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Forum topic by jasonburr posted 01-25-2014 09:45 PM 621 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jasonburr

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01-25-2014 09:45 PM

I am in the process of expanding my tools and am looking for advice. I currently have $250 burning a hole in my pocket and would like to purchase a purely “want” tool. I have a Stanley 4,5,7, spokeshaves, drawknife, and block plane. I also have a veritas router plane, veritas carcass saws, combo plane, brace & bit, blue marples chisels, starrett combo square, marking knives, gauges, etc. I just ordered a LN dovetail saw, hock iron for the #4, and a coping saw but don’t have them yet. I also have a Shapton 1000 & 8000 and a dmt plate for flattening.

If you had $250, what would you buy? A few guidelines:

1. It has to be permanent. No lumber, glue, etc.
2. It has to be fun. No clamps. As much as I want a Shapton 3000, that does not make me tingle all over when I touch it.
3. New tools only

I am leaning towards a large LN shoulder plane. I don’t have a tool like it that can do what it can. I like the idea of not only buying something that I want, but also something I don’t have. And not just replacing a tool I have. Also thinking about a set of Pmv11 chisels from Veritas. I am open to other ideas. I am sure I have forgotten some other tools I currently have.


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Don W

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#1 posted 01-25-2014 11:12 PM

You can’t go wrong with the shoulder plane or a nice skewed rabbet block.

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

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cabmaker

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#2 posted 01-25-2014 11:15 PM

Looks like your interested primarily in hand tools?! If you get into many one of trick pieces you might consider an LN#161 , and you’ll have some change leftover. You won’t need it often but when you do, nothing else will do (except a Stanley 161)

JB ,thank me later

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 01-25-2014 11:20 PM

Japanese mortise chisels, in a heart beat.

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Don W

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 11:24 PM

What is a 161?

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

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cabmaker

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 11:25 PM

Sorry, a 66 , hey I’m coming up on another birthday (beader)

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Don W

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#6 posted 01-25-2014 11:29 PM

A #66 makes sense. I Googled the 161 and got a stubby screw driver. I have one so I assumed that wasn’t what you were going for.

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

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HarveyDunn

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#7 posted 01-25-2014 11:34 PM

I’d buy a few Pfeil woodcarving tools.

BTW: do you want the shoulder plane for cleaning up mortise and tenon components? Somewhere out there there is a video from Chris Schwarz about why he prefers a router plane for that task – because it has consistent depth of cut. Although you do need a set-up block to use it on the tenon, given that otherwise it would be unsupported on one side.

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DKV

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#8 posted 01-25-2014 11:43 PM

If you are not sure what you need (key word) put it away until you have a need. By then you will probably have even more to spend. I am not the type to buy just to be buying.

-- Have fun and laugh alot. Life can end at any moment. You old guys out there know what I mean...

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Kryptic

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#9 posted 01-26-2014 01:40 AM

a case of beer can open a gazillion possibilities

a trophy, is only that.

I tend to think they should be earned and anyone who wants to show off a trophy should rightly do so immediately.

Sweet, and not to be judgemental but your project page is as full as mine, … empty ?

Tools, the really nice ones, keep their value better, when the owner of them, has a history, where when steel, slides across wood, the project page sings : ) …. otherwise, they tend to to depreciate rapidly, which brings me back to, “the case of beer” and measured fun ?

That said, I suppose buying fine tools, will pay better dividends, then most banks pay, and in that event, I like the bronze accents, of a well made LN, they make a perfect “Book End”

: )

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lepelerin

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#10 posted 01-26-2014 01:52 AM

only you can answer your own question. What do you want. If you do not know it yet, maybe you should wait because it seems that you do not need it and or not want it at the moment. Put this money somewhere in oyur shop and when you really want something you will have it.
Actually you just want to spend your money on a tool but do not know what to get.
Do you really want it then?

I would go for nice dovetail chisels

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Kryptic

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#11 posted 01-26-2014 02:33 AM

Dovetailed chisels look nice banged into a board that holds up books

2nd vote in favour ?

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Kryptic

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#12 posted 01-26-2014 02:37 AM

money in the wallet

or trophy on the wall

?

perfect opportunity for a survey ?

do they still offer that service ?

can we add the “ case of beer option” ?

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Kryptic

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#13 posted 01-26-2014 02:39 AM

will the results of the survey, give you pause to change your mind ?

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Kryptic

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#14 posted 01-26-2014 02:41 AM

2 answers

did you get into the case of beer before you asked this question ?

are you spending your children’s educational fund and didn’t realize it ?

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#15 posted 01-26-2014 02:42 AM

like I said

I love nice “book ends”

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