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Hi all, I’ve just joined the group but must confess I’m no carpenter by far. My background was a roofer and now I’m a minister of religion , yes a higher calling now ;-)
The reason I’m excited about starting up and learning again some woodwork skills is my son 12 years of age has recently informed me that this year for Christmas he wants power tools and a woodwork bench to start a new hobby. So I’ve made room in the garage and plan to build with him a bench to start of. Thanks to someone on this site for sending me a plan to get me going.
I must admit I’m just as excited to starting than he is and have spent way to much in tools already lol
Hope to post after Christmas the bench we try to build together as our first project.
Anyway that’s me for now and again thanks to this great site for help and inspiration.

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Moment ...

greetings !

Brian ...

What a great thing to be able to share a hobby with your son. I tried to get my son into woodworking, but instead he got me into fishing and I’m hooked on both with no time for either. ;-) But at least we get to spend some quality time together.

ladz ...

yes Brian it is, and I also go fishing and shooting with him so time management is very hard. would be easier if the wife joined in and had the same hobby lol.
he is the youngest of five and all have been interested in like minded things so I have been blessed in that. soon be taking the grandchildren along to, and hopefully by then be able to make and show them some woodwork skills, pieces.
there really is some great items on this site and much talent for me to learn from.

a1jim ...

Welcome to WWW I hope you enjoy your time here.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Take a look at paul sellers on YouTube he has the best series going on making work benches and is just starting another series on the subject it’s a great bench as a starter too.

Personally I’d be getting him started with hand tools for a few very simple reasons, it introduces a very high attention to detail, handtools by their very nature produce high standards of tool maintainece (a poorly maintained had tool does not get good results), it opens up vastly more options in what can and cannot be under taken, power tools and jigs can be very limiting in the early days, high quality hand tools can be cheaply acquired second hand also working by hand in the earlier days helps to build an in-depth understanding of timber, reading the grain pattern and how to work to achieve a result.

All that said I think a table Saw is a useful power tool/ machine and worth the investment the rest you can get around with hand tools.

I run what’s called a Hybrid shop and I do a good portion of my work with hand tools.

ladz ...

thanks for that advise, I plan on him learning to use hand tools and have also acquired already some books on different joints and how to etc.
need to learn myself as well to be fair, but looking forward to the many hours soon to be spent in the garage with him. now sourcing the wood, materials and just reminded my self how expensive that can be lol… just bought a thicknesser, planner as well: as some of my building friends will let me know when theres some surplus bits to be binned.

Whitacrebespoke ...

What we would call Red deal here in the U.K. is a great timber to start on its cheap readily available and nice to work. After that clear Yellow pine and Douglas Fir are great timbers to be using for practice they work lovely and easily and are not total killers on tools.