In my second post (you can read it here) I review items that should be taken into consideration prior to beginning woodworking.
One subject item we cover is the not-so-subtle topic of the financial commitment required to start this hobby. Tools can be expensive. I understood this going in, and you should too. Expect to spend some money.
That being said, there are a multitude of tool options available to you that will allow you to begin your new hobby without breaking the bank.
Some words of advice:
Take stock of what tools you already have. Most of us have collected some tools over the years. Know what you have so you don’t go out and re-buy items.
You’re just starting out. You don’t need the latest greatest. Check places like CraigsList, LetGo, etc. to find great deals on gently used tools. Remember – there is nothing that says all your tools have to be the same brand and color.
This is probably the best advice, and it comes from Steve Ramsey – Only get a new tool if you need it to accomplish a task that can’t be done with your current tools. Your wallet will feel much better, and you won’t crowd your workspace.
This list is based on my experience. It is what I believe would have been helpful to me when I first began. There are lots of these lists on the web, this is my idea of what a beginner needs and and should have to get started. The list covers the basics, and with the tools listed, you should be able to cover a large amount of differing projects.
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Take a look at Woodsmith Spirit’s recommendations regarding table-saws for beginners is a great list for affordable table saw options
TSawingpros.com has a list of some great starter saws that won’t break the bank
A great list of Miter saws for the beginner can be found here
Similar to above, you can go corded, or cordless. If you go cordless – consider it as a part of a tool-set. I myself prefer the flexibility of cordless, and there are some great options available
Here is a list of quality corded drills for the price
popular mechanics has a great list of impact drivers rated by price & features
I chose the Ryobi based on the driver being a good mix of quality and price. Again, as mentioned above, look for these as a part of a tool-set – it’s a much better deal overall
The architect’s guide has a list of orbital sanders, noting features & quality
My personal recommendation would be the Makita BO5041K 5.” This sander has great features for the price point
WORK SHOP ITEMS
These are the various items that you will need in your shop to assist you in measuring, fastening, tightening, and cleaning up while you create.
Obviously there are LOTS of options when it comes to the brand, grade and quality of the tools you choose to get. Here are 3 things you need to do prior to, and during your first project:
Be safe, and as always, feel free to leave a comment or suggestion below regarding any of the content listed.
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