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04-13-2012 02:12 PM

hi im 28 years old and resently found a interest in wood working baceuse im very picky and i really dont like most f the forniture they sell as im looking for forniture because im geting married soon i dont like that you got to pay alot of money to get good quality so i desided that even if it takes me forever im gonna biuld my own forniture i have a few tools i have bought so far but i would love to get a list of the most comun tools used in wood working also im desiding where ti buy a table saw or just get a miter saw as my first project i anna make a toy chest for my son and i say some really good ones in the project section now do i need to get the blue prints or just go with my heart and do it the way i want it i being watching altot of videos and reading some blogs about wood working and so far this is the best one i have come across so if some one can help me with tips and some advice on books or litarature to read would be really apresiated

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 02:23 PM

Welcome to LJs has. On the upper right hand corner of your page, you should see a little box that says “Search” This is a very useful feature and should help you find articles, tips, and recommendations that should help you. There is also a Reviews section that should give you an idea on what brands are highly recommended and which ones can cause problems. I did a search on tool list. for you. The hyperlink will take you a number of posts and some of them have lists for new woodworkers. As a side note, the reviews section also includes impressions on a number of woodworking books.

Since you are new, I would suggest starting out with some basic projects to get your feet wet. The toy chest you speak of would make a good start. Try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Woodworking is an art that takes some time to learn and grow into.

Good luck and do not hesitate to post a question. Many folks out here will give you a well defined answer. Much woodworking experience lies on this site so take full advantage :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 02:26 PM

Welcome to LJs
I echo what David said.

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 02:30 PM

My suggestion; since your new to woodworking get some training on the use of power tools from another woodworker or class. Woodworking is a great hobby but it can be very dangerous if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. A table saw would be at the top of my list. If you buy used (CraigsList, Ebay, etc…) you might have to invest more time to get it in good condition but will save a lot of $. Second a drill press, then a router table (you could make that and save again). A bandsaw would be nice but a jigsaw will work in the meatime. Handtools: smoothing plane and a then a large plane for jointing and a set of 4 chisels. If you have any $ left; a planer will save you alot of time from hand planing each board. Hope this helps. Good luck.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 02:31 PM

Welcome to LJ’s Has!

Best wishes on your marriage and +1 for Davids advice. Have fun making your projects and we’re here to help you on your journey.

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 02:37 PM

well when it comes to power tools i have plenty of experience of dangerous tools as i have worked in a machine shop since im 18 i know safety is number one rule so most of the technical stuff like blueprint measurement and stuff but wood working is completelly diferent from metal working and tnx alot for the advice guys i will fallow any tips you guys give me as like you guys said is an art and like every art takes long time to master apresiate everything tnx

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 10:23 PM

Maybe a lot of people don’t do it but have you considered taking ideas and making your own design. Thats all I do I make all my designs I don’t go by other peoples designs. That way you build it how you want it and it will be unique because it’s your design and not someones elses. Just a thought.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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