Beginner's Tool Kit

Back in December of 2012, I made a few posts about what tools I think someone who wants to start woodworking with hand tools should buy first.  Since then, I have been trying to focus generally using these tools, and find that this list is even better than I thought it was when I wrote it.
Here is a fun puzzle I made with the tools in my Beginner's Tool Kit.
Yes, I often will pull out other tools to use when I think I need them, but my woodworking choices now go along the lines of, "can I do this procedure with one of my basic tools?"  If I can, I use that tool first.  I have found that most often, I need not pull out any other.


If you would like to read any or all of these posts, here are the links:

  1. Introduction
  2. Sharpening
  3. Jack plane
  4. Handsaws
  5. Chisels
  6. Marking and measuring
  7. Conclusion
I have found that when I use the limited number of tools in this kit, there is a pleasant side effect:  now I really know these tools, and I can get more out of them than I ever could before.  I touch on this on a post where I revisit the jack plane I use:  my Veritas bevel up jack plane.  

Essentially, this list of tools is for you if you are planning on buying a $400 shoulder plane as your first hand tool.  The tools on this list are necessary for performing fundamental skills in woodworking.  That is what you really need.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting up all the related articles into a single page for easy reference. This is a good read, especially for beginners who wants to start with woodworking but never knew where to start!

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