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With Highland Woodworking's Woodworking Tool List getting started as a woodworker is easy. This tool 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 the woodworking hand tools and woodworking power 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 thirty 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 Woodworking 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 labeled 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

*426445 •••• Set of 3 Japanese waterstones: Green, 1000, 6000
*426446 ••• Set of 5 stones: Green, 800, 1200, 4000, 8000, Nagura
426425 •• Nagura stone
426461 Waterstone holder
425331 Set of 4 diamond paddles



Planes

*199405 •••• Anant Kamal No. 7 jointer plane
*434249 ••• Lie Nielsen No. 7 jointer plane
*199403 ••• Anant Kamal No. 4-1/2 smooth plane
*434235 ••• Lie-Nielsen No. 4 smooth plane
*431201 ••• Stanley 60-1/2 low angle block plane
*434277 ••• Lie-Nielsen 60-1/2R low angle rabbet block plane
434237 ••• Lie-Nielsen low angle adjustable mouth block plane
431804 Stanley 92 rabbet plane
199409 ••• Anant Kamal flat spokeshave
477018 •• Veritas low angle spokeshave



Joinery Tools

146012 •••• Narex bevel-edged chisels, set of 6
146605 ••• Octagonal Japanese hammer
146086 22-oz. deadblow mallet
169313 •••• 6" steel square
465008 ••• Woodworker's dial caliper
*467010 •••• Veritas marking gauge
*455201 Tite-mark marking gauge
461116 •• Marking and mortise gauge
461521 ••• Starrett 12" combination square
461202 •• Sliding bevel
466401 ••• Japanese marking knife
*463020 6" steel rule
*463021 ••• 12" steel rule
*461513 •• Starrett 24" rule
167215 •••• 16' left and right reading tape rule
461528 •• Starrett 24" straightedge
*126435 •••• Silky dozuki saw
*456406 •••• Dozuki back saw
456423 •••• Japanese dovetail saw
451901 ••• Coping saw
456427 Flexible flush-trim saw
*171831 ••• Eclipse 7" quick release bench vise
*171832 ••• Eclipse 9" quick release bench vise
*168042 ••• Patternmaker's vise
419714 •• Pair of round bench dogs
417004 •• Veritas Wonder Dog
163504 •••• Six 6" Jorgensen light bar clamps
163506 Six 18" light bar clamps
163502 •••• Four sets 3/4" pipe clamp heads (plus several lengths of threaded pipe)
165604 ••• 50" All in One Clamp Guide
167201 Glue spreader
185101 Bench brush



Finishing
720301 ••• Festool Random Orbit Sander
431509 ••• Bahco 474 scraper
435306 ••• Round burnisher
431205 Stanley #80 scraper



Machinery
* ••• Any SawStop Table Saw
406350 ••• 6" Jointer
402001 ••• Steel City Portable Thickness Planer
191047 ••• 14" bandsaw
* 16-1/2" drill press
* 12" drill press
* 6" belt / 9" disc sander
* 4" belt / 6" disc sander
191079 ••• Rikon 1 HP dust collector



Hand Power Tools
720201 ***
6-1/4" circular saw
* ••• 3/8" electric drill
722912 ••• Festool Compact Driver Cordless drill
722916 ••• Festool Lithium-Ion Cordless drill
301008 ••• Triton 2-1/4 HP plunge router
DW682K ••• DeWalt Biscuit Joiner



Personal Safety

117001 •••• CFR-1 dust mask
156553 ••• Peltor hearing protectors
485072 ••• Safety glasses
485009 ••• Clear goggles
487009 ••• Face shield
196033 ••• Nitrile disposable gloves



Books

201037 ••• Complete Manual of Woodworking
201281 ••• Understanding Wood
202299 ••• Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening
203621 ••• Understanding Wood Finishing, Revised
201260 ••• Great Wood Finishes
203681 •• Band Saw Handbook
200351 •• The New Router Handbook
202241 •• The Table Saw Book
200595 •• The Nature and Aesthetics of Design
200504 •• Cabinetmaker's Notebook

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