Hello woodworkers, my name is Chris Marlor.. as you can see I'm sure Iv' e just recently found your forums the other night while in the process of gathering some information. Here is the lowdown and a bit about myself.
For starters I'm not an experienced woodworker by any definition. My only experience was junior high and high school wood shop classes and yes I passed the class with all fingers attached unlike a friend of mine. Anyway ever since then I've been constantly watching shows like the new Yankee Workshop and The Woodwright's Shop but never got to actually start my own shop because of money issues.. and being so young. But now the time has come when I've gotten a bit more drive to start out.
I just bought my first home in a nice area.. it was built in 2004 by CP Morgan and was a foreclosure so I'm getting it for a good deal. The only problem is that being a speed built house is well it needs alota work. For example all the walls are textured.. not for looks but for the home builder to cover up flaws quickly and cheaply. So one project on my plate is to sand down and smooth all the wall. Next is the doors.. all hollow doors that are just blah.. I personally like solid wood and the ones I priced.. $130.00 for a 6 panel solid pine door just about floored me. and the last issue I have with the place is the trim. I had planed on stripping it all and if it was a decent wood just clean it up and stain it.. but unknown to me until just the other day all of the trim is made of compressed sawdust and what looks like cardboard.. I was slightly saddened by this especially after pricing pre cut stain ready trim.
So long story short Iv' e decided to take it upon myself to build these pieces myself , overtime of course, I'm not expecting to pick up a router and just start slinging trim and be done with it all in a week. I'm giving myself a few years to do this a room at a time and maybe when its all said and done start working on stuff like furniture. I don't know I've always been a do it yourself kinda guy.
So there you have it a little bit about me and where I'm at. So as I'm sure your aware by now as someone new to all this I'm seeking out a bit of advice on what all I should get for starters. I've been looking at the online shop for my local big box store for some tools. The problem is I do not believe I have the room or money for a lot of heavy equipment. I don't plan on this becoming a place to build lots and lots of stuff to sell but just enough for my own personal needs or maybe some gifts one day.
So here are the projects I'm planning on atm
As for tools I'm thinking I will need a
Anyone have any suggestions of something I may not be thinking of or just any general comment would be helpful. Like I said I don't have the room or money for a lot of high end expensive pieces and I'm not planning of making a living off this, just planning on it as a hobby.
Thanks for reading