Dear fellow woodworker,
I’ve created this page for people who have these questions running through their mind:
After 20 years of woodworking and coaching other… I’ve seen enough to know:
In fact, it’s so bad that I must apologize it has taken me this long to reveal my answers to all of these questions!
Hi. My name is Ralph Chapman and I've been in love with woodworking for more than 25 years.
And like you, I’ve struggled with buying tools, setting up my workshop and practicing my craft. But I have to tell you… All of that frustration, planning and hard-work has paid off!
I finally have things setup just right… and I love this hobby even more than I did when I started many moons ago.
All the optimizations I’ve done… the little habits I’ve picked up… and the countless techniques, tools and layouts I’ve tried… all of that has come together to make this hobby exactly what I knew it could be.
My love for this hobby is so strong that around 5 years ago I just had to share it with others.
So I began mentoring and helping other woodworkers – from all around the world – take their creations to the next level.
And as I talked to these beginner, novice and sometimes expert wood-workers, I began to see a pattern…
When it came to tools, people simply didn’t know what to get.
Its been rough on my pocketbook… but even worse on my motivation. Some of the most memorable bad tools I’ve had over the years are: (disclaimer, these are my personal opinions)
Sure, a drum sander is not a vital tool for wood-workers. But this one sticks in my craw anyway! I felt the design was utter crap.
It wouldn’t keep alignment on the 4 lead screws. Which meant I could NEVER sand anything evenly… and everything I used it on turned out thicker on one side. Boy was it annoying.
And to top it off, the gears were plastic with a cheap rubber belt. When I saw the low quality, I just knew they weren’t going to last. And sure enough I was right. When the belt busted, I went online to order replacement parts. (I had planned on ordering new gears because I just knew they would go next.)
That’s when I found the tool had been discontinued altogether… and you couldn’t even find parts for it. I had paid $800 for it and suddenly it was nothing but junk. A complete waste.
The problem I had with this tool actually surprised me. The thing was, it vibrated so much that my arm would get fatigued within 10 minutes!
Now, I’m no pansy or anything. I’ve dealt with some heavy duty machinery in my life and never had this issue. But this thing really did a number on my arm!
It was so bad that I switched back to hand-sanding and found it LESS tiring on my arm. Eventually I sold it on eBay and got about 50% of what I paid for it. A waste of time and money.
No matter how much I messed with this tool, I was never able to get a true 90 degree jointed board out of it.
About the only thing I could do was make shingles with it. Eventually I sold it on craigslist to someone locally. I told him why I was selling it, but he swore he knew how to “make it work right”.
I wished him good luck and then promptly lost hundreds by selling it for just ¼ the price I paid for it.
I spent more time tinkering and fixing this tool versus any other tool I’ve ever had!
I was actually glad when the angle adjustment “mechanism” broke (just a plastic rack and pinion). It lasted just one week. But it was one week of deep frustration.
The biggest problem was just overall poor design. The “throat plate” was just a rectangular piece of metal indented on one side to accommodate the 10 inch blade, so one could not make a zero clearance replacement.
And to top it off... it was noisier than ANY other benchtop saw I’ve ever used. Truly like something out of a nightmare!
I lost money on tools in a lot of ways during this time (what I call my “tool tryout stage”).
It happened over and over again. And every freakin’ time I thought I knew what to look for... and what to avoid… I lost money again in a different way.
After all my experience… and after coaching hundreds of students and hearing their experiences... I’ve taken note of....
This is by far the most common scam. (I call it a scam but some might disagree. Let’s see what you think.)
The way it works is this. Someone puts up a website called something like “Table saw reviews”. And on this webpage is a list of “the best” tools in this category. Of course what they DON’T tell you is that when you click the links on this webpage and buy the tool, the owner of the website gets a cut of the sale price.
Now, do you really think the owners of these websites care about the quality of the tools they recommend? Nope. What they do is recommend the tools with the highest revenue share.
Which means, when you search for anything to do with tool reviews… you’re going to come across hundreds of these webpages… and all of them are designed to earn your trust… and take your money!
This one really gets to me. I mean it really gets me hot under the collar. Because it’s just so damned brazen!
As though I am too blind to see the rust or too deaf to hear the squealing! This is why I never recommend buying anything from Craigslist and I rarely recommend eBay. Because you never know who you are dealing with.
Even those eBay sellers with good feedback scores may use third-party “refurbishers”… and you don’t know who those folks are. It’s just not worth the risk in my opinion.
Some might not call this a scam... but that’s exactly what it is! And the list of bad tools I gave you earlier is just the beginning.
Cheap Chinese manufacturing might be ok for Tupperware… but heavy-duty tools meant to last for years and years…?
The only reason a company would dare outsource such a thing would be to stretch profits. Parts, materials and assembly costs go down… and branding, marketing and prices go up. It makes me sick.
