Right now i’m preparing my shop for the summer. Making mallets, a huge tool chest and a work bench in my schools woodshop.. (Btw, im currently choosing the legs, would metal or wood be better? Any insight?) and also purchasing my tools. This summer i’m going with all hand tools, with the exception of a router because molding planes are way to expensive. I have a buget of 2500 to spend on tools & wood. I’ve been wanting these really nice matsumura chisels, but buying a set can get pretty expensive. The three main expenses in buying tools are going to come from buying the saws, planes and chisels. Anyone have comments on how much I should or shouldnt spend? Whats the diffence between stanley saws and lie-nelsion? Or hand wrought japanese chisels to blue marples? I havent worked with high quality hand tools, how much of a difference does it make? Any suggestions on what kinda tools I should purchase?
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