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LucasWoods

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10-04-2014 09:06 PM

I am looking to get into woodworking and don’t have a very large budget. So I was thinking about starting out with just hand tools to do the jobs. My question is what are some tools that I absolutely will need to complete the projects I want to? Thank you all for your inputs!

I do have a circular saw, and a 12V drill (will upgrade to a corded drill). I also have a 1 1/2 car garage to work out of.

The projects I want to do at the beginning would be to build a workbench, coffee tables, end tables, and shelves.

-- Colorado Springs, CO


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JADobson

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#1 posted 10-04-2014 09:26 PM

Ok, here is what I’ve done as I was in a very similar position to you. I watch kijiji (or craigslist, whichever is more popular in your area) for good buys. I spent $40 on a delta shipmaster table saw. It works fine as long as you always make sure that you are dialled in and never trust the fence. I also bought as many clamps as I could find used and have done fairly well. I have a 5 1/2 C plane that I got for $25 and put some work into to make it a good user. I’m still looking for a good block plane. So far I’ve bought a lathe, a back saw, 12 clamps or so, drill press, and a table saw used.
New I bought a set of Narex chisels. Can’t beat the value there. I also got a Pax crosscut panel saw for Christmas from my wife. I bought the economy turning tools from Lee Valley. I also got all my marking tools new: 12 combo square, bevel gauge and a marking knife.

Also remember that you need something to hold your work.

To be honest if you are going new with everything hand tooling everything isn’t that much cheaper than getting power tools.

I just finished an end table and I used these tools:
12” combo square
marking knife
panel saw
back saw
1/4” Chisel
3/8” Chisel
1” Chisel
Table Saw
Drill Press
Clamps
5 1/2 C plane
borrow block plane

I guess that is the minimum you need for that project. Coffee Table would likely be the same and I imagine you could do a workbench with the same tools.

-- James

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LucasWoods

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 09:39 PM

Thank you for the ideas. I see you mentioned a table saw, is there any way to substitute a table saw with a hand tool of some sort?

I have searched craigslist for table saws, etc. and most of those tools are going for $100-$200. Which is a bit much for me to spend on one tool ATT.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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Don W

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#3 posted 10-04-2014 09:49 PM



Thank you for the ideas. I see you mentioned a table saw, is there any way to substitute a table saw with a hand tool of some sort?

I have searched craigslist for table saws, etc. and most of those tools are going for $100-$200. Which is a bit much for me to spend on one tool ATT.

- Spazy

A set of good hand saws would certainly work, but unless you’re willing to find vintage saw and learn to restore and sharpen them (which I think you should anyhow) you’ll have almost as much invested.

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

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LucasWoods

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#4 posted 10-04-2014 09:59 PM

I don’t mind finding some vintage handsaws and learning to restore them if I means I can save $$ and learn a lot in the process.

Aren’t there people on this forum who are dedicated to hand tools only for their projects?

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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richardwootton

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#5 posted 10-04-2014 10:00 PM

I do my rip and crosscuts with handsaws. The only time I’ve found it to be much of a pain would be with a really long rip cut.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Don W

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#6 posted 10-04-2014 10:02 PM



I don t mind finding some vintage handsaws and learning to restore them if I means I can save $$ and learn a lot in the process.

Aren t there people on this forum who are dedicated to hand tools only for their projects?

- Spazy

there sure are.
For hand saw guys see http://lumberjocks.com/topics/27984
And hand planes see http://lumberjocks.com/topics/26023

And there are many more.

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

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12strings

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#7 posted 10-04-2014 10:08 PM

If you are going for dirt cheapest possible, here’s what I’ve had success with:

Stanley sharptooth fine finish hand saw – $20
Stanley yellow plastic miter box with back saw -$10
Harbor freight 4 piece chisel set – $10. (yellow handles…the wooden handles ones have completely different steel and are crap)
Block plane…old one will probably be better than any cheap new one.
Harbor freight 4-sided diamond home block – $15. (only goes up to 600 grit, but I used it exclusively for 2 years and took nice walnut endgrain shavings with a plain OLD STANLEY plane after sharpening with it.
Speed square ($5). This is the cheapest square you can get that is actually square…no moving parts.
For non-nice furniture, get a less expensive version of the Kreg pocket hole jig.
Harbor freight has a marking guage that works ok if you sharpen the scratching pin.
A level/straightedge is always helpful.

that’s all for this round…

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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dlgWoodWork

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#8 posted 10-04-2014 10:36 PM

You could build a suitable workbench with the tools you have. Use the circular saw to cut some 2×4s to length, and use that same saw to cut a couple pieces of 3/4” plywood for the top. Use the drill to screw it all together. I built my first workbench with basically the same setup. I used a miter saw for the 2×4s, but that is because I found the miter saw locally for $30 used. But I could have done it with a circular saw. A $5 speed square makes a good good straight cut with a circular saw easy.

I would try to acquire tools as the project demands. Most of us spend time (over eight years for me) building up our shop.

-- Check out my projects and videos http://dlgwoodwork.com

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mudflap4869

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#9 posted 10-04-2014 11:22 PM

Welcome to the gang.
A good straight edge is a must if you want your work to be accurate. Clamp it to your work piece as a guide for the circle saw to make accurate cuts. The first rule in any shop is that you can never have too many clamps of any description. No matter what the project, you will need a few more clamps than you own at the time. Learn to make your own and they will be even more valuable to you. And giving a hand made clamp to a friend is a great present. Always go to the back room of the junk stores, that is where the old tools are kept and you will find bargains.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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LucasWoods

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#10 posted 10-04-2014 11:55 PM

hand saws 30.00 $30
http://norfolk.craigslist.org/tls/4685961050.html

Would these be a good deal for me to pick up? And restore?

I don’t know if these saws would be good for woodworking or not.

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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Don W

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#11 posted 10-05-2014 12:03 AM

the one in the upper right is a Disston thumbhole. That one is worth the $30. There are a few others maybe’s in there as well.

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

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LucasWoods

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#12 posted 10-05-2014 12:06 AM

Awesome thank you

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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Don W

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#13 posted 10-05-2014 12:08 AM

Andy has some great restoration blogs for saws and one of the best video’s you’ll find for sharpening.

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

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LucasWoods

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#14 posted 10-05-2014 12:15 AM

Ok thank you I will check it out! What is the Dustin thumb hole worth restored? It will be easier to pitch to my wife if I tell her one of the saws will be worth $40 refinished lol

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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Dallas

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#15 posted 10-05-2014 12:17 AM

When I first started working with wood my tools consisted of a pocket knife and a piece of used sand paper my dad took off his block sander.

Once in awhile I could grab an old steak knife to use as a saw until I got caught.

Who was more deprived than me?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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