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  • #26166
    Sandy
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    Paul said in one of his blogs that all you need is 10 basic tools to be able to cut most of the joinery that you will cut. I tried to comprise the list but don’t come up with the same numbers so I’m wondering what I am adding or even missing.

    Cross-cut saw
    Dovetail saw
    Chisels
    Mallet
    pencil
    Square
    knife
    marking gage
    angle gage
    #4 plane
    Tape measure

    That’s my list and I have 11…

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #26169
    Dave Riendeau
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    Rip saw, spokeshave, card scrapers, cabinet scraper, steel rule I think I use my steel rule more than my tape measure.

    -Canada

    #26170
    str8tedge
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    You might want to include a hand router, or the ‘poor man’s chisel router. A real necessity.

    Joe B.

    #26179
    Sandy
    Participant

    Well a spoke shave isn’t really for joinery but they do come in handy and I’ll probably throw one in my travel box. I use my scale a lot more than my tape measure as well. I think a router plane is a must and I have a small one that I made. So that’s two more items. But Paul said 10. So what have I got now that I really don’t need or can get by with without?

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #26181
    Carlos J. Collazo
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    Hi Sandy,

    Well, I think if you have a relatively fine-toothed (12 or 13 TPI) tenon saw filed crosscut, you can use it both for both cutting across the grain (for shoulders, for ex.) and for the dovetails. You don’t absolutely need a dovetail saw, though many marketed as such come in around 20 TPI or higher, which is useful for dovetails.

    The other tool on your list that I can see that might not be absolutely essential might be the pencil. If you have a marking knife you can probably get away with marking all of your joinery by means of the just the knifewalls.

    I agree with str8edge, a hand router should be included in a “10 must-have” list.
    They are essential for making accurate recesses for the housing dados.

    So if you take away pencil and the dovetail saw from you list, and add the hand router, that brings you to 10 essential joinery tools.

    C

    New Jersey, U.S.A.

    #26294
    Sandy
    Participant

    Thank you Carlos. I’m sure I will have more than ten in my box but I was wondering what the 10 were that Paul has on his list. I need a good tenon saw. I agree the router plane is a must.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #26312
    Jay
    Participant

    Chris Schwarz says there are 48 tools, so I’m sure we could come up with many variations between that and the list of 10…. haha. 🙂

    #26313
    Dave Riendeau
    Participant

    Sandy, sorry I didn’t read your question correctly, you were talking joinery only! And yes a good 11-14 tpi backsaw is pretty much all you need as far as saws go.

    -Canada

    #26349
    Carlos J. Collazo
    Participant

    Sandy: Anytime, buddy. Just remember, I’m no expert. I’m a testament to Paul’s effective instruction and methods. I got the book several months ago and have referred to it closely and frequently ever since. The suggestions for the tool list I took directly from it. There, he clearly states his “10 essentials for joinery list” which leaves out the pencil, though obviously a pencil is essential for your woodworking, but I think Paul classifies it under “general equipment” (like clamps, etc)

    As for the tenon saw, I had the same exact question a few months ago and Paul gave some really great answers on his blog when I posted the question about which one to get and what to look for. Here are the links. Hope you find them useful:

    http://paulsellers.com/2013/11/saws-can-costly-inexpensive-two-extreme-saws/

    http://paulsellers.com/2013/11/crown-tenon-saw-good-buy/

    New Jersey, U.S.A.

    #26352
    Scott V
    Participant

    From Paul’s blog:

    My Essential Tools

    Joinery tools

    Combination square
    Tape measure
    Sliding bevel
    Layout knife
    Combination gauge
    Tenon saw
    Chisel set
    Chisel hammer or mallet
    Smoothing plane
    Hand router

    Paul mentions ten tools for the joinery group, but there is also the shaping group and sharpening group. The essential tool count comes out to almost 30 when you count things like “chisels” as one item.

    Finishing is not something Paul focuses on in his curriculum, but that will probably involve a few more things like abrasives and brushes.

    I agree that a Router plane is almost essential for cleaning up joinery. I find Fillister and grooving planes are extremely convenient as well.

    -Scott Los Angeles, California, USA

    #26378
    SueinNC
    Participant

    I am a not yet a newbie to woodworking. I am a wannabe. This is a great list. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge.

    #26403
    Carlos J. Collazo
    Participant

    Welcome!

    I am a not yet a newbie to woodworking. I am a wannabe. This is a great list. Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge.

    New Jersey, U.S.A.

    #26466
    Sandy
    Participant

    Dumb question… I’ve heard several mentions of a book and even some CDs by Paul. I’m sure they can be googled but what is the name of the book and is it available from this web site or from a retailer?

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #26467
    Sandy
    Participant

    SueinNC, welcome to the forum. I suppose I am a wanna be too but I’ve been in it for a while. But I still wanna be. Jump in here with your questions. A lot of good people are in the forum that offer some great help and suggestions. You even get a reply from the master teacher himself sometime…:-)

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #26468
    Dave Riendeau
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