Story of how i got started in woodworking

The idea of woodworking, the idea that you could build stuff out of raw materials, using your hands, always appealed to me. My mom tells me that as a kid, i would always be trying to make new tools and weapons out of seemingly boring objects. So i think that somehow, i’m genetically inclined to be using tools. So, once i grew up, got out of college and got decent job, i decided that i needed to try something new. I was looking for new hobby i could pick up, and tried bunch of things – fishing, hiking, hunting – none were for me. Then, one day, my friend was in town and i ended up spending evening with him. He, at the time, was amateur woodworker and kept telling me how much fun it is. I was skeptical at first, and eventually gave in to temptation and spent couple of hundred dollars on tools and protective gear. Even then, i didn’t have everything, but my friend assured me that it was good enough to get started.

But my decision to get into woodworking was just beginning of complicated process. By nature, i tend to overthink, so i take way too much time researching the topic, reading books and watching tutorials than i should have. I didn’t want to get the tools until i was ready, so i wasted few months on that. Little did i know, that woodworking, like most things, can only be learned by practice.  

I went out to nearest HomeDepot store, and bought best worm drive saw that my friend had recommended. It was a little pricey, but it was from great brand – DeWalt. I had heard of the brand, even though i wasn’t into woodworking before, and my friend confirmed that their tools were always top notch and well made. So i figured, tools would be worth the investment.

I also bought some protective tools, as i mentioned above, and also considered buying compact table saw, which went for thousand-ish dollars. But in the end, i decided against it. My friend told me that it was useful, but nothing i couldn’t live without. He told me, and eventually i found out about it by myself, that circular saws can basically do everything table saws can do. It might take more effort and experience, but you’ll get those two in time. Between battery-powered and corded circular saws – i definitely recommend the latter. Check this guide out to help you pick one. Once i decided that, everything else was easy. I had already prepared storage corner in my garage for all the tools, so there weren’t any problems on that front. I got workbench off craigslist, and two years later, i’m still using it now, which was great for my finances. Overall, it’s been great run, and woodworking has brought me more joy than i could ever imagine possible.

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