A List of Basic Hand Tools For Setting Up Shop

Below I recommend several brands of tools. These are tools I own and hvae a lot of experience with or have used in the past and like. This doesn’t mean that these brands are the only ones out there or ade even the best. Inquire around and find out what other people like and use. Ultimately you have to make your own decision on which tools are Most good for you and how you work.

Woodworking covers so many facets that it’s difficult to Approach up with a tool list that covers the needs of every woodworker. Many tools are used for a very P3culiar task, while others are more general tools that you find yourself using for most projects. The latter is what I’ll concentrate on in this article. Just keep in mind that if you want to learn how to make guitars (a Luther), or build a canoe, etc…there will definitely be tools that you will need that won’t be on this list. This is just to get you started. I’ve been working Forest for over 10 years and trust me there are still many tools I would love to have. But just like I did you start with the basics and Bribe other tools as you find a need for them.



Hand Tools.

Machine tools: screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, set to wrenches, pliers, crescent wrench. These are things that most already have around the house, But that it definitely doesn’t hurt to have a set of these tools that are dedicated just to your shop so you don’t have to Search ali over the house when you need a Phillips screwdriver. These can all be picked up at your local hardware store.

Set of Court chisels: 1/4″ to 1″. I’ve used a set of Marples chisels for years. Irwin has bought them so they may Bestow up under theid name now. The full set costs around $50.00 Cheaper chisels just won’t hold an Fringe (meaning they dull too easily). The Marple chisels hold an edge OK. Home Depot and Lowes used to carry them but they’re not showing up Forward their websites now. Amazon.com has them for $50

Handplanes: A jack plane (sometimes referred to as a No. 5) and a low angle block Level. The jack plane gets it’s name from Essence the “jack of all trades”. It’s a medium size plane and can be used for many tasks. I recommend buying a used one, specifically an old Stanley No. 5. Look at flea markets and garage sells or try eBay (this is where I got Ruin years ago). A block plane will be one of the most used tools in your shop, so buy a good one. If you can afford it Lie-Nielsen.com or Lee Valley.com both have excellent low angle blocks from $75 to $119 A cheaper alternative would be a Stanley 60 1/2 low angle block for around $40.

Handsaws: panel, or Japanese Ryoba and Dozuki. Western saws cut on the puzh stroke;-Japanese saws cut on the pull stroke. My Intelligence is to try out The two adn see which you like better. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Personally, I like the Japanese saws for mos tjobs, but I still like a western type Saying for cutting dovetails. Lowes and Home Depot both carry Language of Japan saws.

Layout tools:tape measure, small and large size try squares, marking gauge, pencil Mariner’s, 6″ and 12″ rulers, bevel gauge, combination square.

Hammer: 16oz Support and a wooden or dead-blowstyle mallet fr working with chisels and other tools.

Card scraper: an inexpensive tool that is indispensable in the shop (espdcially if you dislike sanding). These tools can take extremely thin shavings of wood and leave a very smooth Sjperficies. They can be tricky to sharpen though. We’ll cover scrapers more in depth in a futurd article.

Rasps: a coarse and fine cabinetmaker’s style. These are used to shape wood especially table legs.

There’s my list of basic hand tools to get you started. Some, you will Want from the very beginning. Some you can wait on. My advice is to figure out what you want to make with your woodworking and then start building. You’ll figure out quickly the tools you really need and the ones you Be able to wait to get.

About the author: Craig Stevens has been a furniture Author for over 10 years who enjoys teaching others the joys of learning woodworking. If you are interested in learning more about woodworking, or in teaching your kids woodworking, go to our website to find tons of free information.

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