What would you do differently if you were starting over?

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Blog entry by NewEnglandsWoodWorks posted 01-20-2013 10:55 PM 1908 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys. I want to ask you this simple question. What would you do differently if you were to start over. It can be anything . Mine is that I wish i’d bought my tablesaw sooner, it just opened so many more possibilities. You could also respond at my website if you would like.

-- Brett

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 11:31 PM

Take up Zen Buddisn rather than woodworking!!!!

Seriously, I don’t think I would want to change a thing the way I did it.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 11:39 PM

I would build my shop larger.

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#3 posted 01-20-2013 11:46 PM

Most of us would start with a larger shop and more money for the tools. :)

-- Brett

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 11:49 PM

I would build a 10×20 barn instead of a 10×10. Originally i thought my city only allowed a 10×10 kit without a permit but i later found out my city’s regulations are more lax than that (explains all the outbuildings and chicken coops in suburbia)

my next step would have been buying my radial saw sooner (made my life much easier)

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 12:03 AM

I would have started planning my shop earlier. I find that there are obvious things I could have done to make my shop more organized from the git go. For example, I would have build my french cleat system right off the bat, and made the specific pieces as I needed them. I would have finished my workbenches and mitre saw stand asap. I am using my rolling assembly/clamping table for my mitre saw. It works, but it isn’t what it was built for, and I find myself still using my table saw as an assembly table.

So, I would say planning and building of infrastructure before adding a lot of tools. You may not have a place to put every tool, but you plan for most.

My two cents…

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 12:12 AM

when i bought my house i have a de-attached garage for my shop i would have taken the plywood walls down and insulated before i would have moved anything in.

i’m still debating would be the best time cause i’m making plans to build a miter saw station and some more cabinets.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 12:50 AM

Larger shop from the beginning

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 12:53 AM

Started woodworking earlier in life and found a mentor earlier.


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#9 posted 01-21-2013 12:56 AM

Married above my station to someone who was 10X smarter than I am as opposed to 5X as smart as I am.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 01:12 AM

Well I started early enough, but spent alot of my money on non essential items, if I could do it all over again I would have a bandsaw back when I was in my twenties, and not when I was in my forties.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 02:03 AM

My dust collection system would have been #2 after the tablesaw.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 01-21-2013 02:21 AM

Buy a cabinet saw

-- Joe

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#13 posted 01-21-2013 06:42 AM

I would buy more hand tools, saws, planes, etc.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 01-21-2013 01:41 PM

Finished college early instead of dragging it out taking night classes and never really getting a 4 yr. degree because I was too busy making what I thought was good money.

Saved more money. When your young, 56 yrs. old is anceint and inconceivable. Learn to invest at least 10%.

“Save money so I can retire and do nothing? No way! I’m off to Tahoe in my porche with a ski rack to hang with my buds and party!”

Wore my kneepads more often. My knees are shot. Well, the ski trips probably didn’t help either. Ha!

Saved up and bought better tools in the beginning instead of cheap craftsman or Ryobi. Note: some of their tools have gotten better.?

Burned a few less bridges. We are a tough bunch, stubborn and ready for hard work. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s better to lead from behind than stand and fight for who’s boss or has the better way of doing the same thing.

paid more attention to my wife. (she made me write that)

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#15 posted 01-21-2013 01:54 PM

I woulda waited and saved up to buy better tools to start with. I wouldnt have jumped in and bought a tool with the “This’ll do temporarily” attitude. I STILL HAVE a lot of those “This’ll do for now” tools!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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