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Blog entry by WoodsmanWoodworker posted 10-29-2010 12:06 AM 1045 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m trying to still gather my tools, and even attempting to make my own now if you’ve seen my last few projects. Is there any tools you all reccomend i make? I’m up for making anything in the future, not just specific things, so if you have a tool that you enjoy and made yourself or think you could have had made, please list it here. Anything and everything will at least be considared if i feel i am able to make it, so i appreciate it the help, thanks all.

I want to buy and make my last 10 or so tools, then make a toolbox and then i can focus on making whatever it is i want to make, becuase now somethings are out of the picture… for instance, i need a drawknife and a spokeshave or i won’t be able to make a bow or flute (well it is possible, but the outcome without these tools i don’t want to try). Thanks again

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 12:21 AM

You’ve made some good one’s so far . Do you have any planes?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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misslolly

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 12:29 AM

I’m with you on this tool making venture. I’m toying with doing some black smithing as well. A drawknife was on the top of the list but I bought a small one for a reasonable sum so now my priority has moved to a bowl hook and some other carving tools. I don’t have a lot of money to throw around so I’m always on the lookout for ways to use and reuse items that are at hand. You might find the following link interesting

http://www.bodgers.org.uk/bb/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=719

-- wishIstillhadaclydesdaleinmyfrontyard

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 12:31 AM

I have a block and jack planes…i want to dabble in blacksmithing, what do you need to start doing the most basic of things? thanks

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 12:40 AM

I’m a power tool guy but if your go total traditional woodworking you should check out some of Roy underhill’s books I think he will help with what tools you need .

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=roy+underhill+books&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=4299635215&ref=pd_sl_92pzep3y6c_e

He has a school too

http://www.woodwrightschool.com/

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 01:33 AM

Yeah roy is the best when it comes to hand tools. He actually got me into woodworking. Thanks

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 01:44 AM

try to look at this book on the libary before you buy it, I´m nearly sure you will do it …LOL
the fine thing with the tool projects in this book is that there is no blacksmithing in it
and all the tools is with explanation on how to and with plans
beside a trick or two to learn
there is plans for 20 tools and one for a tool-tote in it

titel :
Tool-Making Projects
for Joinery
and Woodworking

Auther : Steve A. Olesin

ISBN 10 1-892836-23-8
ISBN 13 978-1-892836-23-6

publisher : cambium press
website : cambiumpress.com

it doesn´t show how to make different planes
but it show you how to make a block plane
and from that you know how to make the bigger ones

good luck with it
Dennis

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BigTiny

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 11:35 AM

With a little ingenuity, you can make almost any tool you can name. Everything from smaller hand tools to large power tools can be made in the home shop.

If I were you, I’d first figure out what kind of wood working I wanted to do and that should guide you to what tools you’ll need. Then it’s a matter of which ones you feel you can build cheaper than buying them.

Some tools are either too complex for the average home builder or can be bought used in good condition for so liitle it isn’t worth building them, but the rest should be within your grasp.

The pride you’ll feel using tools you made yourself will be every bit as great as the pride taken in the things you make with those tools.

Have fun.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 01:24 PM

I would love to make ALL my tools, but right now without knowing any blacksmithing, most are off. Planes i would need the blade, as well as spaokshave, drawknife and most other tools that are in my head right now. I was just looking for something to make in the meantime of getting more of my tools. Thank you though.

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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David Kirtley

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 07:52 PM

The Complete Modern Blacksmith [Paperback]
Alexander Weygers

http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Modern-Blacksmith-Alexander-Weygers/dp/0898158966

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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