My New Hobby

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Blog entry by RBoucher23 posted 01-25-2011 08:08 AM 4936 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve just decided to start up a new hobby. I’ve always loved woodworking and I’m very excited to begin this journey. The first step on my journey is to procure some tools. I’m really interested in doing Intarsia and other random projects. I’m also thinking about doing shadow boxes and challenge coin displays. I’ve done some research and I have a budget of $1,000. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Here is a list of tools I’ve considered purchasing to start my workshop:

- DEWALT D26453K 3 Amp 5-Inch Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit with Cloth Dust Bag
- Milwaukee 6394-21 15 Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw
- DEWALT DW788 1.3 Amp 20-Inch Variable-Speed Scroll Saw
- DEWALT DWD115K 8 Amp 3/8-Inch VSR Mid-Handle Grip Drill Kit with Keyless Chuck
- RIDGID Professional 14-Gallon Wet/Dry Vac
- Stanley 46-071 Premium Quick Square Layout Tool
- Empire Level E250 12-Inch Heavy Duty Professional Combination Square w/Etched Stainless Steel Blade and True BlueR Vial
- Stanley 16-970 FatMax Short Blade Chisel Set, 3-Piece
- IRWIN Quick-Grip 8-Piece Clamp Set
- Empire Level and Torpedo Level Combo Pack
- Dasco Pro 3-Piece Nail Setter Kit
- Empire True Blue Heavy-Duty Aluminum T-bevel

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 08:54 AM

scroll saw i have a 18” craftsman came with a foot pedal I like it.$180 .Can’t go wrong with Irwin clamps .I would get a 2’carpetenter’s square 16”tri-square and 6’ tri- square.Circular Saw is a good Idea.maybe a pocket hole jig and a strong drill .I have ridgid vac its a good one.Get a belt sander so you can shape small parts with it by clamping it or build a jig to hold it. Your going to want a table-saw.look into a shopsmith I found mine for 400$ used and they are supper easy to work on.If You like it get one with the 1 1/8hp plus you get a lathe, drillpress ,12” disc sander and more.your also going to want a router. A good block plane is some thing you will be happy with.good luck and be safe. any doubt don’t do it .Asking lots of questions is easier than trying to glue your fingers back on.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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David Craig

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 03:37 PM

Welcome to LJs RBoucher23. I am sure you will like it here. You will find lots of resources for scroll work and we all will be interested in and supportive of your work.

In regards to your tools, you will get as many different recommendations as there are woodworkers that comment. But I have just a few questions/comments -

1. Sounds like you are going to be handling a good deal of small board cutting, especially in regards to shadow boxes and frames for the intarsia. A circular saw might not be your best bet for cutting small boards. You might want to consider a small table saw or at least a backsaw miter box combination if the funds are limited.

2. With intarsia, you will need to do some tidying up of the cuts to help insure a more uniform fit. Small files, riflers, rasps, etc. might be in good order to clean up the edges for a better fit. You might also find a Dremel handy.

3. Intarsia works best with truly flat stock. I would check into hand planes, especially with the size boards you are working on. You can get some real nice Bailey style planes on ebay for a fraction of the cost of new planes and they will be better built.

Collections build as they go and each project will send you trucking to the hardware store for one item or another. Most patterns will include a recommended list of tools and the list you currently have shows that you have much planned out already. You can’t go wrong with the Dewalt scroll saw. I have that model and it is a beauty.

Good luck and, again, welcome,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 04:16 PM

hi have do agree a circular saw is not needed i would go with both a small table sa and a small bandsaw

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 01:55 AM

Firstly welcome to LJ’s, you certainly have come to the right place to start your journey.
Instead of the orbital sander either get a belt and disc sander combination (you can use this for projects smalll or large) or an ocsilating sander (this is great for those small pieces of intarsia work but limited use)
If working with small bits dont forget the small clamps/grips even those cheap ones from the cheap shops work well.
Also I found that a drill press invaluable especially for accuracy and smaller things as I find it hard to hold a hand held drill straight and be perfect
Good luck on your endeavour. Once you start you will find out what you need as you will either get annoyed at having to do something the hard way or not being able to do it at all with the limited tools you have.
One thing that I always wanted and only bought 12 months ago was a bandsaw, now I dont know what I would do without it.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 02:00 AM

Thanks for the comments and advice. I’ve definitely taken it all into consideration and I’m amending my list to include some of the suggested items. I’m also taking off a few items that seemed unnecessary or that I can wait for. It will help me purchase some of the items you all mentioned. Thanks again!

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