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#1 posted 10-05-2012 01:45 AM

Good quality chisels are worth investing in. Bench planes,
not so much. Good old used Bailey planes are fine, but you
can upgrade the irons if you like and get very nice
performance with not much investment. Specialty planes
like shoulder planes are something you learn about as you
learn the craft.

Good sharpening stones are a worthwhile investment. I
use waterstones but the new diamond and ceramic stones
may be just as fast and easier to maintain.

If you want edges than stay sharp as you work, avoid
the chrome vanadium chisels. The chrome vanadium is
easy to sharpen and resists rust but the edges don’t hold
up as well as high carbon (and the new steels used in
boutique chisels). Try to get at least one or two really
good chisels early on. A full set is not needed, but when
you get used to good chisels, you can really tell the
difference in how well they cut and for how long
between sharpenings.

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