FAVORITE HAND TOOLS
These are the tools that I use or have used. They are my favorites and ones that I can confidently recommend. I compiled this list as a resource for people looking for my recommendations.
JAPANESE PULL SAWS
Japanese pull saws are what I started out with as they are much more affordable than new "Western saws". They can use a much thinner blade which gives you a much thinner saw kerf because they cut on the pull stroke while the blade is in tension. They are extremely accurate, blades are cheap to replace, and an absolute pleasure to use. Japanese Saws are still my go to for almost all of my sawing needs.
Standard Ryoba Saw.
This is my favorite all-purpose saw. Rip and Crosscut sides. I use this for initial cuts and sometimes even joinery.
Flush Cut Saw
This saw doesnt have teeth "set" which allows you to make flush cuts against wood without marring your work.
Large Ryoba Saw.
The "Ryoba" has rip cut on one side and crosscut on the other. I use this larger saw on very larger boards and timbers.
Fine "Crosscut" Joinery Saw.
This saw has an ultra thin blade like the dovetail saw but it has crosscut teeth. I pair this with the dovetail saw for my fine joinery.
The Kataba saws are for crosscutting boards to length. They are a little more accurate and smoother than a ryoba.
Japanese Dovetail Saw.
This saw has a ridged spine, ultra thin blade, and super fine rip cut teeth making it AMAZING for dovetails.
by Knew Concept
My favorite for removing dovetail waste.
Also can be used for removing waste, but blade isn't as fine as a fret saw.
Flush Cut Saw
Great from cutting dowels and tenon flush. The teeth have no set to scratch surface.
Stanley Sweetheart Set
Timeless socket style design.
Irwin Marples Set
Another classic brand that still makes nice chisels that are affordable.
The chisel set that I first started with.
Veritas PM-V11 Chisels
My current go-to chisels
Narex Mortise Set
Heavy duty set for chopping mortises.
** If you have the time and desire to restore old hand planes I would highly recommend trying that out. It is very rewarding bringing an old hand plane back to life. There are many great videos and articles online on how to do this and what to look out for when shopping for old planes. Great places to look are at your local antique stores, flea markets, and ebay. Otherwise here are some good new planes to get started with.
Low-Angle Jack Plane
A jack plane is the first plane I would get.
The highest selling plane of all time and another must own.
Another must have plane, great for chamfers and small touch ups.
For flattening larges surfaces and edges.
Great for squaring up shoulders and cheeks on tenons.
Allows you to cut to exact depths. Super useful.
Veritas Hand Planes
Very nice high end planes.
They are behind the scene tools, but without good sharpening equipment your cutting tools will not perform properly. Dull tools are more dangerous and lead to frustration. Proper sharpening equipment is as vital as the cutting tool itself.
Extra Coarse Diamond Stone
Used to shape blade, set primary bevel, and quickly remove chips.
4000/8000 Combo Wetstone
Love this stone! I use this to create my secondary bevel. Its hones an extremely sharp edge.
Simple Honing Guide
Great for learning or re-establishing bevel angles.
Good for using on Diamond stones to prevent rusting.
I use this as my final step to polish the edge to a razor finish.
Work Sharp Tool Sharpening System
An all-in-one sharpening system for almost any kind of woodworking tool.
My absolute favorite mallet. Its rubberized head wont mark or damage wood or your tools.
Carving Tool Set
A high quality set that can do most carving jobs.
A must for laying out accurate joinery.
Wheel Marking Gauge
A very useful tool for accuate layout. Several companies make them.
Mortise Marking Gauge
It makes laying out mortise and tenons way easier. I prefer this style to wheel M&T Guages.
This type of rasp is made by combining several saw blades and works incredibly well.
Important tool for shaping wood by hand. This is a good general rasp to start with.
Scraper Set with Burnisher
Used to get a smooth finish on difficult woods and grain orientations.
Great for shaping and rounding edges.
Round Bottom Spokeshave
Used to remove material on curved pieces.
For rough quick wood removal and shaping.
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