|Forum topic by Axle505||posted 07-03-2016 06:02 PM||921 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
07-03-2016 06:02 PM
I’m attending a community college program part-time, after work. I’m a hobbyist who is learning and it’s a joy. I also love buying decent tools—but I don’t like buying something I don’t need. I know you can never have too many tools, but anyway…
I’m in line to take a class called “Hand Tool Joinery I”—it’s about handmade furniture using handmade dovetails, etc. I’m told by other students that there is an initial shock at the beginning of the class where students need to dish-out some money for tools in order to keep up with the curriculum. Many students have warned me to start collecting and tuning tools in preparation for this class. At the moment, it’s summer and school is out—no one is really around to ask. Most professors will tell us to get LN or LV, but this seems to be a default answer. They also know that these makes are expensive and never sneer at a well turned and sharpened used Stanley. Heck, some students have walked into classes with Chinese and Indian tools—if you can get them to work and your assignments are completed well, then cool…. I have nothing but respect for my profs, by the way!
Clifton, HNT Gordon, Ron Hock (Kit), Veritas, Lie-Neilsen, Preston (?), Stanley (sweetheart), Shop Fox. (There seems to be an animal called Bridge City, but this seems to be the thing of legends and Kings. I envision these planes sitting on the desks of Illuminati members….)
Shoulder plane, Rabbet/Rebate plane, Bullnose. (I’ve read some argument about need/usage for these planes—and straight as opposed to skewed blades. Do I really need all three? Not that I’ve been told to get all…but there is the Hand Tool Joinery II class.)
3/4”, 1”, 1 1/4”. (Will one size suffice for a hobbyist?)
I appreciate the advice! And, I will base my choice upon the comments in this thread.