Which “special” tool ?

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  • #646998
    Mark Ridley
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    Hello All,

    I have recently had a “significant” birthday, and as my friends know that over the last couple of years I have become really interested in hand tools & woodwork – they have had a collection to get me a “significant” present. I guess they will have 300 to 350 Euros – for my gift.

    I now have the enviable task of telling them what I would like.

    Over the last couple of years I have managed to build up quite a selection of tools, mostly from eBay (except for the new Veritas router my wife gave me for Christmas) – so I have most planes, chisels, saws and things … all now in reasonably good condition.

    I do have a “Faithful” No 5 … which took some time flattening, and once I replaced the original blade which kept fracturing …. now works quite nicely.
    I did think about asking for a Veritas No 5 …. but all of these seem to be “customisable” – so I became a bit paralysed by the different choices.

    I don’t have a very good block plane (as I never seem to use one) … would that be a good choice of investment?
    But I have seen standard ones, pocket ones, low-angled ones and even skew ones …. so not sure what to ask for here either.

    I do use my tools – so it is not like I am interested in the Veritas premium range- which seems a bit too much form over function

    So I am looking for some guidance … any ideas?
    Is there a “special” tool that I maybe haven’t even thought about?

    Thanks

    #647004
    tcurtis
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    Have you thought about a bandsaw?

    #647014
    Ronald Kowalewski
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    4 1/2 vintage

    Get some wood

    Protect the line.

    #647022
    Mark Ridley
    Participant

    @tcurtis … I bought the Lumberjack one about a year ago and a couple of Tuff Saw blades ….



    @Ronald
    – I was lucky enough to be given an old Stanley 4 1/2 and a 7 by a friends father. We was an old woodwork teacher and they were both in nice condition … he gave them to me as his son has no interest – so he was pleased to find a home for them.
    I would probably never have bought a no 7 … but actually it is a great addition, as you can very quickly get a lovely straight/flat edge.

    #647023
    Darren
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    Have sent you a private message on here, couldn’t post my list for some reason.

    #647026
    Thomas Brown
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    If you are not averse to power tools, how about a small woodwork lathe. Happy “significant” birthday” BTW.

    #647027
    Ecky H
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    @markridley
    Fortunately I could buy some second hand Veritas tools – and they are really good tools to work with. Their No.6 served me Veri well when I had to flatten the rough sawn lumber for the pieces of my modified Paul Sellers work bench.
    Did you recently struggle with a specific tool over and over due to the idiosyncrasies of that specific model? Then perhaps a top end replacement for that…
    Do you use a shooting board regularly? Maybe a dedicated shooting plane would be a good addition.

    E.

    Veni, vidi, serravi.

    Münster, Germany

    #647029
    Dave Ring
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    If your friends want to seriously splash out on a single hand tool, I’d suggest either a plough/plow plane or a combination plane.

    As for block planes, I don’t consider them essential but my favorite a is an old Stanley No. 140, which has a skew blade and a removable side plate to enable you to cut rabbets/rebates. LN makes an updated version that is probably even better.

    Dave

    #647043
    Darren
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    Hi,

    How about:

    1. Veritas Cabinet Scraper

    2. Nice low angle block plane

    3. Low Angle Jack Plane with PMV 11 iron – I got one of these for my last significant birthday

    4. Veritas Honing Guide Deluxe kit –

    5. Veritas Dual Marking Gauge –

    6. Veritas Combination Plane (+ additional blades)

    7. Nice old Record Combination Plane, lots on ebay. Expect to pay up to £100

    8. Shooting Board Plane –

    9. Auriou Rasps – these are great, but expensive! Classic Hand Tools sell them in the UK.

    I like my Low Angle Jack, and the PMV-11 is really nice.

    Darren.

    #647046
    Darren
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    #647082
    cragglerock
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    I’d have to agree with Darren on the low angle jack, I have the LN 62 and whilst it isn’t good for everything I use it an awful lot. It’s great for finishing thicknessing boards, edge planing and I use it a lot on the shooting board too.

    If you’re using rough sawn timber or even converting thicker stock down then a scrub plane will transform your work. My wife bought me the LN scrub last year and despite having a converted Stanley it was a revelation how quickly I could get a board level. Even if you use a thicknesser to finish your boards off you need a flat face to start with and you can get there really quickly with it.

    Whatever you choose have fun 🙂

    Craig

    #647100
    Mark Ridley
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    Last year I got a present of a 2-day course to make a traditional Nutcracker Soldier – which was done using a lathe … First time I had used a lathe since school … so well over 40 years ago, and it was great fun, so it is a good idea. However, I am only 2 years into my woodworking (which I can only do at weekends) – so I worry that getting a lathe now might distract me too much … so I might leave that until I retire – also I am not sure if my friends’ collection will stretch that far ….

    #648979
    Mark Ridley
    Participant

    Just a quick update ….

    First thanks to everyone for your suggestions … not sure if that made my choice easier or more difficult …

    Luckily for me – my friends seem to have been quite generous, surpassing what I though t was my original budget …. so

    I have decided to get a midi-lathe and a decent starter set of gouges/chisels etc

    …. then of course I have to fund myself the less glamorous “sharpening” kit .. and start saving for a chuck somewhere along the line …..

    #649284
    Darren
    Participant

    Hi,

    It’s not a cheap purchase, but a Sorby Pro Edge is a fantastic piece of sharpening kit.

    With the long grind attachment you can do all sorts of grinds on your gouges.

    It’s great for other tools also.

    https://www.robert-sorby.co.uk/sharpening/proedge/wped01a-proedge-system

    Regards

    Darren.

    #649573
    Bill Epstein
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    You won’t regret the lathe. Get one with a pivoting head and gift back your friends with small bowls. I’ve made do with assorted contoured water stones for years. They’re cheap. Someone’s always discarding stump cut-offs and they’re free.

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