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#1 posted 02-12-2017 06:04 AM

A slightly different point of view. That is also a kind of compromise.
Here in so cal, cerritos college has a real good woodworking program. Every semester, i see several students come in with a list of required tools for a semester long hand tool class.. From what i can tell, that list costs each student between $250 and upwards of $1k in tools. It is an extensive list and can vary not just in what tools the student already has but also what quality of tools they are looking for. This doesn’t seem to take into account what experience the student has. This is also assuming that the student will use these tools after the class and not go in another direction in woodworking. A bit expensive to start, IMO.

Is there some kind of syllabus and tool list for that class that you can obtain? This would give you a good idea of what tools you would need and what you would learn.

Then if you then buy some of the tools needed for the class and do like others recommended, buy cheap practice wood, watch videos and start to learn some of the topics from the syllabus, you might be better prepared for the class.

And when you get around to taking the class, you are concentrating more on learning new skills and improving your current skill set / techniques and not concentrating on learning much of it from scratch. I would think that would be a good course of action.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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