Suggested Tools

A lot of the tools I use in my shop are old antiques. But the list below are tools that are still available to be purchased new.

Irwin ChiselsHighly Recommended These chisels can be honed to a razor-sharp edge and they will hold that edge for a long time. I don’t think you can find a better chisel at these prices.  6 chisel pack Click here       3 chisel pack with mallet Click here

Irwin 2″ chiselHighly Recommended I absolutely love this chisel I use it all the time. It is always on my bench. Click here

Irwin parallel jaw 48″ clamps– Perfect for large pieces and has incredible strength. Click Here

Lufkin 6′ folding rule with extension– This ruler is perfect for getting inside measurements in tight places. Click here

Stanley Spokeshave– For an entry-level spokeshave, this one does a decent job. Great for a small piece or for removing saw marks on the edge of a board. A spokeshave is a tool I use often. Click here

Flexcut chip carving knifeHighly Recommended Used mostly for small carvings, I use this for marking out my tenons and dovetails. I absolutely love this tool. Click here

Swanson 6″ combination square- Highly Recommended Wonderful little tool. Great for checking boards for square, measuring the height of a table saw blade or router bit. Great for checking mortise depth. Click here

Pax 10″ tenon saw- This is my go-to hand saw. With 15 tpi it’s perfect for hand-cut tenons and even for making carcass dovetails. Click Here

Kreg track saw-  Perfect for straight clean cuts on plywood. I have the Festool and the Kreg and I prefer to use this one if I can. Click here

Shinto raspHighly Recommended Great tool. I use this so much! It can shape curves and be even used to shave tenons. Has both coarse and fine teeth. Click here

Shinwa 10″ bevel– I have a lot of bevle. Most of them are very old. This is one that really locks down tight. Good quality. Click here

DeWalt 20v cordless trim router– I really like this router. Bright light. Slow start and fast braking. Compact and powerful Only downside battery and charger sold separately. Click here

DeWalt orbital sander- I like this one because it does a pretty good job at dust control. I have the corded one, but I’ve attached a link for the 20v cordless as well.    Corded sander Click here    Cordless Click here

Porter-Cable electric hand planer– I do a fair amount of flattening wide boards and slabs. If you haven’t seen my video on doing that I recommend it. Click here for the VIDEO     Electric hand plane Click here

Stanley marking gauge– This style has a pin in it and is made of plastic. But I have had mine from the beginning and have never had any issues with it. Click here

Woodriver marking gauge– Made of much better quality, this marking gauge is very nice to use. Click here

Woodriver #4 hand planeHighly Recommended I have a lot of hand planes. (over 200) This one is at the top of my list. It can produce ultra-thin shaving. Great tool Click here

Shop Fox Heavy Duty  3/4 HP Mortising Machine- Good to have more making multiple mortises up to 3″ deep. Click here

Milwaukee 12v oscillating saw– Wonderful to have for the hard and awkward cuts. Comes in more useful than I originally thought. Click Here

Milwaukee 1 3/4HP Router– I have had this router for nearly 15 years. It has been my “go-to” router and has never let me down. Click here

Ridgid 18v Jigsaw- I’ve had several jigsaws over the years, and this one I think does a good job. It moves a little slower than some of my others, but I find I have better control with it. However, the batteries are sold separately.    Click here for jigsaw.   Click here for batteries

Ridgid 15″ drill press– This is a decent drill press. There are a few features that I thought could be improved upon, but overall it does the job. Click Here

Veritas Medium Shoulder PlaneHighly Recommended I have several shoulder planes in my collection, but this is the one I mostly reach for. Click here

Woodriver Medium Shoulder Plane– Coming in at a very close 2nd place, is this shoulder plane which does as nice of a job as the veritas but is slightly less comfortable to hold for long periods of time. However, it does cost less than the veritas.  Click here

Freud 1 5/8″ Chamfer router bit with 1/2″ shank- Having a variety of different router bits in your collection gives multiple options in woodworking. This is one I use quite often. Click here

Calipers– I have an old set of calipers however, I have used Dennis Laney’s Starrett calipers. Very Nice! I prefer the dial verse digital because I never have to worry about the battery dying. Click here   Shop Fox makes a set that costs  less Click here

2″ Lathe Roughing Gouge– My turning skills are average, but this works well for me. Click here

3/16″ Lathe Parting ToolClick here

1″ Lathe Skew ChiselClick here

Lathe Outside diameter 8″ Calipers– Great for getting a precise size when turning. Click Here

Pattern Makers Vise Highly Recommended– This vise is fantastic for holding and gripping anything in any odd size or shape. I wish I bought this years ago. Worth every penny. Click here

FastCap Scribing ToolHighly Recommended– Now this is not a tool used every day, but when precise scribing to make parts fit, this tool is spot on. It can also be used as a regular compass. Click here

Cabinet Hardware Jig– This jig by True Position Tools, is great for mounting hardware and drilling shelf pin holes on cabinets. Built with high quality. Worth it if you work a lot with cabinets. Click here

Whiteside 1/4″ spiral up-cut router bit– This is one of my most used router bits. The up-cut helps pull the wood chips out of the grove or mortise you might be making. Click here

Freud Router Rabbet Bit Set– Making a rabbet joint is used a lot in woodworking. This bit with different sized bearings allows you to make a variety of different sized rabbets. Click here

Freud 3/16″ round-over router bit– A common decorative profile is that of a round-over. This bit will get used often on your projects. Click here

 Bahco Camping Axe– This is not a tool used in the shop every day. In fact, it’s mostly used in my yard/woods. Nice balance, and sharp edge. Just an all-around decent little axe. Click here

Drawer Locking Bit– This is a Freud drawer locking bit for the router table. It can be a little tricky to set up. But once a pair of set up blocks are made, it’s fast, accurate, and strong. Click here

 Kreg Foreman Pocket-Hole MachineHighly Recommended If you enjoy the speed and strength of pocket screws, then this machine is for you. It drills accurate pocket holes in meer seconds. If you do production work, this machine will save you money in the long run. Click here

 Flexcut Detail Skew Knife – I enjoy carving and this double-beveled little skew knife is good at getting into tight areas to allow me to get a smooth clean cut. Click here

 Pfeil Intro Carving Set of 4– I have many carving chisels by Pfeil. And just like having shop clamps, you can never have enough carving chisels. Here is a set they recommend to begin learning to carve. Click here  

 Pfeil Intermediate Carving Set of 6– This is a set the Pfeil recommends for an intermediate carver. In my opinion, I think this would actually be a good set to start out with. Click here

Newly Listed Card Scrapers set of 4Highly Recommended On any workbench of mine, you will find a card scraper. I especially love the one with just the mild curved radius. Works just amazingly Click here

Newly Listed Bosch Lazer Tape Measure– I use this mostly in measuring a room for cabinets. It can measure up to 65 feet and is accurate up to 1/8″. Very helpful when doing estimates Click here

Newly Listed Lee Valley Toothed Hand Plane BladeHighly Recommended- This iron for my hand plane is great for dealing with highly figured woods. Helps reduce tearout. NOTE- this iron only fits my Lee Valley Hand Plane. Click Here