My Gringo Workshop Project #1: Part 1

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Blog entry by thegringoww posted 04-27-2015 09:03 PM 1501 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Before, I start writing about my workshop project. I was looking for a workshop picture for my blog. I was surprised to find one from my alma mater SCCC Wood Construction Center. I was amazed that the picture was available and could be reused via Commons Wikimedia. Very nice picture and oh, how the picture brought back memories. Good, good times!

Anyways, onward with the post! So, the idea for this post comes in connection with the previous post about the Woodies. When I started thinking about the tool list and a dictionary into Spanish, it got me thinking about workshops and I came across this article in Fine Woodworking written in 2006. The title of the article was called “Set up Shop for $5,000”. At first glance, I was like, the price isn’t too bad, but after reading the article, I started thinking about how much would those tools cost in today’s market. The piece also had me thinking about how many tools were not on the list at all. As well as what it would realistically cost to outfit a workshop. Clearly, it was going to cost more than $5000 dollars. So, I decided to dig up some other people’s recommendations and I happen to come across a WoodWhisper Vlog titled “Basic Set of Tools for the Woodworking Beginner”.

Then, I took a left turn and started looking at traditional woodworking, because I was curious about how much it would cost in comparison to non-traditional. So I headed back to Wood and Shop and located the article that I used for the tool list for the dictionary called “Which Hand Tools Do You Need for Traditional Woodworking?

You are probably thinking, how does this all relate to your workshop? All this information led me to start thinking about how much would it cost here in Mexico for tools. As well as the inconsistent information that leads people into the woodworking world thinking that this is all you need if you want to become a woodworker.

In the upcoming articles, I will be discussing my findings and my viewpoint in the industry. My plan is to release the second part sometime this week and then after release one every other week because I need to cross my T’s and dot my I’s. So, stayed tuned. My hope is to have a constructive conversation about something we love.

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