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Garrett Hack's Tool List


Set of 4 - 6 bench chisels   1”, 3/4”, 1/2”,  1/4”, 5/16" — the more sizes the better.

Mallet  make one if you can’t find one you like. The standard hammer type is okay, or a round one shaped like half a rolling pin

Fine bladed marking knife  Less than a buck and widely available, retractable plastic knives with breakoff blades are great.


6” or 12” square  An adjustable square is fine — the blade is a useful straight edge — but so is a fixed square. I carry a 6” square in my pocket for many uses besides checking squareness.  Buy the best square you can afford; my first choice for any precision measuring tool is a Starret.

A #4 and/or #5 bench plane. Some of you will prefer a smaller plane such as a #3, or a wider #4-1/2. This is a tool that you will rely on constantly for a whole range of smoothing, cutting bevels, jointing short surfaces, and on and on. Avoid Stanley Handyman and cheaper planes — they will be a constant frustration. Older Stanleys can be very good, and work even better with a thick replacement iron (Hock or Lie-Nielsen). Lie-Nielsen and Lee Valley make excellent tools that need little tuning and feel wonderful right out of the box. Buy iron not bronze.         

Low angle block plane The Stanley and Record will work, but the Lie-Nielsen #60-1/2 is far superior.  If you buy yourself only one new tool for this class, make it a good low angle block plane.

Hand (card) scraper  I prefer thicker scrapers over the very flexible thin ones. One should last nearly a lifetime.

Burnisher  oval or triangular, for tuning scrapers and easing in string inlays. I made mine out of old files.

Fine toothed dovetail or small backsaw  Any backsaw will work for cutting small pieces for inlay work. The finer the saw the better.

6", 8", or 10” mill file and round chain saw file, any size fine. We’ll use these to make scratchstocks.

Marking or cutting gauge One with a wheel or knife, either okay, for slicing the sting inlay material

6" to 10" sliding bevel gauge




Last Modified 2012-11-05 14:33:10