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Blog entry by WoodsmanWoodworker posted 10-29-2010 04:26 PM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are photos of the tools i have thus far. Any advice on what to get please help me out, keeping in mind i only use human-powered hand tools. I plan to get more planes, files, rasps, a coping saw, a cabinet scraper, a drawknife, a spokeshave, a bevel, and a crosscut saw. If you know how to make any of these i’d appreciate the help because making the tools is a top priority, second is buying them. If i left any tools that i have out it’s probly something small like bits and, such so this is pretty much it. Thanks for your help!

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



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racerglen

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 04:53 PM

I think you’ve made a pretty good start.. BTW..That’s one impressive drill press, but aren’t you taking the hand work just a
bit TOO far ?

I’ve got a late 1800’s hand cranked post drill, the kind that mounts on the wall..
but it’s a conversation piece, especialy with the ear protectors hanging from the crank :D

And you can never have too many clamps.. There’s a thread on this site about making your own.

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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mafe

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 05:11 PM

I think you have the most important.
I love that hand drill.
Just out of curiosity how old are you? And what do you do when you don’t do wood working?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 05:18 PM

No, i like hard work and love old times. 19 and odd jobs here and there.

-- 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 05:21 PM

A good collection

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mafe

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 05:38 PM

Two pieces of leather to make some tender jaws for your wises.
Some sandpaper in grids 80-120-240.
How do you sharpen the chisels?
Thank you, I had the feeling you were a young guy, now I have a better image merci!
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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swirt

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 05:50 PM

That is a great hand drill press. Is there a maker listed on it? It is a good size, though it needs a bit of a worktable built up around it and on the surface of the metal face.

Suggest a couple of longer saws (1 rip, 1 crosscut). Those toolbox length saws are handy, but you really benefit from the added length of saw (22” – 26”. Essentially if you double the the length of the saw and you double the number of teeth at work, so you cut the number of strokes in half.

First tools to build: Tool holders. Maybe a place to hang your saws and a provision for keeping your files from clattering around in a drawer. Nothing dulls either of them faster than vibrating against other tool steel each time the drawer is opened and closed.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 06:12 PM

WW, It looks like to me you are on your way to having a good tool set. I surely wouldn’t discourage anyone, especially your age, from wanting to concentrate on hand tools. You have all kinds of time to learn about the machine and power tools. Besides, you can work for someone else and acquire this knowledge as well. Furthermore, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to learn about making tools. Again, at your age I encourage you to do it.

I’m sorry I misunderstood your question about the blacksmith stuff. I gave you a list of what I thought would be a good beginners set of hand tools instead. I hope that you will find it useful anyways since you want to make many of the tools. Best of luck on all of your indeavers. I hope that you don’t mind but I think that I will just post that list I gave you. It might help someone else.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 06:24 PM

Sure, thank you again

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

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 07:01 PM

Skarp I don’t mind power tools. I have a PM table saw, a PM jointer, a PM scroll saw, a Jet bandsaw, and a drill press. I also have maybe 6 or 7 basic power tools as well as an air compressor and nail guns. However, I think that hand tools are important. From what I see of the main woodworking schools, they always start people off with hand tools. I just think that it gives a good foundation.

BTW, I love my bandsaw and use it for all kinds of things.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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daveycrocket

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#10 posted 10-29-2010 07:11 PM

The pictures are great and collection is outstanding. Some will put sweat on your brow. Your are locky to have the brace & bit. Don’t exist anymore. You will always think ahead and positive. Your tools might limit you, however your imigation can run away with you. Some of the videos should put out front of the game. I sit spell bount for hours on end. Must increas my knowledge because I have the job of teaching our Army troops upon return. Hope to view a project later.

Gaddabout ———- Fujisawa-Shi, Japan

-- DAVEY CROCKET

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 10-29-2010 07:19 PM

You is off to a great start!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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hairy

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#12 posted 10-29-2010 07:25 PM

I’m with mafe , sharpening for the chisels.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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David Kirtley

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#13 posted 10-29-2010 07:42 PM

The only thing that stands out as missing is a marking gauge, a square, and a set of dividers or a compass.

Hunt down the books of Bernard E. Jones and Roy Underhill. Buy or get from library if budget is limited.

I honestly would wait before acquiring too many extra tools yet. You have a good starter set and you can either make many of them or take your time to find a really good deal.

Eventually, you might add a jointer plane but planes can be a lot of fun and cheap to make.
A spokeshave and some kind of turning saw (coping saw for example) add the ability to work on curved stuff more easily. (Now I see you already did that)

Order of stuff to start with:

First: A bench hook for sawing and planing.

Second:

Saw bench / saw horses.

Third:

Start thinking about a workbench. Here is a blog posting showing one form of small portable workbench. They are really cool on their own and if you want a big bench, you build it on the small bench. Two benches in a hand tool shop are really nice.

http://www.closegrain.com/2010/08/portable-workbench.html

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

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David Kirtley

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#14 posted 10-29-2010 07:49 PM

I had not seen your projects! Great start. Just keep making stuff and the rest will take care of itself. You can either work with a simple set of tools or run out and buy the latest gadgets and sexy new tools. They can be fun as well but not needed. Also check out The Precision Cutting of Dovetails by Cecil Pierce. He used a hacksaw for his. Whatever cuts is fine. If it doesn’t cut, sharpen it. :)

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

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#15 posted 10-29-2010 10:05 PM

thanks, all of you, i can always use your advice… and i am looking into a sharpening device.

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

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