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    David R.

    Imagine your workshop burned down or was robbed. What would you do, what tools would you buy and what would you do differently from when you started first?

    I think it might be interesting to hear how everyone would organize their work, if it wasn’t for the grown collection of tools and tidbits.


    from Germany

    Joe Kaiser

    What a terrible thought! I’m not sure what I would do if my house burnt. 🙁

    Assuming the fire was somehow magically contained to my garage, I would purchase the same stuff I have. I don’t really have anything more than the core tools. The only thing I would do different is not make my tool well so wide. In fact, I might even go without it in favor of a wider top and removable batton in the middle.

    Seattle, WA

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 6 months ago by Joe Kaiser.
    Matt McGrane

    That’s a tough question, David. I think the used tool market is getting worse – there are a lot of people starting in hand tool woodworking thanks to Paul Sellers and other online teachers and bloggers. I’d be tempted to get newer tools from Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley because it is very hard work finding old tools (and I hate eBay). But I’d have to hope that an insurance policy would help out with the replacement cost!

    I started in woodworking with power tools. Most of them are in storage now, so I don’t use them at all. But if they somehow burned with all my hand tools, I wouldn’t bother replacing the power tools – with the exception of a drill and maybe a jigsaw.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    I am in the same agreement with what Matt said including what Matt said about E – Bay. If I were to start over I defiantly would have less power tools for one thing. I use my Drill Press ( Shopsmith I have had since 1982 ) and my Delta 14″ Bandsaw with a 6″ riser and a corded drill I use every once in a while. I have router’s big drill, Delta Morticer, jointer, etc. that I haven’t used any of these in years.

    I have another forum I frequent that has a swap and sell and there are a few good people who sell nice tool’s regularly. I would buy a few from Lee Vally and Lie Nielson also.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    Peter George

    Most of my hand tool kit is from Lee Valley, so I’d replace those with no problems. I’d have to go used to find a decent brace, hand drill and set of auger bits. Power tools I’d replace would be the lathe, band saw and thickness planer. I’m on the fence about the table saw.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

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