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msudawg12

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08-05-2014 01:25 AM

Hey everyone. I’ve joined LJ at the recommendation of some people from a sports message board. Have been perusing the last hour or so and am excited.

I’ll start by saying i’m sort of new to woodworking. I grew up helping my great uncle when I was young. He did some really great things that were very impressive. During college and early marriage I have not done much but now have a baby on the way and will be spending more time at home and less time traveling and am looking in really starting to do some of my own work.

I have a decent amount of tools between my Uncle’s old stuff (he’s passed now) and can use some of my dad’s stuff as well. They both did a lot of “old school” work and have not utilized many modern tools so to speak. I do request any suggestions for ESSENTIAL tools you would recommend for a beginner.

i’m also curious about resources with plans for projects until i’m confident enough to venture out on my own.

Any help would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to contributing a lot to this forum and becoming an active member.

Thank you in advance!

-- Josh, Meridian, MS


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crank49

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 01:34 AM

Consider yourself truly blessed to have a stash of “Old stuff” and such.
Very few “Modern tools” would be considered an upgrade.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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TheFridge

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 01:35 AM

I would help you if you weren’t a Mississippi state fan.

Welcome, just kidding. Half kidding. Geaux tigers.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 01:42 AM

Take a look around the site. If you see a project or something you like or have a question with just ask. Asking what kind of tools will probably open a can of worms because everyone has their opinions but all the responses are usually relative and good.

Building a good workbench is always a good start. Table saw, chisels, a few hand planes, learning how to sharpen tools (huge part of woodworking in general), a couple shop made jigs and you can figure the rest out as you go.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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whitebeast88

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 01:59 AM

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Hopdevil

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 02:07 AM

Welcome aboard!

-- Buzz ---- Message sent from the End of the Internet.

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msudawg12

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#6 posted 08-05-2014 02:22 AM



Consider yourself truly blessed to have a stash of “Old stuff” and such.
Very few “Modern tools” would be considered an upgrade.

- crank49

Ha! I definitely agree with that. I’m not by any means suggesting that these tools are inferior. I was merely stating that there are some tools that make some jobs much easier now.

-- Josh, Meridian, MS

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msudawg12

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#7 posted 08-05-2014 02:23 AM


I would help you if you weren’t a Mississippi state fan.

Welcome, just kidding. Half kidding. Geaux tigers.

Take a look around the site. If you see a project or something you like or have a question with just ask. Asking what kind of tools will probably open a can of worms because everyone has their opinions but all the responses are usually relative and good.

Building a good workbench is always a good start. Table saw, chisels, a few hand planes, learning how to sharpen tools (huge part of woodworking in general), a couple shop made jigs and you can figure the rest out as you go.

- TheFridge

ha! I appreciate the comments despite coming from a corn dog. it might make you feel better to know that I was at your 03 championship in NOLA wearing purple and yellow. my sister danced at halftime

thank you for the comments

-- Josh, Meridian, MS

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diverlloyd

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#8 posted 08-05-2014 04:23 AM

Welcome to lumber jocks. Learn to use the tools you have before you start buying new things. Doing things by hand will give you a better idea of how things work and will make you more knowledgeable about how to lay things out and how things go together. It will make you a better and smarter woodworker in the long run. If you go through most of the forums you will see that in posts of people who buy a lot of new tools and are now doing it the old way. Like sanding which sucks I use hand planes so no more sanding for me except on the metal stuff I build. With that being said I do use my table saw often and I have had new ones and old ones now I have a craftsman zipcode table saw and like it a lot. I also use my drill and impact driver a lot, almost every thing can be made with those tools and a mechanical pencil.

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waho6o9

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#9 posted 08-05-2014 04:26 AM

welcome to Lumber Jocks.

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Joshua Oehler

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#10 posted 08-05-2014 04:36 AM

Welcome to LJ!!! It is a great community for masters and beginners to interact with each other.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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Paul

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#11 posted 08-05-2014 04:47 AM

Welcome!

I also suggest that you learn to use and utilize the tools you currently have before branching out and buying. A 90 year old flat head screw driver can tighten a screw, clean the dirt under my nails, file my nails, open pain/stain/poly cans, open my beer, pry off a painted on electrical fixture.

The point is you don’t know what you have until you use it.

My newest trick is bringing my sister in laws, sisters new boyfriend down into my dungeon I mean shop and showing him all the tools that can cut fingers off. Talk about dual use! Cutting wood and a prophylactic all in one!

Paul

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Jake

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#12 posted 08-05-2014 10:11 AM

Don’t buy anything yet. I wish I had that advice when I started… Just pick a project and start doing it and once you find that you really need a tool ask the people around here for pointers and you might see that you don’t need that tool afterall…

For example: a table saw is kind of optional in what I do, I could very well make do with a circular saw, but I definitely could not do without a good scrub and a jack plane.

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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Bill White

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#13 posted 08-05-2014 01:45 PM

Gosh. With all the Bulldog chatter, you’re startin’ to sound like my stepson. :)
Where are ya located?
Welcome.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 08-05-2014 01:57 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. It sounds like you might have enough tools to get started. If your tools haven’t been used for a while you could start out by getting them in good shape. Then you could make some things for your shop and go on down the road from there. You might want to build some sort of a work table first and then some sort of storage for your tools. There all sorts of advice for beginners on LJs. It sounds like you are probably not a complete beginner anyways. Even if you just mostly watched your dad and your uncle you probably learned more than you think. You even say that you helped them some and helping is more than watching. Have fun; you’ll enjoy it here.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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BTimmons

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#15 posted 08-05-2014 03:04 PM

Welcome. As for projects with plans that are easy to follow, check out the Woodworking for Mere Mortals channel on YouTube.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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