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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-08-2012 07:39 PM 894 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Texchappy

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05-08-2012 07:39 PM

Gotta lotta room left in my essentials tool list – even the Anarchist variety. Like his view of buying artisan made tools of people who love the craft – though I’ll add Japanese craftsman to my list.

So what should I get next?

Here’s what I have:
1. Small Japanese Ryoba that I got as a ‘versatile’ saw for dovetails and small ripping and cross cuts.
2. 6mm Chisel (Japanese)
3. 375g Steel Daruma Hammer
4. 1000 and 6000 grit water stones
5. Small try square
6. A 6in and 12 inch steel rule
7. 12” Bridge City high vis rule (on the way)
8. Bridge City universal square (on the way)
9. Exacto knife (a good marking knife is definitely on my list)
10. Lie Nielsen dovetail marking guide (on backorder)

Right now I’m building small boxes for projects so I could (and plan to) do with what I have. But I want to start slowly adding ‘essential tools’. I’ve been eyeing a bad axe saw to compare with the ryoba but that’s obviously not a must. I’m dizzy from the options in planes and right now I’m buying (or planning to buy) milled lumber. As I mentioned, a good marking knife. Don’t have dividers.

TIA,
Tony

-- Wood is not velveeta


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lysdexic

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 08:01 PM

Consider a small block plane. That will help you sneak up on a perfect fit for those small boxes.

-- I love Jeeps

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 08:17 PM

I’ve been sneaking up on perfect for over 40 years and still ain’t caught that bugger. Block plane on the list. Any suggestions on what kind (low-angle or not, brand?)

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 08:25 PM

I like having both low angle and regular.
But, if I had to settle for only one I’d go low angle.

Is a bench in your scope yet?

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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Texchappy

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 08:44 PM

I’d like to wait till after my last Army move to get a bench – less weight, not chance of goons breaking it, and I don’t have room for one in my 130 year old house. It will move to the front of the list when we move (I hope).

-- Wood is not velveeta

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 09:26 PM

The advice that I received when I was first getting into planes was the best first block plane is a low angle with an adjustable mouth. Look at Veritas or Lie Nielsen. Many here will encourage you to try a vintage Stanley plane which fine and cheaper if you are into learning how to shop, restore, and fettle vintage tools.

-- I love Jeeps

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 09:40 PM

You could stick with Bridge City for their CT17, it is discontinued but still on their site if you can get one.

It lists for 995 though… cough cough

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 09:40 PM

My favorite block is a Sargent 5206, but I’d look for almost any low angle with an adjustable mouth. I have a stanley 60 1/2, I want a 65, and I love my #18 (which is not a low angle). Go vintage or go Veritas or LN as Scott recommended.

Also look at a couple card scrapers to cut down on your sanding. After those a #3 or 4 size plane (you could make one, along with a scraper plane (again, possible to make one) or buy one fairly reasonable.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Texchappy

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 09:57 PM

LN is probably what I’ll go with. Flirted with getting Japanese planes but I’m jut not sure. How about the hock mini-knenov block plane kit?

-- Wood is not velveeta

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Don W

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 10:04 PM

My 2 cents:

It depends on 2 things, if you have ever used a hand plane and your patients level. Hand planes have a little bit of a learning curve, and wooden krenov style are a little harder because of the way you adjust the blade.

If your new to hand planes, and this is your first, get something with a blade adjuster on it. Then go to mthe krenov style.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Texchappy

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#10 posted 05-09-2012 01:23 PM

Ok, so I’m thinking LN adjustable mouth low angle block plane. Think a nice set of dividers should be high on the list as well.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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