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BrodyMc

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04-05-2019 12:57 PM

I’ve done plenty of rough projects and some finer ones but I’m looking to get into this full time and wanted to get some insight on some affordable brands that the community as a whole see’s as good tools. I appreciate anything you can help me to find that maybe I’m not seeing. Thank you so much in advance !

-- McKay Woodworking


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TechTeacher04

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#1 posted 04-05-2019 01:06 PM

Please clarify if you are looking at power or hand tool woodworking and the types of projects you would like to do. Your question is quite vague

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#2 posted 04-05-2019 01:57 PM

yeah are you wanting to setup a shop with stationary tools or just portable power tools,and or hand tools, the variety and breadth of tools can be staggering and budget busting!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 04-05-2019 02:12 PM

Pottz: the variety and breadth of tools can be staggering and budget busting!

start with what tools you already have on hand, type of shop you have
and what part of the world you live in.
what do you want to build: yard furniture and porch swings or fine in-home furniture.
what type of wood do you have ready access to and will use frequently.
some photos of your past projects will help also.

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#4 posted 04-05-2019 02:16 PM

If you want good answers you are going to have to be way more specific in what you what to do. What does ” I’m looking to get into this full time” mean? Does that mean a for profit bushiness? You want to build kitchen and bathe cabinets and or furniture . How big is you planned shop? Stuff like that.

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#5 posted 04-05-2019 02:36 PM

Stationary power tools, you really want to get just above big box level. Grizzly or Powermatic in ascending cost.

For hand power tools, all common brands are now “zombie” brands in that they have been bought and sold so many times that they no longer have a connection to what they once were. For battery powered devices I use Milwaukee, for plug stuff I use PorterCable or Bosch.

For hand tools buy Lie-Nielson and cry once.

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BrodyMc

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#6 posted 04-05-2019 03:32 PM

Sorry about that I’m just looking for hand tools mainly I have enough power tools to get the rough work done but I just need some ideas on good finisher and intermediary tools to get projects to a finished and acceptable state. I.e chisels and different planes and saws that you have personally liked over the years. I suppose this is an issue when you try to ask a question at 2am.

-- McKay Woodworking

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#7 posted 04-05-2019 03:36 PM


For hand tools buy Lie-Nielson and cry once.

- BlueRidgeDog


Haha thanks I was looking at some of those tools and I definitely love spending the money on the expensive tools because I believe you get what you paid for, but maybe a middle ground where it’s not as expensive but you could bear with it long enough to save the money up?

-- McKay Woodworking

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 03:40 PM

Again, what kind of project are you building and are you out to make a profit or just doing this as a hobby? We can’t read minds.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#9 posted 04-05-2019 03:45 PM

These are a few of my most recent projects I also remodeled an entire house for my grandparents with different woodworking techniques used to add some comfort and flair to the build. The coat rack is the oldest as I built it about a year about a year and a half ago and the curtain rod and cut in steps for the dog are my most recent for my own home. And i realise the steps arent finished but I’ve been working a lot this week and I’ll get to it tomorrow. (The coat racks upside down in the photo sorry about that)

-- McKay Woodworking

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#10 posted 04-05-2019 03:48 PM

For hand tools buy Lie-Nielson and cry once.

- BlueRidgeDog

^ Wise

https://www.lie-nielsen.com/product/standard-bench-planes/no.-5-jack-plane-?node=4171

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#11 posted 04-05-2019 03:48 PM

more important then tools is learning sharpening cuz even expensive tools need to be sharp :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 04-05-2019 03:55 PM

Yes I’m out to make a profit on this hopefully it’s a hobby and passion and if I can I’d like for it to be my fulltime job or at least part time. And I’m interested in an array of projects such as furniture and jewelry boxes and boats. I enjoy building things suited for a task or situation. And sorry for the confusion everyone. And currently my shop is a just a garage with a skill saw, a few jig saws, table saw, joiner, chop saw and a few other power tools plus a few of my hand planes that I picked up cheap and some pretty good old chisels and some crappy cheap ones. Oh and to answer the question about wood I live in Ohio so I’ve got oak, walnut and maple readily available among other woods that are also pretty easy to get ahold of down here like eastern cedar and whatnot.

-- McKay Woodworking

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BrodyMc

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#13 posted 04-05-2019 03:57 PM



more important then tools is learning sharpening cuz even expensive tools need to be sharp :<)))))

- GR8HUNTER


That’s very true that is a skill I can definitely improve upon and thanks!

-- McKay Woodworking

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#14 posted 04-05-2019 03:58 PM

Here’s a similar recent thread. https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/303791
His goal is a little different then yours, but honestly the general advice still applies as do many of the links referenced in the thread.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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BrodyMc

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#15 posted 04-05-2019 04:00 PM

Thanks sepeck I was trying to find one last night cause I didnt want to bother anyone but I appreciate it :)

-- McKay Woodworking

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