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03-03-2012 01:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: new woodworking question

I’m very new to woodworking and would like all the advice I can get on getting started and what’sneeded to set up a really good shop.

-- Michael Garrett

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 01:34 AM

what tipe of woodworking are you thinking
power or hand
and how big a shop do you have available now
and hope to set up

or stand alone
how much power does it have
and access

all this will help us help you

welcome to LJ’s !

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 01:38 AM

Such a loaded question. If you are looking for advice this is a great place to get it but a lot of what you are asking depends on what you would like to do. What kind of projects do yo think you would like to do?

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 01:48 AM

Hello bandit; To give you better advice it would be nice to know what tools you already have.I would start building with the tools you have and ad more tools as you find them necessary.

-- Bill Byron Center MI

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 01:51 AM

Hmm. Until I know more, I’d recommend acquiring decent chisels and layout tools (marking gauge, x-acto knife and a machinist combination square). Unless you’re doing wood-turning those are pretty much needed for any type of woodworking.

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 02:19 AM

Read this book

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 02:22 AM

MONEY, lots and lots of MONEY

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 02:26 AM

Awesome book I bought it 3 years ago

-- Bill Byron Center MI

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 02:39 AM

Hi Michael
Welcome to Ljs
That question has been asked very often ,I would suggest doing a search here on Ljs.

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 02:53 AM

BentheViking’s suggestion is great. Try the step stool or bench. They were my initiation into woodworking. Get some pine from Lowes or Home Depot and go at it. I built those with a circular saw and a cheap jigsaw. You will need to know what you need and want from there. Welcome to the site.

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 03:04 AM

Start simple. Buy just what you need. I started with a circular saw and saw horses. As you progress you’ll realize how bad store bought lumber is, so you’ll need a way to dimension lumber. That means a planer and a jointer. Then you’ll debate between a bandsaw and a table saw, your choice. And the list goes on and on, but a router sure is handy (and you’ll want a router table for it), sanders (sheet, random orbit, belt), sanding station, drill press, etc. And don’t forget dust collection. Finally every shop should have a good sturdy workbench or assembly table. Good luck starting out, whatever you buy always put safety first – accidents happen fast.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 03-03-2012 03:11 AM


You asked a question that is almost unanswerable. Suggest you spend time just wandering around this site with the search function which should help you to craft topic specific questions.

The LJ site is loaded with great information that you might learn from.

Welcome to Lumber Jocks!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#12 posted 03-03-2012 03:57 AM

So far I have a 10” Craftman Table Saw, 10” Compound sliding Miter Saw, Vertical Panel Saw, Drill Press. I have to set up my 2 car garage with cabinets and benches.

-- Michael Garrett

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#13 posted 03-03-2012 04:21 AM

here is the hand tools questions and some good answers

not everything
but some of the basics
to be added to as you go
like some here have said

you will know what to get as you need them

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 03-03-2012 05:19 AM

Welcome to LJs, a nice slice of insanity!!!

You will need a Psychiatrist, Banker, Pharmacologist, Electrician, Sawyer…...........

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#15 posted 03-03-2012 06:16 AM

I wonder if the writer is going to read this so many times these vague questions are never revisited. The first thing you need to do is ask your self the questions Patron asked you what kind of shop do you want and how big is your workspace. if you are confined to a very small space a had tool shop will serve you best if you are lucky and have a barn the size of a small basketball court then you may want to go the power tool route or you may opt for hand tools because they let you work the wood and there is less dust and less noise or maybe you watched Norm Abram and want to have a new Yankee Workshop in your basement . the reason you need to decide is clear you can do everything with out power tools but most woodworkers these days are of the Hybridized type they use both hand and power tools why its faster and lets you get the work done what is best well ask a hundred woodworkers you will get similar reply’s however no two will be exactly alike nor should they be which ever way you go you will need saws to cut planes and jointers to flatten and drills to bore holes there are tons of little tools that will make life easier and i agree buy them when you need them unless you have Obama’s budget you will want to only buy what you need if you don’t need it to finish the job save your money for a better saw wither it be a table saw or a disston hand saw if you want to learn allot about woodworking join rob cosmans site and they are going to be building a bench this next month no mater what kind of woodworking you are going to do you need a bench good luck

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