When starting off with woodworking, it can be a bit daunting to get all the things you need. The first thing that usually happens is that you go to the hardware store and buy all sorts of expensive equipment. You may have asked the store help about the kind of equipment you may need, but let’s face it; they are going to tell you, you need everything.
So, not only does your pocket become incredibly light, but you end up with all sorts of tools you are never actually going to be able to use.
What you actually need to do is get used woodworking equipment:
If you go to any expert woodworker, they will guide you as to what kind of tools and equipment you will need to make simple projects. There is no shame in asking for help because even a small piece of good advice can go a long way. If you do not have anyone to guide you in that area, you can always buy a couple of popular books suggested by other people. This will allow you to increase your knowledge about the task at hand. Start simple and start cheap, when it comes to tools. Go through your local newspaper ads and check for tools online. But, the trick is to not buy anything until you have actually tried out the used woodworking equipment, at least once yourself.
You will find a lot of practically new woodworking tools being sold off ion garage sales. It may not look like this is the case at a first cursory glance. This is because in most garage sales and flea markets, you will have to dig through all the other junk to find something which can actually be used again. You may need to get your hands dirty, but it will all be worth it in the end.
There are a couple of things that should be kept in mind when looking for used woodworking tools.
- Do your research. Compare the prices that have been listed in different advertisements. This will give you an idea of how much you can spend and whether or not you will be able to make a good bargain. This will prove to be particularly useful for those who are on a tight budget. Allow yourself to set an amount you can easily spend on each tool.
- As the whole point of buying used woodworking tools is to make things work on a smaller budget, it is important to know the brands that would be worth buying. There are many tools which come under different names because of the different brands that sell them. This way you may end up buying a tool which has the same function as one you already have, the only difference being a minor one. Products of this kind are nothing more than a waste of money.
- Find out why the previous owner is selling the equipment. This will help you get an idea of possible damage or malfunctioning of the equipment.