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post #1 of 6 Old 12-06-2010, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about getting into woodworking

Hello my name is Brian,

I'm looking to get into woodworking, and was wondering if anyone could give me some tips.

I want to mainly craft furniture, and was wondering what are some basic woodworking tools to start out with? I've got about $200 to spend and am trying to make the best decision on what to buy. Also, what would be a good instructional book?

Thank you in advance for any help.

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I think you might do well to find a woodcraft store nearby or a local college who have classes you can take. Classes will allow you to learn some shop safety and use tools your budget won't let you buy yet. Then, you can decide what direction to take and what tools you like.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-06-2010, 06:15 PM
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Welcome Brian

That's a rather limited budget, but let's see what we can do.
I'm gonna go way out on a limb here and then saw it off and say get a bandsaw for your first tool for crafts. They can be set to cut faily straight with a fence and will make the types of curves craft projects require. Craftsman makes a 10" saw, I have one, got it for my son and he hasn't used it much, but I do. It's about at your $200.00 limit but they do go on sale as mine was $180.00 or so.
Instead of the bandsaw a good saber saw will do almost as much. Next I would get a block plane and a Jack plane to smooth out the cuts. Sandpaper on a round dowel or stapled or glued to a smooth block will do just fine. Some chisels and possibly a hot glue gun for crafts.
Down the road you'll want to get a table saw for ripping, rabbets and cross cuts. There are quite a few, but stay away from the aluminum top noisy, direct drive ones unless your budget is very limited. They will work OK but as you get better you'll appreciate better tools. 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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Everyone's different, but with $200 I'd buy a used contractor saw, and would put a $30 Freud Diablo blade on it, and see what I could do. Then I'd start a new fund and would buy a router and some basic bits. After that you'll be hooked, and you'll find a way to channel more cash into it!
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Whats the difference between a jig saw, saber saw, and a sawzall?
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-07-2010, 12:01 PM
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Whats the difference between a jig saw, saber saw, and a sawzall?

Jig saw and sabre saw are the same.

This is a Sawzall (reciprocating saw).
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