[Taken from my Adventures in Woodworking blog, August 2007]
Before heading back to SE Asia, I needed to accumulate the bare minimum tools needed for woodworking by hand. The class I attended at Homestead Heritage recommends 10 tools in particular, and this is where I started:
- combination square
- set of chisels
- strong layout knife
- combination marking/mortise gauge
- small dovetail or gent’s saw
- tenon saw
- small hammer for joint assembly
- solid joiner’s mallet
- smoothing plane
- flat-bottomed spokeshave
I found most of these things either at Woodcraft, on eBay or in my great-grandfather’s old tool chest. I’m not going to worry about getting a nice layout knife yet, since my box cutter will do a decent enough job I think. And until I feel the need to use otherwise, my rubber mallet will suffice for all my malleting/joint assembly needs.
I’ve since learned that “Starter Set” can be very loosely defined. Slippery slope, here I come!