Set up Shop with the Naked Woodworker, Part 1

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I hate hearing someone say: “I would get in to woodworking but I can’t afford the equipment.”

Woodworking does not have to be an expensive hobby. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. A simple workbench can be built in a day with hand tools for about $100. Many tools can be picked up at garage sales and at tool meets. Online auctions or classified sections of woodworking lists such as WoodNet are another great source, as are Craigslist and e-bay.

Do you really need stationary equipment for your hobby? Machines can be expensive – moving them, getting your shop wired, dust collection and etc. will add up quick. Many times it is quicker to do something by hand than to set up a machine or design jigs for machines to do the job.

I find that machines pay off when making multiples. It is the skills that…

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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One Response to Set up Shop with the Naked Woodworker, Part 1

  1. anglo says:

    The gent is correct , the tools needn’t be all that many , on one job site all I had was hand tools, fellow contractors would rush over gensets , extension cords and power-tools and be all set up by the time I was finished.

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