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Old 11-27-2008, 02:59 AM   #1
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I am interested in getting into wood working, specifically making furniture. I do NOT want to do this for a living, just as a fun side hobby. For those of you that are into it, how did you get started? How many specialty tools are needed to start up? What's a good place to start?

I am pretty handy with regular building stuff, I've built a couple decks, etc.

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Old 11-27-2008, 03:26 AM   #2
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Depends on how fancy you want to get. I build log furniture, or at least used to, and I got into while helping clear some property in the forest. The owners were just going to burn a bunch of really nice Cedar logs so I said give them to me and let me make something from them. Then I started buying tools as needed. Check my Gallery, I've got some pictures there. It's quite easy for the basic stuff but you can improve from there.

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Old 11-27-2008, 03:55 AM   #3
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The third bay of my garage (big bay) is my woodshop, and I am a craftsman style/Stickly furniture fan. I have built blanket chests, bedroom sets, dining room chairs and table, among other things... I love it.

Basically, I grew up around a tool shop, so woodworking was a natural extension. Pick up some woodworking mag's (I like WOOD mag.), and some books on Shaker furniture. Read a bunch of articles and pick some easy, high-chance of success projects to try.

Do you have any tools?

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Old 11-27-2008, 04:02 AM   #4
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I started with a good table saw, router, sanders, hand saws,various clamps and good chisels. You may need a vise and a good work table or work surface. I made one out an old solid door that I bought at the recycled store.

Don't buy cheap ass saw blades if you are cutting fine hardwood unless you have a joiner. You can build a lot of accessory jigs to help out with each project. It's another one of those hobbies that suck up money for tools and gadets.

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Old 11-27-2008, 05:02 AM   #5
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I'll second what others have said, namely, read alot, and build something simple. Get yourself some magazines, read online, and build a simple side table. Doing a simple project gives the umpff needed to keep going, and will help you decide how detailed you want to get, and by extension, how many tools you will need.

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Old 11-27-2008, 05:24 AM   #6
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I tried for a while but quickly learned that I'm no good.
Based on my 4+ years of f---ing around I've got two nuggets of wisdom:
1.) Learn how to use a planer and chisel; no matter how many tools you buy/have these are used always, mostly because your fancy tools are a PITA to tune, true, learn their foibles and worry about their blades.
2.) if you suck at classic joinery, get a pocket jig (I have a Kreg), it will save your ass.

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Old 11-27-2008, 09:11 AM   #7
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Woodworking kicks ass, so does brewing.

There are several good woodworking forums.

There are only a couple good brewing forums.

You found one of the best brewing forums.

Seek and you shall find the cool assed woodworking forums.

(my experience on a table saw is limited. I don't feel that i can recommend one ww site over another.)

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Woodworking kicks ass, so does brewing.

There are several good woodworking forums.

There are only a couple good brewing forums.

You found one of the best brewing forums.

Seek and you shall find the cool assed woodworking forums.

(my experience on a table saw is limited. I don't feel that i can recommend one ww site over another.)
There is woodworkingtalk.com
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I have done a lot of wood working,from building all the shelves over all the windows to building my own oak entertainment center. A good table saw is the first piece of equipment you need. I seem to change hobbys every couple of years but I made a few neat adirondack chairs that I love to sit and drink my homebrews in the summertime, almost impossible to fall out of.
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I used to do a lot of woodworking but haven't had the time recently. I started off with a good table saw and the best blade made. After that, I picked up a benchtop planer, router, miter saw, random orbit sander, circular saw, dust collector and air filter, and other bits and pieces.

Be careful. Woodworking takes massive amounts of time, space and money- the big three.

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