I am really picky with my woodworking tools and this is a big mistake. Here’s why:
If you just want to get back to square one, it’s hard to stick to a straight route (even if it feels like you’re getting there).
You will end up buying too many tools, especially if they last a long time. This can cause a lot of back and forth between you and your woodworkers.
There are plenty of woodworking tools that are great all by themselves, but are expensive to have in bulk. You can get a lot of useful tools from a single tool!
The price of buying a tool is higher than just using it. This is a huge problem because you have to spend a lot more energy getting a small set.
You’re limited by what kinds of tools you can get. Most of your work, even if it’s small, requires a lot of tools. If you’re trying to get back to square one, you’ll spend a lot of patience.
I’ve found myself looking far and wide for the perfect tool, and it’s often frustrating because one of my goals is to be able to “get it back” to square one.
There are three basic types of woodworkers. You have the professional-type woodworker who works on commission for their organization or for a client (like an insurance company that is hiring a person to work on a large case).
You have the hobbyist who wants to get back to square one in a short amount of time, like a beginner who plans to cut something small and simple like a piece of plywood, but also wants the ability to plan a more comprehensive project. And finally, you have the DIY woodworker who is trying to make their dream woodworking tools. These three subcategories are in no way mutually exclusive; it’s just the way I use my tools.
To help you find the tool you need, I’ve provided a table outlining each subcategory. Each section provides the name & description of my favorite tools.
The table should help you decide which tool will work best for each job you’re trying to get back to square one.
I’ve listed each tool that I’ve tried, including their cost, reviews, and availability in Canada. I’ve also listed the tool that I use most often.
I do not include special requests, because those tools are usually hard to find or very expensive… but these are the tools
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