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natew

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643 days ago

i’m just starting out traditional furniture making and i need a list of hand tools i will need and company’s that make them, thanks.


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paratrooper34

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#1 posted 640 days ago

natew, there are lots of resources out there for beginners. A list of tools depends on the type of furniture you want to embark upon. There are several tools you can get which you would need for almost any type of projects you are looking at, some are more specialized. My suggestion would be to start reading some books to determine what you are building and what tools you need to build them. Companies that make tools are lengthy. There may be factors that determine where you start to look. Your wallet, your shop, your level of talent will all need to be assessed before you start looking (especially your wallet, you can spend lots and lots of money quickly).

Reading is your best first step in my opinion. Good Luck.

-- Mike

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 640 days ago

Consider The Anarchist’s Toolchest by C. Schwarz, Lost Art Press. It’s got a viewpoint that effects the oberall tone of the book that some are turned off by, but he has a tool list and a supplemental video of vendors, too.

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

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Swyftfeet

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#3 posted 640 days ago

Traditional can mean almost anything… I would suggest that you start with a simpler style of furniture that speaks to you. That way you can hone your skills with the fewest tools required. Craftsman did it it for me, and alot of square edges makes for not needing a lathe.

I know I’m gonna get jumped on here, but if you have no local tutor it’s going to take you a lot longer(read making more scrap than projects) to get the hang of how to tune up a hand plane much less true up a board with a set of bench planes. I suggest joining a local guild/community.

As stated above, Schwartz at lost art press is a hand tool afiacondo that I find is a good read but some don’t like his style.

-- Brian

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nwbusa

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#4 posted 640 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/42116

You asked this before, did you read the replies to your previous post?

-- John, BC, Canada

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HorizontalMike

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#5 posted 640 days ago

I’m a as confused as you appear, John. If Nate has been taking classes in woodworking, he should ALREADY have an entry level handle on what his needs are, IMO. Two nearly identical posts in his 4-day LJs “History” sounds like a fishing expedition that might soon turn into an advertisement for “X-Brand” WW-ing tools. I just find it difficult to believe that someone actively working in the field in a trade school would not have SOME idea of what is needed.

Call me out on this if I am wrong, however I am very skeptical at the moment.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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