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I'm a beginner woodworker looking to start putting a small shop together. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Would like input as to which tools to start with and which brands to look for. I will probably opp for used to get a better quality unit.
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Hi Claude welcome to the forum. regards carl

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Hi,Claude; welcome!
I believe there are a number of members from New Orleans; some of them comment regularly. They'd be great resource people for info on where to buy tools, get sharpening done (properly), and service.
A lot of us have our shops in our garages; not many of us still have room for a car.
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Hi Claude, welcome to the forum

First, what kind of shop? What do you want to do/make? While there are many tools
that should be in every shop, there are tools that are specific as to what you want to
do.

Lookin at the profiles of members on here will also give you an idea what you may or
may not need. Some, or most of us have listed what we have in tools. I know when
you first start, the whole idea can be overwhelming, but start with square one, instead
of the whole picture, and that will help. The profiles may also tell you what they're into,
and that will also give you an idea.

As for used tools, I always say start with your local pawn shops. That's where I got a lot
of my tools when I started, for two reasons: One, when I got my router, I didn't want to
spend a bucket load of money on something that I may not like, or worse, not be able to
do. Secondly, you can get name brand tools at a decent price, as a lot of contractors who
set out to start their own business but don't make it, will sell their tools off to a pawn shop,
and they bought name brand. Just be careful, and mindful what you get. I try and inspect
them for abuse overuse.

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Wellcome!
When starting it hasn't to be a garage. Someone have even smaler "A lot of us have our shops in our garages". My shop is 2x3m. When the weather is good you can lift you work table out and do your stuff outside.

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When starting it hasn't to be a garage. Someone have even smaler "A lot of us have our shops in our garages". My shop is 2x3m. When the weather is good you can lift you work table out and do your stuff outside.
lol Tiny and I have you beat. In case you haven't looked, I'm in a Motor home with my shop.

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Welcome to the forum Claude. You don't list a router among your tools and it can be one of the most important ones to have. Start with a plunge or a combo kit with one motor and fixed and plunge base. A plunge will do anything a fixed base will but not the other way around. If you decide to buy new check amazon and ebay. You can get factory reconditioned too.

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In That little hut, btw it has a wonderful name "Esko2", Barb is also our gray water filter, water metre and a 200L liquid tank as part of the gray water system. So in the end the free space for me and my stuff (that has to be in a warm and a dry place) is only 2x2m. Those of you who got interested can guess if I have a lathe, a 14" bandsaw, a planer etc.
But you know Claude as they say, size isn't everything. It is your imagination that draws the lines!

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Wow Barb! Is it a normal usa motorhome with three bedrooms a saloon and a balcony??!

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Welcome aboard. And my shop is 8'X12'.

First rule: Don't quit your day job.

Personally, I do not recommend tools from pawnshops, I find them way overpriced. But, on the other hand you 'can' get some decent deals at times. Shop around.

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