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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Actually, looking at your tool list again, it appears that you have enough to start making smaller (but still useful) projects. Start by making yourself a tool tote to carry the pieces that don't fit in your tool belt. Make it sturdy, more so than pretty, as it is meant to be used and abused. Furniture comes later.
You are an adult and, as such, might feel that the things most of us started out with ... one-board birdhouses, saw horses, napkin holders and so on ... are somehow too trivial to bother with. But these are the sorts of projects where we learned the essential first skills that led us on to larger projects. And they are projects that we STILL make from time to time, many years down the road.
Maybe before making that deck you should try your hand at making an Adirondack chair. Search the web and you will find plenty of drawings, photos and plans for one. Simple looking, it is a fairly challenging project for a self-styled 'newbie'. Price a nice one in a lawn & garden center and you'll be doubly motivated. ;-)
You will learn how to cut angles, orient grain, form curves, join wood at angles with strong joints ... and a ton more skills.
Whenever possible, choose a project that will stretch you skills while still being in the realm of "doable".
But you already have the tools needed to begin ... so begin.
Bill
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