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Forum topic by Blakep posted 11-02-2010 04:21 AM 1920 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Blakep

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11-02-2010 04:21 AM

I think we all always want and can use more power tools and I definitely could but I think I have plenty of power tools to do the things I need. Where I am reallly short is hand tools. I don’t have much of a collection and haven’t used them a whole lot. We just had a recent post on here about the hand tools a begginer needs but I was wondering what are some different good brands of hand tools. I know Lie Nielsen but what are some of the others. Thanks ahead of time for all of the advice.


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hokieman

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#1 posted 11-02-2010 04:29 AM

Lie Nielsen is the best in my opinion. Veritas is also highly touted. They are both expensive but if you are getting something that can last a lifetime, these are the ticket.

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Blakep

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#2 posted 11-02-2010 04:37 AM

Thanks hokieman. Another question and it may be a dumb one but I don’t know as I am new to the hand tools. How do the hand saws work as far as getting dull and how do you go about sharpening them?

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#3 posted 11-02-2010 05:10 AM

Lie-Neilsen and Veritas for handplanes and chisels. Glen-Drake has some really nice small brass chisel hammers and marking tools. If you haven’t discovered this site already, take a look at TFFW. They carry a really nice selection of high quality manufacturers and this should give you a base line for prices and brands on the upper end.

I don’t know anything about sharpening hand saws, but if you buy Lie-Neilsen they offer an inexpensive sharpening service on their own products.

-- --Brian, Brooklyn, New York

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RalphBarker

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#4 posted 11-02-2010 05:20 PM

I’m also a fan of Lie Nielsen tools – both from a standpoint of quality and in terms of the company’s customer support policies. Some of the Veritas (Lee Valley) planes have a slightly more “evolved” design, but in general I prefer the look and feel of the Lie Nielsen planes.

As to sharpening saws, I’m of the opinion that there is a real art to doing it by hand. Irregularities in the sharpening and/or tooth setting can easily result in the saw not tracking properly for straight cuts. If/when my LN saws get dull, I plan on sending them to LN for sharpening.

I also agree that Tools For Working Wood carries well-made tools. And, if you’re into traditional Japanese woodworking tools, Japan Woodworker is also a good source. I’ve been using a (moderately-priced) set of their chisels that I bought back in the ‘70s. Sometimes, all I have to do is take the chisel out of the case, point it at the piece of wood, and the waste material runs off in fear. ;)

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Dan

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#5 posted 11-02-2010 07:08 PM

Another thing you may want to consider is how much you are going to use them and what for. I use hand tools all the time but its generally for smaller details and odds and end things. I have very few “new” hand tools. I have built up a small collection of used chisels and hand planes from various places. Before I started learning how to use the hand tools I learned how to restore and sharpen these old tools. It has paid off a TON. I have restored a handful of of good quality planes and probably saved hundreds by not buying brand new. Its a dirty job though :)

If your on a tight budget like me I would defiantly look into the older used tools. As for the brands, ehhh, lots of opinions but my opinion is as long as you have a nice sharp blade and take care of the tool it should do you just fine.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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RalphBarker

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#6 posted 11-02-2010 07:49 PM

You make a good point, Dan. There are plenty of bargains available on the used market – good tools that can be “rescued” from rusty oblivion, like a good pet at the shelter. It helps, of course, to know what one is looking for/at, and whether its condition is suitable for reconditioning. Another advantage is that one learns how to sharpen by practicing on a, let’s say, $5 tool, rather than a $100 one. ;-)

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TominTexas

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#7 posted 11-02-2010 08:24 PM

We are fortunate to be living in an age of small producers of quality hand tools. I suppose that the internet has assisted in the development and consequent marketing of these “cottage manufacturers”. A few have been mentioned and here are some others:

Blue Spruce Toolworks
Wenzloff and Sons (saws)
Bad Axe Saws

Tom

-- East Side of Big D

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Lochlainn1066

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#8 posted 11-02-2010 08:26 PM

I’m with Dan, too. I’m at the point where the tool is worth more to me if I put some time and loving care into it rather than just plunking down cash. Same thing with building tools. If I can do it myself, I prefer to.

Sometimes it seems like I’m building more tools than finishing projects! But that’s ok, too, I guess.

-- Nate, thegaragestudio.etsy.com

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