|Forum topic by Millo||posted 10-27-2010 08:21 AM||868 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
10-27-2010 08:21 AM
Let me preface this post with a warning: this is maybe an all-too-general “what tool should I buy” type of post, and not the first of its kind I write. This time around I’ll try to get moving and actually FOLLOW your advice, LOL!
In January I will start using the woodshop at a local community college. After taking two introductory courses you’re allowed to take a “course” for credit which is essentially getting some shop time for your own projects, with a teacher somewhat handy for short moments of guidance. They got all sorts of power tools… a sawstop, other Powermatic and Unisaw cabinet saws, routers/tables, shapers, miter saws, ras, about 6 bandsaws, a TimeSaver quite a few power tools, 4-5 jointers of various sizes, 2 large Grizzly ( I think) planers, a smaller Dewalt planer, biscuit/plate jointers, tons of sanders and nail guns, power drills, plate jointers, etc…. some chisels, planes and two block planes, LOL! So, maybe what I need for the moment is simply layout tools and continue slowly building my hand-tool collection.
First, what I’d be building then:
I also plan to take boards over there to square, etc. then bring home and practice some hand-cut joinery, etc. take them back to school for assembly, sanding, yadda yadda yadda… (we can use their nails, screws, glue, clamps, etc. not their wood/sheet goods supplies, of course).
I have a Stanley #5 and #7 that seem to be in OK condition, just waiting for the irons to be honed (which I haven’t done and don’t know when I’ll get around to doing it), etc. Got some necessary waterstones (no bases or buckets for storing), but no truing stones. Got a Stanley block plane that after spending 5 hours on it was STILL NOT FLAT and at this point I have just about given up. Got some Marples chisels that I have gotten to sharpen successfully w/ sandpaper but have not used in a while. I do plan to get a rip dozuki or dovetail saw after my Crown saw fiasco, etc.
So, here’s what I’ve been thinking of getting soon—you can let me know your opinion on whether these items might be necessary or not. (WARNING: I GOT A RIDICULOUSLY LOW BUDGET):
-6” ‘double square, by Lee Valley, Woodcraft or Igaging from Eagle… I have a 12” Empire that seems square (at least it was when I asked someone to check t for me). Reason for the 6”? I can carry it on a belt , pocket, etc. while working… the 12” gets a bit awkward and I have not found a cheap 6” (like the Empire I got) that’s accurate. these seem to go for ~$40…the Starret is ~$70-80, I think.
Hmm, there’s a Woodcraft sale coming up this weekend…
So, what do you think? What would you do? What tools would you get now? Which would you save for alter? Or should I just save my little dough and get wood and plywood?