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post #1 of 9 Old 12-17-2010, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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New from Austin, TX!

New to the forum, and new to the trade. Video Production is my bread and butter, but I need a new creative outline as a hobby. I pretty much just own a drill, but we all have to start somewhere, yeah?

Looking forward to all the enlightenment you guys have to offer! :-)

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-17-2010, 07:12 AM
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Welcome to the forum! A drill as just as good as any place to start I guess! Your first big purchase (and it doesn't have to be new) should be the table saw as it is, in my opinion, the heart of the wood shop!


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Welcome to the forum timdan. I started with a drill and a few hand tools. I bought a shopsmith in 1981 and made countless projects as I learned in my little 8' x 9' shop. Still have the shopsmith along with a full shop of stand alone tools. Shopsmiths on Craigslist are very reasonable and you have an instant shop...The thing you will hear is the changeover time and set up time and problems. My answer is that the shopsmith is not perfect but if you want to do accurate woodworking in a small space, it is hard to beat. Keeping changeovers to a minimum requires planning of your project...Learning to plan your projects is not a bad thing.

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Hi timdan. Welcome to the forum. I'll stay out of the tool recommendation department unless you're looking for ways to use tools they weren't intended to be. Speaking know a drill comes in handy when...
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Welcome this is good place to learn. I'm fairly new to the forum but am blown away by the knowledge on this site. A bunch of great guys who Really have passion for woodworking and even a good sense of humor in this stress filled world we live in
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Welcome Timdan, we have many members that will freely give and take advice.We have mostly members from the USA but love to have new members from Texas.Hehe,just kidding.There are a lot of Texans here.Itchy

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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Welcome I'm also an Austinite. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions. I'm still a pretty new wood worker but I'm always willing to help. As far as tools go I would agree with the table saw suggestion. If you wanted to start out cheaper you could do what I did and get a straight piece of MDF from Lowes or HD and a good used circular saw. I would also recommend a router both can be found cheap on Craigslist.
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Thanks guys! I just say "hi" and already I'm getting good advice! ha!
I'm looking into some table saw options, and we'll see where we go from there.
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Welcome from Houston area.

The table saw is the heart and sole of most woodworking shops. Even if you buy used, buy the very best you can afford.

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"Strive for excellence and settle for completion" Tony B
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