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post #1 of 7 Old 09-11-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, I'm new to the site and kind of new to wood working. I have not done any projects since I was in shop class in high school back in the early 90's.

I want to get into making grips for handguns, puzzles, jewlery boxes, coat racks, signs, names and what ever else I can do.

I'm on a tight budget and I have been for a few years now. I had a stroke at age 29 and I'm slowly getting back on my feet.

I want to make things to sell and for myself and just have fun.

I bought some tools today to fit my budget and this week I'm going to pick up some wood.

I bought a Ryobi scroll saw and small sander. I'm not to sure on the sander it may work okay. I looked at reviews from Skill, Craftsman and Ryobi and they all are in the same price range and Ryobi seemed to get just a nod over the others.

I think everything I bought today is a good start to get me going and learn on what I may have forgotten in the past.

My next step is to get the wood I need and want and then start on my first set of 1911 grips. These will be for my use only and I'm excited.

I look forward to learning and talking to everyone.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-11-2011, 10:26 PM
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Welcome aboard! No worries about the budget, there are plenty of folks around here that are in the same boat and have one or two main tools to do what they need. Just get by with what you can until you absolutely NEED that next tool!

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-12-2011, 06:28 AM
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Welcome,good luck with continued recov improvement!

Think takes "young'ish" eyes and good strong lighting and tonnes of patience.Look at it sort of as a,"loss leader".You'll barely break even when getting established and if it "clicks"(you become good)its not a great money maker,but gets other work in your shop.There isn't a big investment,prolly less than 100.And there aren't any real consumables to speak of.Brownells is where you start.Try to get an account with them....they're still an invaluble source for not only all those little things but information in general.

Stick around here...make some posts,then just let me know if you need anything(equip on the cheap,wood,firearms related stuff)BW

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-12-2011, 08:01 AM
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These threads will be of interest
There are some spectacular grips pictures above. Good Luck in your new hobby. bill

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Thanks everyone. I'm looking around for wood now and found one place that didn't make me feel so bad with no knowing things.

I'm going to go this week and pick out some and get started on something
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OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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