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Posted on New woodworker, books first, tools second

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#1 posted 03-14-2016 01:40 AM

Tools don’t make the craftsman. Doing it make one a craftsman.
IMO, I would take anything your Grandfather wants to give you. You may never use it. But, the one time you do you’ll be glad you got one. Don’t purchase junk but don’t turn down something someone want to give you.
I just gave my nephew a Delta power miter saw. About 20 years old. Still cuts square, its safe and works great. He bought a house and is going to town with his dad fixing things. At this point thats all he needs. He will probably get something nicer in a few years but he can’t buy anything for less that $150 that can’t do what that Delta does.
I like your list of projects. Saw horses are first. Do some Youtube viewing on saw horses. I would direct you to Mathias Wandel and his saw horses.
Not sure your relationship with your Grandfather or his personality but you might hang out with him for awhile to see what you can pick up. Now I know some guys just ain’t teachers. But, you still can learn just by watching.
Good Luck,


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