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#1 posted 01-22-2015 10:54 PM

+1 on MT_Stringer’s suggestion of making a circular saw jig. That will help a lot while you are saving up on your table saw. I would add tools you need for your next project but you’ll get the best deals if you are an opportunist. I found a lunchbox Dewalt planer on craigslist for under $50 because the height adjustment was messed up. After that an hour of tinkering and $12 to sharpen the blades and it has become one of the best workhorses in my shop.

As far as hand tools, old school is definitely the way to go IMHO. Getting old tools from estate sales or flea markets is no only easier on your wallet, it is very gratifying to bring a 100 year old tool back to life. It only took one Stanley No. 4 and I was completely hooked. It is true that you will have to do some restoration but that is just as fun as anything else I do in my little garage shop. Don’t be intimidated by the process or by a little rust on planes, chisels, or even saws. Between different LJ’s here and YouTube you can learn to do anything pretty quick!

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