As a beginning DIY woodworker right from your garage or very first workshop your first project can be a fun-filled exercise. It is also a practical one. Your first set of wood working tools must be stored away when not in use. We have observed how many DIY woodworkers still insist on simply hanging their tools on prepared hooks apparently for ease of use. But there will be times when projects lie fallow and tools will be unused for long periods of time.
Unused tools won’t always withstand exterior conditions. One of the first lessons of woodworking is good housekeeping. Keeping your work area clean and tidy is vitally important. Not only does it show pride in your work it also keeps your workshop space safe. To keep your new tools safe and in prime condition, you should be thinking of a cabinet in which to store them. This could be your first project.
While it will be worthwhile to aim for precision and quality craftsmanship, bear in mind that your storage cabinet does not need to be a work of art at this stage. It is merely a storage space for your tools in your workshop where only you and your youthful assistant are likely to be working in. Also, first lessons in planning ahead will be worthwhile. For instance, your toolkit is likely to grow as you grow into your work.
So make sure that your new cabinet is built at the right size to equip this projected growth. Recommended tools for your basic toolkit include a thickness planer, a router with router bits, one or two different-sized hand saws and a circular saw. The jigsaw is a popular addition because not only is it effective it is also easy to learn how to operate.