the response LesB, I intend to work with hand tools, I really just need few basic tools to get started. There is a bewildering array of chisels, planes etc. I don’t know what to buy to get underway

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 11:53 PM

Thanks purplev, I shall raid my local hardware store this weekend!

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#5 posted 01-02-2010 12:24 AM

Hi dave i have just sent you a welcome PM were in the uk are you


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#6 posted 01-02-2010 12:39 AM

Well the most used tool is a table saw Like Les said also the items purplev listed and a router with router bits.
Chop saw. and a lot more. There are a set of books put out by tauntom press by Tage Frid. I would also say subscribe to finewoodworking and Finewoodworking .com.

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#7 posted 01-02-2010 04:38 AM

Without a good workbench the best hand tools are almost useless. Look for a bench that has shoulder and tail vices, and a row of bench dog openings for clamping a board to the surface of the bench. Chisels, hand planes, carving tools, ect. can’t be used unless they are sharp. Invest in some water stones and a honing guide, perhaps even take a class on sharpening.

Becoming proficient with hand tools will give you a solid woodworking foundation. best of luck.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 01:50 PM

Thank you all for your responses.
I have bought Tage Frids first two books and am going out today, having tidied the garage, to buy some tools to get me started.

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