Hi I’m Dale. I don’t have a shop. I don’t have tools (except the sort of general toolbox assortment – hammer, screwdrivers, tape measure, power drill, etc.) I really, really want to begin woodworking with hand tools. I know it will take time and dedication.
I don’t have thousands of dollars to invest in all of the tools I might eventually need. I am willing to begin with one or two tools and build from there. I have viewed a number of videos here and elsewhere and see them as a wonderful resource for learning.
I’m thinking that to begin with I will need a workbench, a saw, chisels, two planes, a wooden mallet, sharpening stones, and . . . . It seems the list goes forever. I don’t know what to get first. My guess would be sharpening tools. What would be the first-through-fifth tools you would purchase if you were in my position?
I’ve also considered making my own planes and such as a way of beginning, but it might be way beyond me. As far as projects go, I love books and never have enough book shelves so that would be a project that would interest me. Also a chest of drawers is another project which interests me. And of course building my own workbench would be one too. Any advice? Thank you much for your responses.
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