|Forum topic by nerdbot||posted 11-20-2015 08:06 PM||1251 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
11-20-2015 08:06 PM
With the small and random stock available during the upcoming Lee Valley Cyber Monday sale, I wanted to do a bit of research ahead of time so I could have a couple items in mind to when the sale goes live. Not to mention I have a couple LV gift cards to burn…
I do most of my work with power tools with final finessing done with a few of the hand tools I have. However, I am starting to get into more traditional joinery – currently mortise and tenons but eventually dovetails. Here’s what I currently have in the way of hand tools:
From Harbor Freight:
From a yard sale a couple years ago, I picked up and refurbed:
And from last year’s Lee Valley sale, I picked up the Bevel Up Smoother plane.
Update: I forgot to mention I have the MK II honing guide and 4 different grits of DMT stones (Coarse, Fine, Extra Fine, and Extra Extra fine)
I refurbed the Bailey/Stanley planes when I first got into woodworking, and they worked well enough, but I didn’t know just how well they were supposed to work until I got the LV plane last year. So, nowadays, I use the LV plane for just about any planing work and the block plane for rougher things like chamfers and removing dried up glue.
On my to-build-list for next year is a better bench for hand tool work. All my workbenches right now are plastic fold up style benches with not a lot of weight to them, so they wobble quite a bit when I do even a little bit of planing. I also don’t have any vices of any kind yet. I’ve made do with creative use of wooden handscrew clamps and my other clamps.
I’m most likely going to get the cabinet scraper. Then depending on what’s available during the sale, maybe some mortising chisels or a router plane. I was thinking of a shoulder plane for cleaning up my tenons, but I saw a few articles saying they’re a bit overrated. I think a better handsaw would be good, but without a good work bench to hold material, I’m not really sure how useful it will be until I build the bench. Can you guys suggest anything else I might want to keep an eye out for? Thanks!