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Posted on I want to build things with hand tools

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 08:26 PM

It would really help to know what kind of work you plan to do…that can make a difference in what tools are recommended. If you’re set on going with New Tools at LV (Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re a phenominal company), then I’d go for the following:

Narex Bevel Edged Chisels – Set of 4 ($41)
Veritas 5 1/4 – $229 (A low angle jack could also be considered here)
Veritas Low Angle Block – $139
Set of 3 Veritas Saws – $159
6” Starrett Double Square – $66

Total – $634

That would cover your basics. Then you need to look more locally for a panel saw (You can probably find a nice Disston on Craigslist or some other site), you’ll also need stones, or a granite surface and sandpaper for sharpening. If you’re going for completely hand tools, you’ll also want to look for a brace and bits, and a router plane.

And that’s just trying to get you a basic set that can do a little of everything. You may want to do more mortise and tenoning, in which case a nice tenon saw and mortise chisels would serve you well. Actually, mortise chisels are always handy…But then you’d also need a mallet. But then you could make it yourself…

And don’t foget some money for lumber…what good are tools if you have nothing to build with?

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