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Where to start???

Posted by Bruce Miller on September 8th, 1997 11:40 PM
In reply to Where to start if you don't know anything? by Chris Anderson on September 7th, 1997 09:14 PM [Go to top of thread]

Hi Chris:
You don't mention what, if any experience, you have had or what tools you have.

Not sure about HFH....I've seen them on TV (TOH) but don't know much else.

My advice is start simple. Take on a small project and see it to completion. A dog house, bird feeder, picnic table, etc. I would get one of any of the popular how-to books (Time-Life, Readers Digest, etc) with the drawings and plans. Basic tools should include an electric drill, hand power saw, hammer, square, builder's square (Stanley), level and a pair of sawhorses. A cordless screwdriver, random orbital sander, jigsaw and table saw are nice-to-haves that you will eventually need if you continue.

But the main thing is that you've got to love doing this kind of stuff. You mention that you've always had a fascination with those who can build....that sounds good, as it suggests you have an underlying respect for the trade and a desire to do a good job yourself. If you would have said that you wanted to learn to build so you could save/make money, I would have suggested you not even try.

Oh, and subscribe to any of the popular home improvement books that you see at the library, like Mechanix, Handyman, Home Projects, etc. I wouldn't suggest Fine Homebuilding or the American Woodworker....they would be a bit advanced for you right now. Save them for later.

Best wishes

Bruce M

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