|Forum topic by HamS||posted 11-30-2011 02:06 AM||1378 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
11-30-2011 02:06 AM
I have decided that as I ‘mature’ I really would like to expand my repetoire of wood working skills. I have the knowledge of how to do things by hand, but not the experience, practice or quality tools. I am trying to decide which order I should upgrade my tools and decided that this forum might bring out an interesting discussion.
I have three chisels, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4. the 1/4 and 3/4 are Sandvik that I bought in Germany in the ‘80s. The 1/2 is a unbranded one I bought in Berlin in 1975. I have a holzhoebel which is a smoothing plane and it is the hammer adjusted kind. My german tools all came from their equivalent of a big box store. They cut well, but are do not hold their edges as long as I would like. I also have a Stanley block plane I bought on Ebay and a cheap back saw. I will inherit someday, hopefully not soon, my granddad’s Diston panel saws that he inherited from his father. Dad has them now and I am not at all interested in speeding the inheritance process up. Grandpa was a sawyer and there were some interesting things in his shop.
I want to begin cutting joints by hand rather than with the router and table saw and start working without the scream of the machines. I am not ready to give up the speed of the jointer and thickness planer, but perhaps my waistline would benefit if I did.
I am inclined to think that the first thing I need to get (or make) is a decent marking gauge and to upgrade my saw to a good tenon saw filed rip. After the saw, to upgrade the chisels.
The questions I have are: is a $150 tenon saw really going to cut better, quicker,truer than a $35 saw?
Are the multi filed saws worth anything (crosscut and rip on the same blade).
Would it be better to perfect the skills with the tools I have now, or will their limitations frustrate the learning process?
I am eagerly anticipating a discussion.
-- Haming it up in the 'bash.