And to make it worse… given the fake review situation... you can never be sure a tool is high quality or low quality... until you buy it.
One of the most common mistakes is buying tools that are too expensive or buying tools you don’t need. The truth is, you don’t need much to build pretty much anything you can imagine.
And you can get good quality tools for big discounts if you know where to look. (More on that later).
In all you can spend under $1,000 and be setup in a great workshop. But I know how it feels when you’re shopping for new tools… and you think… “why not buy the top of the line so it lasts longer”… or “may as well get the best while I’m spending money”… those kinds of thoughts won’t only get you into big trouble with your other half… it’s also COMPLETELY wrong.
Because high price doesn’t always equal high value. More on this later.
The other risk is not spending enough. The need to save money might backfire and you could end up losing money in the long run.
The discount tool industry is a billion-dollar one and some companies compete on price alone. Their target market is wanna-be handy-men and women who take on a single home improvement project.
Those types want to get things done for cheap... so their sole focus is on the price. Now we need more out of our tools than the average customer… so we simply can’t go for the cheap stuff.
But keep in mind here… good quality tools can be bought for bargain prices if you know where to look.
You might be shocked by this one. I'm talking about Amazon, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and the like.
These places aren’t the best when it comes to stocking quality tools at cheap prices. Now I’m not saying you can’t find good stuff at these stores… you sure can... from time to time.
But I would never go to any of them as a single one-stop-shop for everything tool related.
That honor goes to a particular online store which I’m surprised more woodworkers don’t know about. More on this in a second.
So there… six of the most common ways my students and I have lost money on tools.
I bet you’ve fallen victim to at least one of these scams or mistakes before?
If not, count yourself lucky. Because one or two would be somewhat easy to avoid… but SIX?
But you know what… here’s something else…
As bad as losing money is…
Losing your TIME is SO MUCH WORSE... Because there’s no way to get your time back!
What could you have built so far with the time you’ve spent dealing with bad tools?
… All the research... sending them back for warranty repair… reselling them on Craigslist or eBay… or the time you’ve spent ruminating about which tool is the BEST to buy for a specific need?
And since you’ve spent your time reading this far... I know you’re in need of guidance when it comes to setting up a complete small workshop.
I want to help you achieve that. More than anything.
But I don’t have the time to coach everyone personally…
So I’ve done the next best thing and put EVERYTHING I know about creating a small workshop into a detailed guide.
And the most important part of this guide is:
Once you have this list… you won’t have to spend anymore of your precious time researching tools… and more than that... you’re going to save yourself hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the long run by buying the best tools from the start.
If that sounds good... then keep reading...
because in a moment I’m going to give you a chance to get just that.
A shopping list of the best quality tools and where to buy them from a trustworthy (and formerly secret) source for up to 70% off prices from big box retailers such as Amazon / Lowes / Home Depot....
In fact, if you have just 10’ x 6’ square feet, I promise you can setup a workshop just as great as the $10,000+ ones the experts use.
Inside this 246 page illustrated book there are SIX modules.
One for every area of setting up a home workshop. This includes:
By far the biggest way woodworkers lose money and get discouraged is tool selection. In this module, I’ll show you:
The tools I recommend have been used by either myself or someone I personally know. Their durability and performance is top notch and I can vouch for them.
When setting up a long-term shop, you don’t want to screw this up. Get it wrong, and you’ll have all sorts of problems… but get it right, and your life will be much easier. In this module I’ll reveal...
Once you have your location picked out and your tools ordered and on the way… the next step is choosing the best woodworking shop layout for your space.
Inside this module you’ll find:
After you have your layout chosen, the next step is to plan these three elements around your layout. Inside this module I’ll show you:
Don’t underestimate how important these issues are. They can mean the difference between working in comfort and working in constant irritation. In this module I’ll show you:
Maintaining and organizing the overall safety of your shop should be your final step in setting up a small shop.
In this part of the guide I’ll reveal:
This is also the guide I wish I had when I was starting out as an amateur woodworker.
But I’m happy that, because you’re investing in the Ultimate Small Shop guide today… you’re going to skip all of the expensive and maddening mistakes I made.
I’ve laid out a step-by-step blueprint for turning your spare space into a workshop without all the hassle and expense.
And now you can use this blueprint to skip all of that frustration.
Instead, you could be working in your own ultimate woodworking shop… within two weeks or less from today.
With my guide and my secret resource of discounted tools, you too can set up your shop for FAR LESS than what it would cost you.
Don't subscribe to the myth that you need to burn through money to set up a proper shop. Hundreds of my satisfied customers are proof to that!
What would that be worth to the average beginner or novice woodworker struggling to setup a shop?
What would it be worth to you?
Well let’s do the math and think this through…
Well let’s say you bought a tool and it works just fine for 6 months… then stops working.
