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A Woodworker's Basic Tool Kit

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A Basic, Commonsense Tool Kit

A Basic, Commonsense Tool Kit

Measuring Tools: Combination square Sliding bevel Marking gauge Framing square Steel tape (10' or 12') Folding rule Compass Scratch awl Cutting Tools: Crosscut saw (12 pt.) Rip saw (6 1/2 or 7 1/2 pt.) Backsaw or dovetail saw (15 tpi) Coping saw Hacksaw Slip-joint pliers Needle-nose pliers Diagonal cutters Shaping Tools: Smooth plane Low-angle block plane Wood chisels (1/4", 1/2", 3/4", 1") Single-cut mill bastard file Round rasp Flat rasp Cabinet scraper and hand scrapers Utility knife Joining Tools: Claw hammer (16 oz.) Finish hammer (8 oz.) Nail set Wooden mallet Screwdrivers (straight, Phillips) Doweling jig Bench vise or clamping system Bar or pipe clamps (2-3' and 2-5' min.) Handscrews C-clamps Safety & Maintenance: Face shield or safety glasses Hearing protector Dust mask or respirator Sharpening stone (dual-purpose, coarse/fine) Portable Power Tools: Router (1 hp, 1/4" collet) (Purchase bits as needed; bead, chamfer, cove, straight, round-over, rabbet) Circular saw (7 1/4") Drill (3/8" variable speed) Twist drills (1/16-3/8") Spade-shaped drill bits Brad-point drill bits Jigsaw Dual-action pad sander (straight-line and orbital) Belt sander (3X21" with dust collection)

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