Mar 10 2008
Back in early February 2008, an interesting thread was started on Woodnet.net. Bob Feeser, rfeeser to those who may look for his writings, was asked by a friend to ”provide a list of what tools a well-equipped small, machine-free shop might have”. So he consulted some texts he had on hand and “enhanced” it.
Turned out, the list is quite good. On Internet forums, one good turn deserves another, and so the feedback began. …And the list grew. People came up with some great additions for the list.
I know, I know, the list is a huge bugger, and there are a lot of things on it you do not need, and can get by without, but Bob was asked to go for ‘well equipped’, So he put in the initial time, and by the end of the thread, many other great tool additions for the list were suggested.
I went through the thread and edited further, adding what all was suggested by others. For the most part, I tried to be as inclusive as possible. Depending on your methods of work, there is likely something on there for everybody. So without further adieu, here is Bob’s “Gratuitous list of hand and small electric woodworking tools”, and thank you Bob!
- MEASURING & MARKING –
Awl, scratch, brad, birdcage
Try or engineering squares
Plastic drafting squares
Retracting tape measure
Folding rule w/ sliding extension
Steel 4R graduated rules
Steel 4R hook rulers
Center finder rulers
Golden ratio rulers (phi)
Precise straight edge
Plumb bob with string
Level(s) torpedo, beam
Dial or vernier calipers
Pencils (black & white, and/or mechanical)
CUTTING TOOLS –
Paring chisels – a set of five or more common sizes is useful
Chopping chisels – (aka butt chisels, may be thicker, shorter, sharpened at higher angle)
Skew chisels, fishtail chisels, dovetail chisels, corner chisels
Mortise chisels – commonly 1/4th inch and 3/8’s inch sizes
HAND PLANES –
Low angle block plane
Bevel up or down planes
Cabinet scraper or scraper plane
BORING TOOLS –
Bits (twist, brad point)
Archimedes push drill with bits
RASPS & FILES –
Smooth, Second cut, Mill Bastard, Double Cut
Flat rasps and files
Half round rasps and files
Forming tools (i.e. Sureform, Microplane)
Riffler rasps and files
File cards and brass/nylon brushes
Deep throat clamps
Dead blow hammer
Screwdriver bits & adapter for brace
Right angle (offset) screwdrivers
Screw holding screwdrivers
SAE / Metric
Set of box wrenches
Set of open-end wrenches
Set of combination wrenches
Ratchet socket set
Allen/hex wrenches Regular/ball end
Slip jaw pliers
Needle nosed pliers
Channel lock pliers
Wire strippers / Crimpers
Paint scraper (removing dried glue)
Pry bar, small
Sharpening abrasives (sandpaper, diamond stones, water stones, oil stones)
Sandpaper in many grits
Sanding blocks in different shapes
Vegetable tanned leather for clamp pads and other uses
Finishing supplies (applicators, finishes, rubbing out materials)
Rubber brayer for spreading water based glue
Acid brushes for spreading glue
Waxed paper to protect from glue
Bolts, nuts, washers
PORTABLE POWER TOOLS –
Belt sander, sanding belts
Circular saw, blades
Electric drills, 3/8’s 1/2, bits (twist drills (fractional, number, letter, metric), brad point, Forstner or saw tooth, hole saws)
Finish sander, sandpaper sheets
Random orbital sander, sanding disks
Router, edge guide, bits, template bushings
Bench top router table
Bench grinder / wire wheel 3450/1725rpm
Scroll saw, blades
Lunch box planer
Heavy-duty extension cord(s)
Bench dogs (round or square)
Vises, (woodworking and machinist styles.)
SHOP MADE ACCESSORIES –
Shooting board for ends
Shooting board for miters
Shooting board for long edges
Storage for tools hardware and other materials
SAFETY EQUIPMENT –
Earmuffs and plugs
Half face respirators
Protective gloves (appropriate to the task)
Apron, cloth, leather
First-aid kit including splinter tweezers
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