This would be your typical assortment of tools when it comes to any of your woodworking projects. This is not necessarily perfect or ideal, but you work with what you have. Someday I hope to have the perfect collection of carpentry tools, but I find that an assortment of tools such as these get the job done regardless.
It doesn’t take long to figure out what woodworking tools you need on any given project. You have to start somewhere with your collection. I have started my collection of carpentry tools since the beginning, 30 years ago. Some, I have acquired from my dad and grandfather, but I have only used a few of their tools over the years.
As you work on one project to another, you begin to acquire more and more tools along the way. You grow attached to certain tools over the years. I have a few favorites, such as a square that I bought in ’82 when I lived in Connecticut. I have used this tool on every project since then. I also use an old model belt sander, which has lasted forever. The older model that I have makes it easy for me to hold it in my hand at different angles. The handle makes it really convenient. I bought a newer model not realizing that they changed the shape of the handle and found it not nearly as useful as it’s happy cousin, it now sits on my hall of shame.
I think the reason why I have been able to use a few of these loyal carpentry tools is because I make sure
to keep these tools oiled, sharpened and accurately set up. That is probably why some of these tools have been able to last for so long.
This brings me to my next point. Tools that function properly and the right selection that can be portable, makes life a lot easier. When you are working on a project out of state, you will need at set up like this, which is what I had to do when building a custom library for my brother.