If you're just getting interested in hand tool woodwork tools can be pretty confusing. You'll see several tools that look quite alike at wildly different price points. Sometimes this leads to wildly different levels of usability, but not always. I know, I'm not clarifying much. Also, as traditional woodworking has gained popularity used tool prices have gone up. Where does this leave the beginning woodworker on a budget?
When looking for tools to include in the student tool chests I try to find things that are a good value (price/performance) and also reduce the frustration of getting started. This is not always easy to do, but I do try and sometimes I even win.
Value and Performance Winners
Here are a some new tools that have gone in the tool chest that I think are hard to beat for their solid value, overall quality and performance.
Narex Classic Bevel Edge Chisels and Narex Mortice Chisels (www.leevalley.com)
|Narex Mortice and Bevel Edge Chisels|
Veritas Molded Spine Back Saws (www.leevalley.com)
|Veritas Molded Spine Carcass Saw|
I've tried some other cheaper back saws and the performance/quality just wasn't there and that leads to frustration for beginners in my opinion. Veritas makes these in 3 sizes and a couple of tooth arrangements each. I have the dovetail size in my own chest and the student boxes have the carcass size. They have what a good backsaw needs, a nicely weighted spine, appropriately sized handles, and sharp well designed and set teeth in a good steel plate. All this for half the price of a custom saw and without the trouble of getting a vintage saw into shape. To get by with one backsaw I've re-filed the carcass saws in the student kits to a hybrid filing (between rip and crosscut) to get good cuts in both directions out of a single saw, although this might be a bit advanced for a beginner. Check out the 3 saw set and get a great value and have all the back saws you'll ever need.
Great Neck N2610 26" Crosscut Hand Saw (www.amazon.com)
|Great Neck N2610|