|Forum topic by helluvawreck||posted 10-29-2010 06:30 PM||3521 views||5 times favorited||17 replies|
10-29-2010 06:30 PM
WoodmanWoodworker asked me about a beginning set of blacksmith tools and I thought that he was asking me about what would be a good set of woodworking tools. I sent him a list of what I think would be a good basic starting set of tools for someone that is just starting out and wants to concentrate on their hand tool skills. I’m certainly not an expert but I thought that it would make a good post that might help someone who either has or will have the same question. I thought that you Lumberjocks could add to the list or just state why something shouldn’t be on the list. Here is the list that I sent to WW:
WW is interesting in making many of his own tools and I think that is a wonderful pursuit.
Without thinking exhaustively about this, the following list would be what I would work towards having as a good starting set of tools. There is no doubt that I have forgotten something. Also no two people will have the same opinion on this subject. I will say this, you can do a whole lot worse than setting your mind on learning how to use the tools on this list well before acquiring any others.
The following can be your first projects:
vice – you can build this if you have a couple of steel shafts and an acme screw and nut see McMaster Carr supply
3 pc set – nail sets
Bevel edge wood chisels
1/4 inch mortise chisel
hand crosscut saw
6 inch try square
scratch awl – can possibly make
draw knife – add a curved draw knife when you can
choice of sharpening tools:
9 in half round bastard file
Files are useful add to these when you can. If you want to do this right you will need to have the files that you need to sharpen your saws. You can make a saw vice that works with your cabinet vice. You will also need a saw set. You can start out by paying someone to sharpen them when needed.
1 set screwdrivers
You can never have enough clamps but you can start out with the simple bar clamps that go on pipe and just invest in a collection of pipes. They also make some fittings for making clamps out of wood using either holes or notches in the wood.
I hope this helps
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