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Forum topic by Don posted 01-17-2009 09:57 AM 1222 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2009 09:57 AM

I am just getting into fine woodworking. What tools would the pros recommend as must haves to start off with? I have the basics. Miter saw, air compressor, jig saw, sanders, etc.

I am mainly looking for tips on hand tools, cutting wheels and such. I am not in a position to buy anything like planers, large drill presses, or table saws. Plus, I do not have the room in my house right now.

I bought a foreclosed fixer upper and my formal dining room is my garage right now. My girlfriend would kill me of I started running table saws and planers in the front room! :)

-- -The trick to getting ahead is getting started!

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#1 posted 01-17-2009 10:39 AM

A block plane and a decent set of chisels, either new or used. along w/ supplies for a method of sharpening will go a long way.

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#2 posted 01-17-2009 11:47 AM

Don, I’d recommend getting a Japanese style pull saw, a coping saw and a wood workers rasp/file. Good luck with the fixer upper.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 01-17-2009 02:50 PM

What is it you want to make?

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#4 posted 01-17-2009 05:35 PM

+1 ^^^
Depends on what you are trying to do. A lot of tables, cabinets, and trim work don’t require much more than you are working with now. I think gus is on the right track, some basic hand tools will make life a lot easier. A router is also an incredibly handy tool (not going to help with noise or mess though).

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#5 posted 01-17-2009 05:57 PM

Thank you all for the ideas. My first project I hope is that split top drafting table I found on this site.

-- -The trick to getting ahead is getting started!

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#6 posted 01-18-2009 03:14 AM

I recently posted a suggested list of ‘must haves’ on my blog. You may want to view it at

-- drbob at

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