Now let’s say you paid $200 for this tool… a very conservative estimate for power-tools... but let’s make the price between hand-tool prices and power-tool prices. So $200 sounds about right.
Replacing this tool would cost you AT LEAST $200. With shipping and tax... the total might come more to $240.
Now let’s add to that the “time cost” of researching.
If you make $15 per hour at your job, and you spend three hours (another conservative estimate) reading reviews... that adds $45 to the replacement cost.
Now here’s where it really adds up:
What happens if two… three… or four tools need to be replaced in the first year?
You’ll lose money, lose time and your frustration will multiply over and over. Now you see just how expensive this hobby can get… and why so many people quit within the first year!
Now in my years of experience I've own or owned almost all major brands…
.....tested dozens of models of EVERY tool type…
and have spoken to hundreds of woodworkers face-to-face.
If I were to give you my exact list of tools which I personally recommend
… tools that I know will last you at least ten years of average use...
Using the math above… if this list saved you from replacing just one tool (which I am certain it will)… using conservative estimates… you would save around $285.
So technically... I could charge $285 for this list and you would break even.
But of course I’m NOT going to charge anywhere near that.
Actually, even $100 is more than I think would be ok.
And I feel the same about $75… and $50. Those prices are simply too high for most people.
I know from my experience working with woodworkers that times are tough and budgets are tight.
I was there myself in 2008 and I know how it feels to be without woodworking. This hobby has given me so much joy that I simply can’t live with myself if I don’t make this guide available to everyone.
That’s why here today… when you order below this page…
I’m going to let you have The Ultimate $1,000 Small Shop...
… complete with the tool list, secret suppliers list and the workshop guide
… all 6 modules of exact instructions as if I’m personally coaching you (which I never do for less than $150 per hour)
… for the low price of
$285 $129 $39.00
But you know what?...
Because beyond the tool list... beyond the shop guide…. and all the other modules in this book…
I’m giving you two FREE bonuses when you order today.
I know that the Ultimate Small Shop guide is worth many times more than the “price of admission.”
But I never feel right unless I deliver woodworkers like you MUCH more value than you paid for.
So along with your Ultimate Small Shop Guide (which will be in your inbox right after you complete your order today), I’m also giving you these BONUS items:
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And the thing is, some of these deals only last a day or two, so it’s important to act fast when they show up in your email inbox.
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Listen, I totally get it if you’re still looking at that big green button above and thinking, “What if this is just another ripoff where I get a useless guide telling me to go garage sale hunting for my tools?”
But there’s still a BIG part of you that senses that this guide is different.
Maybe it’s because I’m a 25-year veteran woodworker, or maybe it’s just because you’ve seen enough “fluff” to sense whether someone is being sincere or not.
Do you trust and risk getting screwed… or not trust and risk missing out on vital insights and insider resources that could help you build the shop you’ve been dreaming of?
Take a deep breath.
I’ve got a solution:
If for any reason you’re not satisfied with the Ultimate $1,000 Small Shop guide…
...maybe you don’t like my shop layouts
…or maybe you hate the tools I recommend
...or even if you hate the way the book is organized.
It doesn’t matter how small or large the issue is… if you’re not happy... I’m not happy.
And if that happens… all you need to do is email me and I’ll refund every penny of your money… with NO questions asked and NO hard feelings.
So really, there is no downside here...
But that’s not my entire mission here.
There’s more to it than just helping you save money and get your small shop setup…
Because I know once you have this guide:
… and once you have all of this...you can finally get down to business and start creating the items you know you’re capable of making… and more than that…
you’ll start building a rare and valuable skill known as woodworking.
I’m sure it will give you a lifetime of joy. I know it has me.
I simply can’t live a day without doing something in my workshop.
And looking back over the years… I am so glad I stuck with it and pushed through all the mistakes I’ve made.
Given everything you’ve seen here today… along with my money back guarantee... I think it’s an easy choice.
Getting the exact tool and shop advice I would give my high priced coaching students (who pay $150 per hour)…
....getting that for just $39? (Plus the bonuses!)
This is something to jump on for any serious woodworker!
Ok. How do you feel now?
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I've seen Ultimate Small Shop help hundreds of my students setup their first shop without spending more than they need to. It's time for your turn...
One of most common mistakes is that many people try to figure things out on their own.
Many of my students when it comes to setting up shop say, "Okay, let me just go and figure things out."
You can certainly try that but you may end up spending more than you probably should.
You can go online or even worse, get recommendations from sales people at retail stores. And quite frankly a lot of the suggestions are terrible.
You will get recommended on "sponsored tools" that manufacturers are giving them!
But you know what, as bad as losing money is…
Losing your TIME is SO much worse... Because there’s no way to get your time back!
Time that could be spend working on your project.
With my guide, I'll take the confusion
You'll discover exactly:
I'll take the confusion away and also guide you on the exact specifics on setting up your shop...
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