|Forum topic by Texchappy||posted 07-05-2013 12:27 AM||1651 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
07-05-2013 12:27 AM
A little background. I have a gift of $1000 dollars that I can spend on woodworking tools and had asked on another woodworking forum for advice on how to spend it. One of the responses suggested that I should save it and just keep building things until I ‘knew’ what I wanted. I know there is merit to that but it lead me to the question above.
I certainly can save the money and wait to spend it (even though I do admit to being like a kid in a candy store). There are things that I think I’m well equipped with like saws and bench planes (even though some part of me is curious to use a good metal plane besides the 3 wooden english pattern planes I currently have).
Then there are things that I’m less sure about – like chisels. I know Chris Schwarz says you can get by with 1/4” and 3/4” (which is what I have).
My main goal now was to get the tools that are demonstrated in the video for the project I’m doing now – the Shaker Table that Schwarz does. When I survey the tools that I don’t have that are used in the video, here’s what I come up with:
Shoulder Plane for adjusting tenons for the apron to leg connection
Of those, I could use a chisel to pare the tenon shoulders and cheeks reducing the need for the Shoulder and the Router. I can certainly do dovetails without the ‘140’ trick so I could do without the skew block plane. I could saw and chisel out the grooves for the drawer bottoms. I could also level the bottom of them (or if patient completely cut) with the Router plane instead of the plough.
So I could do without all of those things. The question is: would I want to? What would I learn from not using those tools if I could acquire them?
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