I’ve always enjoyed building things. Ever since I was a kid, I’d use scrap wood my dad had left over in the garage to make everything from small rafts to float on the river to a pretend airplane. I also was a huge LEGO fan, and everything I wanted for Christmas or birthdays were LEGO sets.
Woodworking has become a hobby that I enjoy greatly. I’m definitely no Norm Abram, from The New Yankee Workshop TV show, but I enjoy it and have built some pretty decent things.
For me, woodworking is relaxing and still lets me construct things like I used to with LEGOs. Woodworking, I guess, is the grown man’s LEGOs (as if you’re ever too old for LEGOs!!!).
When I decided to get into woodworking, I went all in. I did a ton of research on all of the tools I wanted to buy. I was very meticulous and went to both Lowe’s and Home Depot quite a few times to see all of the equipment they had in stock. I also read so many reviews online it is a little ridiculous.
At first I wanted to buy all of my tools from the same brand, so I researched what the best brand of tools was. But that wasn’t the best way to do it because one company that makes a great drill may make a horrible saw.
I also needed some plans to get started. I looked all over the internet and saw that I could buy one for $10 or another for $15. This seemed pretty expensive for a single design for a small table and the quality didn’t look very good once I got them. I decided I needed to find something of a higher quality.
In the next few articles I’m going to review the various woodworking plans packages that I have purchased. Some are good, while others are clearly scams and you should avoid at all cost.
I’ll also be giving my take on the tools that I purchased. For the most part, I’m very happy with my tool decisions and will show you exactly which ones I purchased and why.