gathering opinions on the topic discussed
|Adam Clapton||01/02/2019 08:56:57|
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Edited By Derek Lane on 01/02/2019 13:48:45
|Brian Barber||03/02/2019 18:41:58|
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Well I was a beginner many years ago and it does take a long time to get to know what you need, I tend to buy anything and every that I fancy. Being serious the main thing is to become proficient in using and sharpening hand tools. The main tools you will need are good quality hand planes ( ideally Lie Nielsen or Clifton) and a good set of chisels ( Lie Nielsen are about the best you can get, although very expensive) and some hand saws. Yes power tools are very important, in order of preference I would suggest, Impact drill driver, Band Saw, Router, Table Saw, then Morticing machine.
At the cheaper end of the market you will of course need a variety of tools such as rulers, squares gauges etc.
Hope this helps
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Hi Adam and welcome to the forum - I echo Brian but will also say that you don't need any power tools if you want to be a hand tool only woodworker, it all depends on your enjoyment level. Probably my most used power tool is the bandsaw, I don't own any Lie Nielson planes or chisels but I do have a number of old Stanley planes from No4 to No6 as well as shoulder planes and rebate planes. All of these are second hand but work extremely well, the same for my chisels. The other very important thing is your sharpening system, using sharp tools is so important. I have some very cheap chisels (costing about £1:50 each) but they have a keen edge and work beautifully although the backs did take a bit of flattening. I think you should decide which area of woodworking you want to get into and choose the tools carefully and if you need a special tool for a purpose then get it. Have a look at Paul Sellers website and YouTube channel you will find a wealth of good information on here https://paulsellers.com/ Hope this helps -- Julian
|11 forum posts||Hi Adam. Unable to decide if you are UK or USA based. Anyway, tools are very much of a muchness, the quality is consistent across continents. |
Your question is do you need power tools? Well, I'd say not really but some power tools do make repetitious jobs much easier.
I'm sure you have some ideas on what tools you need to start with but my suggestions are as follows, firstly what to buy new ?
Hand tools, 20/22 inch saw, 10TPI (a.k.a 2nd fix),
Hammer, 12 or 16 oz claw,
Square, - a Combination Square is a good start - buy the best you can afford,
Drill 'index' (a set of twist drills) 1/16" to 3/8" (1.5-10mm).
Screwdrivers, 8"'x 5/16", & No 2 Posidrive (or Phillips) (best the very best you can afford to ensure it will last a long time.
Honing Guide and Sharpening stone initially 300 or 400 grit.
Buy second hand - try garage sales or Car boots markets,
Hand plane - 'Bailey No4 or No5' almost any make earlier than 1980?s. Don't worry about the state of the 'Iron' new ones are easily available - best are Lei Neilson...
Chisels ? 1/2'', 3/4'' and 1'' - anything from Stanley, Marples or Footprint makes.
Hand Drill - 1/16 to 3/8
Jennings pattern 'Bits' (wood twist drills) 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" initially.
'Workmate' - with a suitable height saw horse and length of kitchen worktop will make a useable bench to start with.
Cramps - 'G' (or 'C') clamps, Sash Cramps, a pair of 48" or 50" will start you off. As many Squeezy clamps as you can find/afford.
Lastly a new tool - a rechargeable 1/2" drill/driver, you have 3 choices/decisions; battery voltage, and is the battery common across a range of power tools.
Once you are used to those tools you should then start to widen your selection.
Edited By Wilf.T on 16/02/2019 21:25:21
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