Tools I Bought To Start Woodworking

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Hello everyone, I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend with your loved ones.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to do some DIY projects on weekends and most of them will be woodworking. In order to do that, I needed some tools!

Let’s go shopping

Without any further minutes for procrastination, I headed to the nearest home center the following weekend to find the necessary tools. And I have to say: wow, that place was fascinating! You can literally find anything you ever need for your DIY projects. In need of wood or tools? You won’t be disappointed.

Right after the door: wood, wood everywhere
Wood racks
Circular saws
Drills and drivers

I finally managed to grab enough stuff in my checklist. It’s time to get home.

My gear

Before going into details, let’s have a look at what I brought home from the home center:

At first glance, you might notice that where was the wood? There must have been some 2x4s or so, right?

Well, the problem is that, I don’t own a car or a truck so I could take them home by myself. I had to order a bunch of 2x4s on their online shop instead with a “small” shipping fee.

Anyway, let’s talk about those tools. Here’s the list of what I bought. I also provide some details like the brand, the model and their price in Japanese Yen. And please bear in mind that I’m not either sponsored by any brands or recommending a brand over others. The things I chose are simply based on personal preferences:

  • Circular saw: HiKOKI FC6MA3 – ¥10,300
  • Hand saw: PRO-ACT – ¥1,058
  • Knife: OLFA
  • Impact driver: HiKOKI FWH14DGL –
  • Drill bits
  • Screws: PRO-ACT (32mm and 75mm )
  • Clamps: LIFELEX
  • Tape measure: KAIDAN
  • Safety glasses:
  • Safety masks:
  • Sandpaper:
  • Glue:
  • Rulers:

Getting hands-on

That’s all my stuff. 2x4s and the saw horses are expected to be delivered within weekends. But I wanted to get hands-on real quick, so I grabbed a 3-foot 2×4 and use my table to keep it steady:

Then I took the hand saw out and started to cut. Since I live in an apartment, I don’t want to disturb my neighbors with the circular saw (when I got home it was already 7pm). So I will test the circular saw during day light in the next weekend.

It took me about 3 or 4 minutes to cut across the 2×4. Although I was pretty cautious, the cut still turned out to be very rough and you can see where my stroke was unnecessarily strong. Hope that it will get better with time and experience:

Then I sanded a little bit with sandpaper (the coarsest one). The cut surface looked a lot better:

I could refine the result more with a finer sandpaper, but that was enough for testing purpose.

That’s it for today’s post, guys. Thank you for reading. I will write another post after I have done some test with my circular saw. And until then, I wish to hear from all of you. Any tips or experiences would be very helpful.

Trung Tran is a Deep Learning Engineer working in the car industry. His main daily job is to build deep learning models for autonomous driving projects, which varies from 2D/3D object detection to road scene segmentation. After office hours, he works on his personal projects which focus on Natural Language Processing and Reinforcement Learning. He loves to write technical blog posts, which helps spread his knowledge/experience to those who are struggling. Less pain, more gain.

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