Woodworking with Aaron #5: Most important hand tools

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Blog entry by aaronmolloy posted 03-02-2008 10:30 PM 753 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What do you think are the most important hand tools to have in a workshop. Then after a week I will put a list up of everyones ideas and choices and maybe I will do an audio podcast on the topic.

-- A. Molloy

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#1 posted 03-02-2008 10:50 PM

hand tool… hmmm I don’t use a lot of what is considered “hand tools” but… my little mini hammer is a must have for me… the handle is just the length of my hand but it is well balanced and heavy and boy, I use it all the time.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 03-02-2008 11:24 PM

saws—I use a jetcut
marking tools

no matter how many machines we have, there is always a place for these

-- Gareth, Amlwch

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#3 posted 03-03-2008 03:56 AM

mostly chisels
also a block plane for trimming doors and other pieces that don’t quite fit
a coping saw for detail cutting
a dovetail saw for the dovetails i do
lastly like Gareth marking tools. i use them all the time on every project.

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#4 posted 03-03-2008 05:57 AM

I’m sure that there has already been a ton about this written here at LJ and elsewhere. Might be more thorough if you just did a search here and then wrote up a report (or gave a report via a podcast).

-- Eric at

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