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#1 posted 02-11-2018 05:36 AM

It’d be nice if the LJ site had “sticky” topics like other sites that could be at the top of a reference page, b/c this is a topic that gets asked here almost every day in some form or another. Every beginner, including myself has asked this question at some point. It’s tough to know what you “should” get, esp. in response to the almost endless stream of WW information.

I think the worst mistake that most beginners make is to go out and buy a bunch of tools that they think they need. I did it. A lot of us do it. Many times it leads to purchases that aren’t really what you need down the road. I think the best thing that any beginner can do is read a bunch of ww magazines, look at projects online and purchase tools based on what you need for whatever build you’re doing.

Buy what you need for the projects you want to make. Buy the best you can afford. Learn early how to sharpen, how to use a handplane, how to use chisels; handtools will often be quicker and safer for trimming/fitting than machines. Resist the urge to buy jigs/gadgets etc just b/c they are shiny and they promise to make ww easier. We’ve all bought them and there are multiple threads on LJ’s where members discuss how they’ve bought stuff that then sits on the shelf.

Really like barnwood and Ana White projects? Probably don’t need a jointer and planer. Mostly work with plywood and big box store wood? Prob don’t need a jointer and planer either but may benefit from a good biscuit joiner and/or router table and/or pocket screw setup. Don’t have any plans for curves or resawing, maybe don’t need a bandsaw yet. Mostly do small projects and/or work with 4/4 stock; can probably use a small TS.

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