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New Hand Tools: Happy Holidays to Mecomments (11) November 30th, 2009 in blogs
One of the great things about being a new Associate Editor for Fine Woodworking is I get to draw on the talent and experience of the many fine furniture makers that work here. Based on their input and willingness to let me try their expensive saws, planes, and chisels, I’ve been gradually tooling up with hand tools. I was pretty well equipped in my former life as a carpenter, but I’m definitely catching up when it comes to fine woodworking. To date, I’ve spent about $567, which doesn’t include any planes or bench chisels. Chisels are my next big purchase.
In addition to the tools shown, I bought four other big-ticket items, including a pair of Japanese dovetail chisels, a Veritas honing guide, and a Norton water stone. The breakdown is as follows:
16-pocket Tool Bag $21.50
16’ Flat Back Tape $8.95
X-acto Knife $6.99
3-piece Scraper Set $15.99
Coping Saw $15.50
Coutersink Set $19.99
Lie-Nielsen Dovetail saw $129.99
Mk II Honing Guide $62.50
Wheel Marking Gauge $28.50
4000/8000 Water Stone $79.00
4” Double Square $36.50
6” Rule $9.50
1/4” Dovetail Chisel $64.00
1/2” Dovetail Chisel $68.00
Of course, my new tools are just a start, so if you have any tool suggestions for somebody who’s just getting into hand tools, I’d love to hear them.
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