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post #1 of 10 Old 05-15-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everybody! Jon here from Buffalo. I'm 26 years old and just getting started with wood working. I started getting into wood working when I quit smoking in an effort to keep my mind and hands busy. In the end I'm proud to say I'm smoke free and found myself with a new satisfying addiction working with wood and making/building whatever I can dream up with what I got. Just finished setting up my first beginners workshop. I was hoping to get some tips on where I could find some fairly decent hand tools at a modest price and also what are some of the essential tools I need to get? When it comes to power tools I've already acquired a Table Saw, Mitre Saw, Drill Press, Scroll Saw, Plunge/Fixed Base Router and a couple Circular Saws both corded & cordless, As far as hand tools I've got a Mitre Saw, Coping Saw, Block Plane, 3-pc Chisel Set, Mallet, and a handful of squares and straight edges, and also a handful of other various saws. Any advice, tips, and recommendations for getting started would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Everybody!!!
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also an apology for this being similar to my previous thread I'm using the app for the iPhone and the interface is slightly confusing gonna take some time getting used to this.
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Welcome to WWT neighbor to the west! This is a much healthier addiction than smoking, so congrats on that move.

I'd suggest adding a #5 jack plane to your hand plane collection...it's a great overall general purpose size, and is the one to have if you're only going to have one bench plane. For value planes, I prefer the older Stanley Bailey, Record, or Millers Falls planes over the newer imports.

A good workbench is also a must have, and is something you can build yourself. You might also make a trip to the library to see what books they have on wwing. The NewWoodworker.com is a great website for learning about wwing...lots of tool info and tips....he's also got a book that's excellent.

Have fun!
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thanks ill have to check out that site andI'll be on the look out for that #5 plane. I actually have a pretty solid workbench right now there was an old rickety one left behind where we moved in so I reinforced it and put a new extended top on it. it is now built like a tank and has no sway at all as opposed to before. the new work surface is now 4'x7'. is that a sufficient size do you think? also I've been skimming my local craigslist ads and picking up whatever useful scrap I can find which has been a huge help so far. curious to know if there are any trusted websites that sell decent hand tools for beginners? as far as I know all I have locally for tools is craigslist, garage sales, and big box stores (lowes & home depot which are unfortunately not a huge help). that's why I decided to jump into this forum I figured the people who'd really know are the pros and enthusiasts that do this daily.
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Welcome, "upstater" :)

Sounds like your beginners tool list is, in fact, very advanced. Don't think I can add much to the other posts.
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Well Im gonna break the streak and welcome you from Texas.

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