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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2012, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Wanting to learn and now have time....

Recently I was hit by a car on my motorcycle and my left leg is broken, ankle and femur(x2). So now I'm just kind of hanging out around the house with nothing to do and this is something I've wanted to get into and I have a few projects in mind, a jewelry box and dresser for starters. Biggest problem I have right now though is that I'm limited on funds (due to me being unable to work), mobility, and honestly not knowing much so I figured I'd start somewhere and ask for help. The jewelry box is something I'm going to make for my girlfriend for Christmas so I'd like to start with that but I've been told it could be hard. Enough of me rambling on though, if you guys have any suggestions on books, websites, advice so I can start learning I'd really appreciate it. Also I've been told getting a table saw would be my best investment but I really don't know what I'm looking for so any advice on decent cheap tools would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Welcome to the site. Sorry to hear about your accident, but the silver lining is you have found a great resource in WWT and it sounds like you have some time to do some research. Rather than try to list any websites, books or other resources, I'd recommend you just spend time reading through all the sections here (at least those that apply to your interests). Many of the resources you are looking for you'll find while browsing various threads. The site also has a good search function so you can look for specific answers/plans/build threads. And of course if you can't find some info you are looking for, just ask - everyone here is great on offering advise, opinions and general encouragement.

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Shade,

Most stationary power equipment is designed to used while standing up. A scroll saw is something that you could operate while seated, try that. Or get some hand tools and practice making dovetails or doing some wood carving.

I'd wait until you have full mobility again before using a table saw.


Hope you heal quickly and completely,

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Thanks for the suggestions. I wasn't really planning on using any type of saw's while I have to use crutches, I find it to dangerous since I'm not very stable. I do have dremel 4000 but I have found out the hard way it's not very good at cutting straight lines for long distances. I will look through the website for things to start working on. What hand tools would you recommend?

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