That's because once you get hooked, it is hard to avoid dreaming about how awesome it would be if you only had an -INSERT DREAM TOOL HERE- (or another one). The galoots say it is a slippery slope. Tune up a two dollar rummage sale hand saw so it works better than you could ever imagine, and all of a sudden there are dozens of old saws in your shop.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
If you have read the posts in my Beginner's Tool Kit series, you know which tools I advocate a beginner aqcuire first:
- Jack plane
- Ryobi saw
- Pair of bench chisels (3/8" & 3/4" or so)
- Marking and measuring tools
- Sharpening system
I have been working (and will continue to) work on a few projects using only these tools. The idea is not for you to pare your tools down to these few, but to get the right few when starting out to be able to do some actual woodwork. It is difficult to do anything useful if all you have is a plow plane and a 500 EURO hammer
The next logical step is, where do we go from here? What tool do I need next?
The answer to that question is personal. However, I have the answer:
- It depends.
What does it depend on? It depends on what you actually need for the work you do.
To the right of this post I have created a poll to see what tools you, my loyal readers, would like to see me discuss in a future post (or two). I have listed several tools that are essential for different kinds of operations. If you only had my basic hand tools, which one do you think you need next?
If I don't have a tool you think should be on the list, please let me know in the comments. Also, if you would like to share why you answered the way you did, leave a comment.