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Forum topic by BerBer5985 posted 12-24-2011 04:54 AM 1157 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BerBer5985

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12-24-2011 04:54 AM

Ive decided that it’s about time to start building my new workbench and I’m in the planning stages now, but the more I look at it, I’m thinking I’m going to need a few more hand tools to make this bench build go a little smoother. I’m going to pick up a large shoulder plane from LV and an apron plane just because, then I have the veritas dovetail saws but I’m def going to need some other hand saws. I’ve looked at wenzloff, and bad axe and they are both nice. I’m thinking that the 16” “jack saw” would be a good lifetime saw to own in a hybrid cut. That way it should be large enough to do the tenons in the bench and a variety of other tasks. At $200 a piece I want to make sure to maximize my spending and that seems like it would be a solid purchase. Are there any other recommendations for hand tools to purchase other than the run of the mill bench planes that I have and the bit and brace that I have?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com


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#1 posted 12-24-2011 04:56 AM

Do you have a good morticing gauge?

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 05:03 AM

A good set of chisels. Any number of choices, but a four piece set with steel that holds a good edge will serve you well while building a bench. And beyond.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 05:08 AM

I have the veritas wheel marking gauge with the mortise head if that’s what you mean. I also purchase a new set of Stanley chisels, a 7 set with leather tool roll which are leaps and bounds better than the craftsman set I was using before. So that’s taken care of. I’m thinking a good set of mortise chisels or 1 or 2 good mortise chisels.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 06:25 AM

I love my Badaxe saws, but I’d check on the lead time on an order if you’re waiting on the saw to start building. His reconditioned saws are also great and without the wait. For a workbench I think you’d be fine with 1 good mortise chisel, I’m partial to Ray Iles if buying new.

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BerBer5985

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 05:32 PM

Well I still have a fair amount of planning, wood gathering, tool acquiring, and vice selections to go but they do have a long back log. Ive heard good things about the wenzloff saws too.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#6 posted 12-24-2011 05:44 PM

I’m sure I’ll get some better ideas for sizes of mortise of tenon joints by reading Chris schwartzs book, but just out of curiosity, if the legs are going to be somewhere around 5”x5” and the stretchers will be probably 2×6’s. How large should the tenon and mortise be?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 07:12 PM

From the badaxe site's article on cutting the joints

Plan on a big saw if you bench top is thick.

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#8 posted 12-24-2011 08:20 PM

How about a sorby mortise chisel they make large sizes. That beast master is calling my name! I’ve been eyeing that saw but it’s almost $300. I just wonder if that might be overkill? Will I use it for anything else?

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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