I feel this is a good investment is that it can do the job that you might otherwise need a table saw for (rabbets, dadoes, and grooves) and will also deck out your trim with pretty detailing.
A coping saw and a jewelers saw negate the need for a jigsaw unless you are into making puzzles. Anyway, this is my two cents worth, and a little different view point from others expressed here. We’re hoping this helps move woodworkers forward in their basic knowledge and in setting up the right kind of shop. A logical next post would be to list the basic shop made tools, such as a shooting board and bench hook. I then modified the saw to improve its performance for cabinet quality work by putting a zero clearance baseplate (just a piece of 1/4″ plywood screwed to the base) this allows the saw to cut plywood panels without tearing up the edges. Better by far for long rips and it won’t try to amputate your fingers or spear you with flying projectiles. When the body adjusts to the energy and muscle required to use hand planes, happiness and progress is possible. I have a shop full of electric and traditional hand tools, only the smaller hand tools would make the list for this trip. You only have to deal with small chunks of wood getting into the pockets, which can be dealt with if you or your other half are crafty enough to sew some flaps. I just purchased my first major power tool and it was a 14″ bandsaw and not a tablesaw for space reasons as well as versatility. You will need to sharpen them (again not expensive – piece of plate glass and some sandpaper). Router bits- for the cost of two good ones, you can get a pack of decent ones that will get you rolling.
You can do quite a bit with surfaced lumber (and sheet goods) to start with, and the jointer especially tends to be big and heavy. I use my workmate pretty much only to gang cut dovetails on construction grade one-by lumber since building a bench from two reclaimed solid core doors. People don’t blame yourselves when you can’t make that damn tool work — chances are these guys are, at least, partly to blame. Our knowledge is expert, gained over decades of experience of handling these tools and working with them ourselves — making our living with them. Getting an old blade flat is a tough job, however once you get it flat then you’ve got a real tool for life but boy that’s an awful lot of real effort.
This surface is flat within a measured number of microns and has a warrantee signed by an inspector to prove it; we check all of our new tools on this surface. These blades have the bevel facing up and do not have a back iron which makes the planes more simple in construction. You need the bevel to go right down to the corner where the cut is made, you need the sight line. Don’t be too fussed we can show you how to sharpen this stuff fine it’s just that high carbon steel will turn a burr and hone that burr off with ease. Don’t buy them all at once, buy them as you need them, but in time seek to acquire a full set of bevel edge cabinetmaker’s chisels. Woodworking tools are offered in lots of variations in an attempt to sell you two tools when one will do the job. These are very inexpensive but are largely being replaced by the more expensive scraper planes. Again don’t be confused by the toolmakers insistence that you need all kinds of other gent saws, inlay saws, jewellers saws or razor saws. Cutting gauges tend to a better job more easily than marking gauges so that’s what tends to get used more here. Almost inevitably squares with wooden handles don’t seem to be able to hold the squareness that is necessary for quality work.
Even a quick change chuck is a tad inconvenient when you need to switch between drilling and driving with any kind of frequency. Ryobi) and it’s funny how you don’t realize how much suffering you might be experiencing until someone puts you out of your misery.
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Makita has a cloth dust collector and a nose that will allow you to reach those tricky spots with the front rather than the side of your sander. I made about twenty years ago has a one and a half inch wide rip blade and is about thirty inches long. I now have a detached garage (in a condo neighborhood), and both the power required and the noise generated by power tools would be problematical. I have settled finally on three big tools; a small bench saw, a thickness planer, and a drill press.
Perhaps you need a break from all that blogging, and time to get back to basics, like counting. Together the straight edge and the zero clearance baseplate makes the circular saw a fairly accurate tool for plywood construction projects.
I think everyone’s first large power tool should be a table saw, even if it’s just a contractor’s saw. Of course the saddlebags are small and the scooter only had a massive 50cc engine; vrmm, vrmm. I do need to take my hand tools somewhere, the larger tools end up in a simple tongue and grooved latch box my grandfather owned. I feel this is a very important skill that must be developed, not skipped over by buying devices power devices that achieve a single goal. I do think it is a bit of stretch to include a jointer and surface planner on the ‘basics’ list – we’ve got a slippery slope here!
You really should have a decent work surface/work bench/etc – a good first project by the way.
A couple of quick jigs to plunge your pieces and you have a fairly universal biscuit cutting solution. I also think that the inclusion of a smoothing plane as a ‘minimum’ for finishing is a bit off the mark. When woodworking tool manufacturers are selling chisels that are bent like steel bananas, selling planes that are nowhere near flat and plane irons that cannot be properly sharpened. We have seen them spending hundreds of thousands on woodworking tools, power tools and hand tools.
This gives a ‘tougher’ edge that is lacking a bit of the hardness of genuine forged high carbon steel. In our sharpening area we have a large granite surface plate — the kind usually used by engineers.
Look at the smoother plane behind it and notice this has a slightly higher pitch at approximately 50 degrees.
Sorby box wood handled cabinetmaker’s chisels are very nice, light, well shaped blades with fairly good quality steel. This is because it seems to have once been flat and then another process introduces heat to part of the blade and the whole blade then seems to have bent slightly.
It’s not necessary to have a full set of these expensive chisels but over the course of time you will need a full set. This is incredibly hard steel which helps you get this area dead flat which is important for sharpening and for use.
Of these two planes, probably buying the smaller medium sized plane first will be a good idea, adding the larger shoulder plane later on. Look carefully at the mouth and look look carefully at how much of the blade is left usable.
You might want to find yourself a small coping saw or an adjustable piercing saw, these are used for clearing waste when cutting joints, but apart from that aren’t used very much around the workshop.
Make sure they are exceptionally high quality though without being to the engineering inspectors standard, or examination standard. When you are running a marking knife down the side of a square, the blade can very quickly lose it’s edge if it isn’t made of high calibre steel.