I'm a 36 yr old Systems Manager in the health care industry. I recently decided to get off my computer after work and start doing more constructive things. Right now, I'm enjoying the hunting season. I've already gotten 3 buck, a small one up in Michigan at my dad's, and then a 6 point and an 8 point here at home in Alabama. When hunting season ends, and it starts to get a little warmer, I'll probably do some hiking/day trips.
But...to fill in those gaps, I've been thinking about woodworking. It's been a long time, but back in high school, I absolutely LOVED making the projects I made. The final project I made was a gun cabinet that would hold 8 or so guns with storage in the bottom. So, with that in mind, I started thinking about trying to get back into woodworking. I have virtually no tools. I have a cordless Makita drill that I need to get a new rechargable batter for. That's it. I know I'll have to have some initial investment, but I want to make sure I purchase the right things in the right order. I'm going to try to buy used off ebay or garage sales. I want to start with small projects for now, just to make sure I'm as interested while DOING the stuff as I am now thinking of it.
So, I'd like some advice if you'd like to give it. I'm pretty sure I'll need a electric hand sander, some kind of saw, square, measuring sticks/tape measure, some clamps. I'm sure there is more "little" stuff that I'll think of after I hit submit, but the inexpensive stuff I'm not too worried about. What tools would you recommend I get?
I've read on other threads that the tools you need depend on the project(s) you plan to do, and that makes sense. So, the projects I want to do initially would be ones that I can do with minimal tools, I'm not sure what those might be, so suggestions there would be great. I was thinking possibly stuff like, shelves for around the house, small tables maybe, cutting boards.
I would like to sell my finished products at bazars or through word of mouth, maybe even ebay.
Anyway, I've been reading the forums this afternoon and this place looks great. I'll probably goto Barnes & Noble on my way home from work to pick up a copy of Wood or Popular Woodworking. Then I'll see if I want to "invest" in a subscription.