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marcb

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#1 posted 05-19-2009 04:23 PM

I’m with Kiwi, planes are neat, and I love them but you get far more use out of chisels and hand saws.

Good rip and cross cut back saws make hand cutting dove tails, and tenons enjoyable.

Chisels are a must to clean up those joints, A decent shoulder plane would be good if you do a lot of tenons.

If I had to start over I would get a nice dovetail saw, a nice small (12 Inch max) cross cut back saw then all the chisels I could find. Standard bench style, the tougher square style and several mortise (1/8, 1/4, 3/8)

Card scrapers fall in there somewhere, but any of those will do no need to be really picky.

I’ve also found my recently picked up scrub and spoke shave to be extremely useful. They’re the type of tools that you don’t know what you would do with them until you have them. Like a bandsaw what I actually do with them is very different from what I saw myself needing it for.

Then get a jointer plane, a No 3 or 4 smoother and a low angle block, a 60 1/2 is a great small block.


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