The Lysdexic looT Chest
The following is a blog entry documenting the acquisition of a basic set of woodworking hand tools. I am doing this primarily for personal use. Many of you will recognize the contents of the tool chest because it relies HEAVILY on the list proposed by Chris Schwarz in “The Anarchist Tool Chest.” My intention is not to plagiarize his work. In fact, if this blog entry interests you then I suggest you pick up a copy of his book as he goes into much more detail as to why the tools are chosen. You can buy it here at the Lost Art Press. My list is just help me keep track and I will update it as I go. These are not recommendations. If this helps others or motivates others to buy his book, all the better.
*If Mr. Schwarz ever sees this list and wants me to remove it- I will gladly
Coping Saw – I have a Sandvic for a long time but replaced the blade with an Olson 18 PPI blade
Flush cut saw – the single sided Veritas as recommended
Panel Rip Saw – obtained a 4 ½ ppi E.C. Atkins at an estate sale. Needs restoration. Also, ordered a D-8 with thumb hole from Bad Axe. Also, two 5 PPI thumbhole Disston D-8s
Panel X-cut Saw – Refurbed a old Disston D-8 at 8 ppi. After I cleaned it up I sent it to Matt Cianci for sharpening
Tenon Saw – 14” Tyzack rip saw. Purchased from the tool store above The Woodwright’s school. I love this saw but needs restoration.
Carcase saw –12” Carcase x-cut saw from Bad Axe tool works. Mesquite handle. Beautiful, Tooks 7 months to ship.
Dovetail – bought the Veritas dovetail saw and sold it to Shane. Bought a LN progressive pitch DT saw to replace it.
Jack Plane – have a T 15 Stanley-Bailey #5 and replaced iron with Veritas replacement. Plan to chamber at 8” radius. Also, have a Veritas BU Jack. Love it and use it on the shooting board
Rabbet Plane – picked up Stanley # 78 at an estate sale. Needs refurb. Schwarz higjly recommends the Veritas skewed rabbet.
Shoulder Plane – Veritas medium shoulder plane
Block Plane – Veritas DX 60 LA block plane
Router Plane – not yet. Schwarz recommends both a large and a small. Square post.Considering Veritas, Lie Nielson, or Stanley #71
Plow Plane – not yet. Considering Stanley #45. Vintage wooden plow is recommended but hard to find a good. Buy a new metal one is most predictable route. Shavings exit toward hand instead of away with a wooden plow.
Stick with one system
Waterstones – need grits 500, 1000, 4000, 8000 to 10,000. Looked at Shaptons? Expensive. Will need diamond flattening plate too.
Oil Stones – probably the way I’ll go.
Grinder – not yet. Bought one at a estate sale but didn’t work. Shame on me. Waste of $12. Recommended a 3450 RPM slow grind with cool friable wheel.
Burnisher – Veritas Tri-burnisher
Granite – not on ATC tool list. Granite slab from Woodcraft
Oilcan – vintage off Ebay
Cutting Gauges – Tite Mark gauge. Asian mortise gauge from Woodcraft.
Panel Gauge – not yet. Want to make my own
6” Combo square – not yet. I use a 4” machinist square.
24” folding rule – refurbed a vintage brass bound Lufkin.
12’ tape measure –
Marking knife –
Wooden winding sticks – plan to make my own out some Saepele
36” wooden straight edge – plan to make my own
Wooden try square – plan to make one but for now I use a Crown try square
Sliding bevel – Swanson from Lowe’s. Will buy Vintage in the future but how many to I need?
Dividers – bought a vintage 12” Pexto but need more. New Starretts recommended.
Bevel Edge Chisels – Got a cheap Woodriver set that I reviewed here. My set of Lie Nielsons should be here tomorrow.
Mortise Chisels – but a vintage 3/8” from the Woodwright’s school. Will probably get more.
Spokeshave – Stanley #51 off Ebay. Not tuned or sharpened yet. Brass cabinetmakers spokeshave with convex sole from flea market.
Rasps – box lot of rasps from estate sale. Don’t knoww hats in there yet. Shinto rasp. Nicholson rasps from Lowe’s. Probably need better one’s.
Card scrapers – assorted pack from Woodcraft.
Mallets and Drills
Chisel mallet – made my own. Project here.
Cross-peen hammer –
16 0z claw hammer – vintage Stanley from estate sale. Vintage BlueGrass form yard sale.
Dead-blow mallet –
Nail pincers – not yet
Slotted screw drivers – had them but bought a a rusted vintage Irwin at flea market with wooden handles. I really like it.
Sawnut drivers – will file notch into a flathead screwdriver.
10” Brace – Vintage Millers Falls 8” brace. Score a 12” North Bros Yankee 2101 at an estate sale. It is in bad shape and needs refirb
Hand Drill – North Bros for estate sale. Don’t know the number.
Set of 13 auger bits – not yet. Irwin style recommended.
Brad point bits – set from Lee Valley
Birdcage Awl – vintage form flea market
Dowel plate – not yet.
Bench hook – made my own. Project documented here.
Saw Benches – not yet
Miter box – Not yet. Friend told me that the red Millers Falls was the best. bought a Vintage Stanley 100 picture frame miter. Right now using a Bosch compound powered miter saw.
End grain shooting board – made my own. Project here.
Long grain shooting board – not yet.
Miter shooting – accessory to my shooting board
Cork backed andind pad – not yet
Work bench – GLARING DEFICIENCY. Plan to build a Roubo style bench.
Cabinet clamps – 24” and 40” Jet parallel clamps. Various sizes of Bessy tradesman clamps.
Good to have Tools
Dial Caliper – Wixey digital. Love it.
12” combo square – Starrett from Amazon
Dovetail Marker – 12 degree from Veritas
Jointer Plane- Veritas BU Jointer and T 12 Stanley #7
Smooth Plane – WoodRiver #4 – don’t like it. On the prowl for a 4 ½
Large shoulder plane – not yet. Will have to really need one before acquiring.
Carpenter’s hatchet – meh.
Draw knife – 10” Blue Grass form flea market. Not sharpened or tunes yet.
No. 80 cabinet scraper – not yet.
Beading plane – not yet
Small complex moulder (ogee ovolo) – not yet
Set of half rounds – not yet
1 ½” paring chisel – not yet
Fishtail chisel – not yet may find a willing vintage to file down
Drawer lock chisel – not yet
Mortise float – not yet
Drawbore pins – not yet. Probably will get these
12” bow saw – not yet
Saw files – not yet, but I want to learn to sharpen my own saws
Saw vise – not yet, as above
Saw set – not yet as above
Side clamp honing guide – Veritas MK-II
Trammel Points – recommended to make your own
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