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Highland Hardware's Tool List for a Basic Woodworking Shop


This list includes a wide variety of tools used for general-purpose "straight-line" woodworking—that is, tools and machines for turning are not represented. This is not intended to slight woodturning, which is not only an integral part of much classic furnituremaking, but a fine sport unto itself. The focus of this list, however, is on the tools and machines most often used for basic woodworking: cabinets, shelving, tables, boxes and other common projects.

The choice of tools herein naturally reflects personal predilections, and there's doubtless plenty of room to debate the merits of any specific item. These are our favorites, tools we've learned about, used and enjoyed during the past twenty years. Occasionally two or more similar tools are listed, marked with a red asterisk (*), to offer a choice of features or price. You'll get what you pay for, but the less expensive alternatives are nonetheless good, functional tools. Please consult a current Highland Hardware catalog for specifications, additional options, related items and current prices.

Our catalog numbers are shown (where applicable) to help you identify the tools precisely. The tools are labled to indicate their usefulness in most shops:

•••• Critical; tools you can't do without.
•••   Essential in virtually any shop; their lack will always limit what you can do.
••    Almost essential; you can get by without them, but they'll pay for themselves quickly.
•     Very useful; significant convenience. Substitutes can often accomplish the same functions.

SHARPENING
*026445 •••• Set of 3 Japanese Waterstones: Green, 1000, 6000
*026446 ••• Set of 5 Stones: Green, 800, 1200, 4000, 8000, Nagura
  026425 •• Nagura Stone
  026461 • Waterstone Holder
  025331 • Set of 4 Diamond Paddles
PLANES
*199205 •••• Anant No. 7 Jointer Plane
*031307 ••• Clifton No. 7 Jointer Plane
*199203 ••• Anant No. 4-1/2 Smooth Plane
*031304 ••• Clifton No. 4 Smooth Plane
  199173 ••• Groz 60-1/2 Low Angle Block Plane
  034237 ••• L-N Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane
  031804 • Stanley 92 Rabbet Plane
  155451 •• Dave's Shave Standard Tradition Spokeshave
  077018 •• Veritas Low Angle Spokeshave
JOINERY TOOLS
  146012 •••• Narex Bevel-Edged Chisels, Set of 6
  146605 ••• Octagonal Japanese Hammer
  078472 • 24-oz. Deadblow Hammer
  199104 •••• 6" Steel Square
  065008 ••• Woodworker's Dial Caliper
*067010 •••• Veritas Marking Gauge
*055201 • Tite-Mark Marking Gauge
  061116 •• Marking and Mortise Gauge
  061521 ••• Starrett 12" Combination Square
  061202 •• Sliding Bevel
  066401 ••• Japanese Marking Knife
*063020 • 6" Steel Rule
*063021 ••• 12" Steel Rule
  063022 •• 24" Steel Rule
  167215 •••• 16' Left and Right Reading Tape Rule
  061528 •• Starrett 24" Straightedge
*126435 •••• Silky Dozuki Saw
*126421 •••• Silky Kenzo Ryoba Saw
*056406 •••• Dozuki Back Saw
  056423 •••• Japanese Dovetail Saw
  051901 ••• Coping Saw
  056427 • Flexible Flush-Trim Saw
*199151 ••• Groz 7" Quick-Release Bench Vise
*199152 ••• Groz 9" Quick-Release Bench Vise
*168042 ••• Patternmaker's Vise
  019714 •• Pair of Round Bench Dogs
  017004 •• Veritas Wonder Dog
  163504 •••• Six 6" Jorgensen Light Bar Clamps
  163506 • Six 18" Jorgensen Light Bar Clamps
  199162 •• Four 48" Groz Bar Clamps
  163502 •••• Four Sets 3/4" Pipe Clamp Heads (Plus several lengths of threaded pipe)
  CT50 ••• 50" Clamp 'N' Tool Guide
  167201 • Glue Spreader
  185101 • Bench Brush
FINISHING
  031509 ••• Bahco 474 Scraper
  035306 ••• Round Burnisher
  031205 • Stanley #80 Scraper
*BO5010 ••• Makita Random Orbit Sander
*333VS ••• Porter-Cable Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander
*333 ••• Porter-Cable Random Orbit Sander
MACHINERY **Model numbers change often; please consult our website
*** ••• Contractor's Saw
*** ••• Tablesaw
*** •• 6" Jointer
*2012NB ••• Makita 2012 12" Thickness Planer
*** ••• 14" Bandsaw
*** • 16-1/2" Drill Press
*** • 12" Drill Press
*31-695 • Delta 6" Belt/9" Disc Sander
  115101 ••• Shop Fox 1-1/2 HP Dust Collector
  D10101 • First Stage Separator Kit
HAND POWER TOOLS
••• 7-1/4" Circular Saw
•• 3/8" Electric drill (~amp motor)
•• 14.4 Volt Cordless Drill
*301001 ••• Triton 3-1/4 HP Plunge Router
  ••• Plunge/Fixed Base Router Kit
  101032 ••• 6 Piece Router Bit Set
   •• Biscuit Joiner
PERSONAL SAFETY
  117001 •••• CFR-1 Dust Mask
  087003 ••• Peltor Hearing Protectors
  085016 •••• Corded Ear Plugs
  085072 ••• Safety Glasses
  085009 ••• Clear Goggles
  087009 ••• Face Shield
  196033 ••• Nitrile Disposable Gloves
BOOKS
  201037 ••• The Complete Manual of Woodworking
  201281 ••• Understanding Wood
  202299 ••• Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening
  203621 ••• Understanding Wood Finishing, Revised
  201260 ••• Great Wood Finishes
  200393 •• Band Saw Handbook
  200351 •• The New Router Handbook
  202241 •• The Table Saw Book
  200597 •• The Nature and Art of Workmanship
  200595 •• The Nature and Aesthetics of Design
  200504 •• A Cabinetmaker's Notebook

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