|Forum topic by RGtools||posted 05-26-2011 06:16 PM||2616 views||0 times favorited||55 replies|
05-26-2011 06:16 PM
I am like most woodworkers. I like saving money when I can. I restore and often build my own tools because I enjoy it and it let’s me spend more on material. All too often though it’s easy to cut a corner on a very important tool, so I wanted to share three tools that I think are worth buying top of the line.
The Tite-Mark especially proved to me that good tools do what they were intended to do but great tools can be pressed to do more. I often find myself using it as a small router plane or a waste nibbler on joints when no other tool would come close to doing the job well.
The Starrett only took a day in my shop to explain why I had so many issues with projects before I had it. Having a flat and truly square reference surface in hand is worth it’s weight in gold. If my shop were to burn down today this would be the first tool I would replace.
And lastly. The blade by David Finck. I could have saved some money and bought a Hock, or used a block plane blade or any number of other things. If I had done that I would not know the joy of using a cryogenically treated piece of A2 tool steel to slice hard wood into cotton for days without having to re-sharpen. With these blades I can make a top of the line plane for about $80 when I include the wood, THAT is a sound investment.
So my question is this. What tools have you broken down to shell out more cash than you thought reasonable only to wonder “why the hell didn’t I do this sooner”?
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan