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    Calling all Neandertals

    Having been persuaded that CNC would probably not be a good direction for my personal woodworking journey (I agree with this.) I've decided to try moving somewhat in the opposite direction as a means of downsizing and upgrading my shop. That is, I'm considering a move toward more hand tools. My initial idea is that I will keep my TS, jointer, planer and add a drill press. From there I'll be moving into hand tools to complete the project. I'll be doing M&T joints primarily. My favorite style is Shaker, so moldings will be minimal, but some will be necessary. I want to eventually eliminate routers (too noisy), replacing them with molding planes.

    OK, given the general parameters of my plan, what hand tools would you guys recommend I start acquiring? I've been greatly influenced in this direction by Roy Underhill's work. His show is on ETV here weekly and I record every show.

    OK Neanderthals, here's your chance to advise/instruct a rooky. What say ye?
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    Re: Calling all Neandertals



    don't forget the finger paint
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    Re: Calling all Neandertals

    It is pretty easy to make any kind of profile plane. I have made a few and they produce very good results and are practical in use. However planemaking is a bit time consuming and profile planes don't work very well on end grain.

    To me the hand tool versus power tool thing is a matter of choosing the best tool for the job. From that point of wiev your plans make sence. There are no hand tools that can rip and plane wood as efficiently as good machines do but on the other hand there is no power tool that is as versatile as hand tools are for making different types of joints.

    For making profiles using power I prefere a spindle moulder (shaper in the USA) over a router because spindle moulder knives can be ground at home to any profile you want. I have never owned a router.

    A hand tool set for doing this kind of work would include:
    -A smooth plane (Stanley number 3 or 4 or something equal)
    -A block plane of good quality with adjustable mouth
    -A low angle block plane
    -A rebate plane (called rabbet plane in the USA)
    -A plough plane
    -A great number of profile planes. I have at least 20 of them and there aren't enough.
    -A router plane
    -A coarse and a fine rip handsaw and a coarse and a fine crosscut handsaw making four hand saws in total.
    -A rip and a crosscut tennon saw. I prefere ones with longer blades.
    -A stair saw
    -A drawknife
    -A small axe with rather hard steel in the edge.
    -A broad hatchet.
    -A great number of chisels and gouges and mortise chisels of various types and sizes.
    -A hard rubber or wooden mallet to use on the chisels.

    This is just a start....... but hand tools don't need to be expensive. There is a lot of old worn out tools floating around and sometimes one might be able to find good tools that can be repaired. One can make a lot of hand tools from wood and scrap yard materials.
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    Re: Calling all Neandertals

    Art, This is a wonderful direction to go.

    Coming from a technology guy - this interests also me.

    There are things in this direction than has solidly caught my attention.

    The outcome I would be directed towards would be:

    Totem Poles - and things of the sort
    Bird Carvings
    Stuff like (autobody man) does
    Carved Signs
    Ship quarter boards
    Personalized carved name plaques
    Relief carvings

    I do hope you pursue this as I would be quite interested in following your progress.
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    Re: Calling all Neandertals

    Thanks for your replies. Keep them coming.

    At this point this is what I have. All bench planes from 3-6 plus a number of block planes: 5 Disston saws of rip and cc capacity. A good collection of flat chisels 1/4 - 2 "; 3 good axes plus a couple of quality hatchets but no brad faces .

    I'm needing a lot of specialty planes (rabbet, dado etc.) Some I will make, others I will buy.

    This thread should probably be moved to "Hand Tools" but that's a Moderator decision. I'm gonna' be needing a lot of info from you guys as time goes by.
    art

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    Re: Calling all Neandertals

    Depending on what you will do:

    Small super sharp hand adz
    Some really good high quality Rasps, Rough Files
    Hand Gouges
    ROUGH - COARSE - sandpaper, 40 grit and such

    I have a few tools I made for sanding.
    They are shaped like files - flat, half round, bull nosed -- I then use spray adhesive and glue sand paper to then so I can sand "forms".
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    Re: Calling all Neandertals

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    . . . . . I have a few tools I made for sanding. They are shaped like files - flat, half round, bull nosed -- I then use spray adhesive and glue sand paper to then so I can sand "forms".
    Great minds do run together! I do the same thing. I find them to be a great way to final fit hand cut DTs.

    I have an adz head. Just need to find a suitable handle for it. I also own several excellent drawknives.
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    Re: Calling all Neandertals

    The kink of adz I am referring to is a small one handed tool like a small hatchet.
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    Take a look at Underhill's book about the edge and the wedge. All wood working is slicing or splitting. Two most basic tools are the knife and the chisel. Then again, you can't go wrong starting with a proper bench and proper workpiece holding.
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    Re: Calling all Neandertals

    Quote Originally Posted by Wrangler View Post
    Take a look at Underhill's book about the edge and the wedge. All wood working is slicing or splitting. Two most basic tools are the knife and the chisel. Then again, you can't go wrong starting with a proper bench and proper workpiece holding.

    Will do! I've been considering getting his book anyway. I'm already seeing that going cordless is going to acquire additional education.

    Thanks
    art

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