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Can anyone suggest a brand for a good 10 oz (or thereabout) Warrington pattern or other joiner’s/cabinetmaker’s style hammer? Due to my location I don’t have the luxury of having places (without a substantial journey) where I can actually pick one up to get a feel for it , whether it be new or old.
I’d like to keep the cost relatively affordable, meaning the Lie-Nielsen and Tools for Working Wood offerings are not an option. I’ve seen Footprint, Larson and Woodstock on Amazon. Anyone use any of these? Are there better options I’ve missed from other locations?
I realize this may seem like a silly question–it’s just an inexpensive hammer purchase, but I thought I’d throw it out there to see what feedback I can get. Thanks!
1. 1/2 sounds good. You can certainly change it, but that seems to be a popular size.
2. 25*, just like your chisels.
3. Slightly off, so that the heel is slightly higher than the cutting edge. That will give you some clearance as you pare.
Remember, really all you’re doing is making a chisel holder.
You didn’t mention if you were talking about a large or small router plane–I’m assuming you are referring to the large.
One of the things that sold me on the Veritas router was the ability to configure it as both closed and open (or bullnose, as they describe it) throat, and even “laterally” if that is your thing. With Lie-Nielsen, there is a separate tool for open and closed throat.
I don’t know if this is *that* important, but that configurability added value for me. As I often say, Veritas seems to offer the biggest bang for the buck.
Shannon Rogers, aka The Renaissance Woodworker, recently posted a video about working without a “proper” bench. It may give you some things to think about.
The Veritas saws a are great quality saw. They don’t have quite the depth of cut that other premium saws have, so that is something you will want to consider. But, that being said, I think they are the best bang for the buck if buying a new saw.
You will get a lot of people recommending other premium saws that are a great deal more expensive. They may be better, but for my budget I am totally happy with mine. Also, I think I’ve seen Paul himself using their saws in at least one video!
Keep in mind I’m only referencing new saws. The “vintage” route is another path that others can chime in on with better advice than I can give. I’m not handy at refurbing saws…