Suzy created the topic: Starting from scratch - help!
Hi, This site looks great, and I will definitely be introducing my husband to it
Anyway, my husband has recently developed a desire to learn woodworking. He has a book, but currently asbsolutely no tools! We are newly married, and just buying a house so budget is an issue...
Anyway, I would like to get him started with some basic tools he will need for making basic furniture - a bench, box etc. However I don't want to get cheap tools that will not last. I think he will also need a workbench.
Can anyone recommend which tools are most essential initially, and which brands are good??? I will be eternally grateful :wink:
Messman replied the topic: Re: Starting from scratch - help!
You can get many different answers to this question, to which none are really wrong. I would suggest the following to start with:
Clamps of various sizes and types
some hand tools (hammer/screw drivers/hand saw/etc)
Table saw is recommended but not required. You can make the same cuts with a circ. saw using guides and such but it is much easier and can be more accurate with a table saw.
I do not recommend brands. They all have there hard core followers and they all have negative and positive sides. I would recommend to get a few issues of some woodworking mags that have tool reviews or do some research on them on the net. I would also check to see if you have any woodworking clubs in your area. The folks there could help him get started, or maybe find someone who does woodworking as a hobby who can help him as well. The reason I suggest this is because there are many different areas of woodworking that may or may not interest him, and they all require differnt tools. The tools I listed above tend to be common across most of them. But again you will find differing ideas on this subject.