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First project?

Ok, I'm new to work working, and haven't built anything other than a gun rack and guitar 30 years ago in wood shop class. I have lots of desire, b ut little skill or innate ability. I would like to build a very large telescope as a first project. These monsters consist mainly of sheet goods. Is there any hope? I guess I need to start practicing dado's, and rabbets?




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I think you should start with a project that is a little simpler. That looks like a challenging project for a experienced craftsman.
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+1 Even if that came as a kit with plans and everything you need but the wood it would be a challenging project for someone with experience. Clearly there is a lot that goes into that project besides woodworking. Unless you have a fully equipped shop you would be constantly frustrated that you don't have what you need to complete the next step. What tools do you already have? What kind of budget to you have? What other things would you like to make?
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+1 Even if that came as a kit with plans and everything you need but the wood it would be a challenging project for someone with experience. Clearly there is a lot that goes into that project besides woodworking. Unless you have a fully equipped shop you would be constantly frustrated that you don't have what you need to complete the next step. What tools do you already have? What kind of budget to you have? What other things would you like to make?
The wood working is the main concern. The other items would be outsourced so I would only be building the wood structure. My guide book will help with the design, and engineering. My main tasks would include cutting out parts from veneered plywood, and joinery only.

As to what tools I have? So far only a R4512 table saw, a Dewault planner, a HF 12" SCMS, a Cir saw, and a 20V dewalt driver. I hope to add more soon, such as a drill press, and router / table.


Here's another recent build that I like: http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthrea...l/fpart/1/vc/1

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I agree with Steve. Try something simple to build your toolling skills. Even making a rabbit route requires many tools. So keep it simple at first.
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