Theory #1

What Tools do you need for Fine Woodworking?

Upon venturing down the route of woodworking, It's very easy to get caught up with all the tools and accessories available to you. Often making it confusing while choosing what tools you actually need. This section will help you make those decisions and develop your knowledge of the applications and terminology used when referring to these tools.

What Handplanes Do You Need?

Planes come in all sorts of shapes, varieties and types. All of which share similar functions yet excel in certain areas more than others. This lesson teaches you everything you need to know when buying a plane to ensure you make an educated and informed decision.

You will learn:

  • The difference between bench planes
  • What joinery planes are essential
  • What specialist planes are essential
  • What planes are best suited to you
  • Advantages and Disadvantages

What Chisels Do You Need?

If you've ever tried to purchase a chisel online or in a reputable tool store, you may be overwhelmed with the choices available. Different sizes, different types, different brands, all offering something different. In this lesson, I cut through that noise.

You will learn:

  • The different styles of chisel
  • The uses of various chisels
  • What to look for when buying a chisel
  • What to avoid when buying a chisel

What Saws Do You Need?

There are many different types fo saws out there. Different sizes, different names, different tooth patterns and different budgets. Some cut on the push stroke, some cut on the pull stroke, some can even cut curves. In this lesson, I guide you through everything!

You will learn:

  • The different saw sizes
  • Rip tooth, Crosscut, Hybrid
  • Which saws are the most versatile
  • Which saw is best for you?

My Hand Tool Recommendations

While we are on the subject of tools, I thought I would share my personal favourite hand tools that I often recommend to both beginners and intermediate woodworkers alike. By the way, these recommendations are suited to a range of budgets!

You will learn:

  • What I use day to day
  • Why I have chosen these tools
  • Why they will benefit you
  • Where to buy them from

Choosing The Right Brand

Once you have decided which style and which type of tool you want to buy. You now have the added pressure of choosing the right brand! While the differences are often subtle, it's worth putting in the research to find something that feels right.

You will learn:

  • What to look for when buying tools
  • Common problems with tools
  • Which brands are best
  • Which brands will be best for you.

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