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This a PowerPoint that includes a list of the minimal list of tools needed to start traditional hand tool woodworking. It breaks down the basic groups of hand tools, provides a list of tool makers, professional woodworkers, woodworking instruction, and educational tools to start a journey into hand tool woodworking at a researched minimum level of the tools needed to get started on an economical budget. Have fun! Let me know if it helps.
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Vic Tesolin is known as “The Minimalist Woodworker.” You’ll see what that means when we show you how many tools he has stashed away in his shop.

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  1. I like the idea of a minimalist tool set, but I'd make some changes. I would replace the block plane with a Stanley N.4 (or equivalent). It can do what the block plane does and much more. I would add another type of saw, one without a back, so you can cut larger pieces of wood. And lastly, you need something to drill holes, even if it's just pilot holes for your screws.

  2. THANK YOU EVERYONE WATCHED AND COMMENTED ON THIS VIDEO/SLIDESHOW. I'm sorry I'm just now getting back to following up comments. Had some major medical issues impact my family through the years that had me on the ropes a while. Great to be back in the shop.

  3. i like the idea of minimalist woodworking tool set. I have bought so many tools over the years it has broke me and has not really made me a better carpenter.

  4. Ah!  Regarding your comment about cordless screwdrivers:  I tried cordless drills for a while, but eventually realized that a $30 *corded* drill was more robust than a $60 *cordless* drill.

    Except for my bench-mounted grinding wheel, and my power drill, I guess I'm a hand-tool woodworker.  🙂

    I tend to salvage wood from short lengths of log, split it out, let it season, and then clean it up.  So I have some splitting wedges, and a coarse-set smoothing plane as a scrub plane, too.

    But, I like your list.  🙂

    –GG

  5. I'm of a similar mind.  Although I'd probably throw in a router plane and a smoothing plane.  But it depends on what you're building.

    When I got into woodworking, I'd grab all sorts of used chisels, hammers, saws etc. from garage sales.  But the more I actually started *building* things, the more I realized that I'd do 90% of my work with the same chisel, the same hammer, the same saw…  😉

    –GG

  6. People often forget that axes are still used the world over to quickly dimension stock, rough or otherwise. That and the radial arm saw does a lot of what the circ saw setup here will do. There are tons of radial arm saws gathering dust in the US – as if we have abandoned them completely? Great video – there are so many ways to go about working wood, especially for those of us with very limited space.

  7. a Millimetre is 1/25.4th of an inch, but add 25 of them together and you get…. 25!, try this with 3/16+13/64+3/4.. CAN'T , without a calculator, hats off if you can do it like your grandfather could in their heads!!!

  8. Vic – I watched this a while ago, this video and one David Picciuto made (Make Something) inspired me to improve my own workshop…I put in a whole lot of extra storage, new assembly bench, cupboards and drawers…and I still end up with tools everywhere (can't quite decide where to store them) off-cuts from various projects I don't want to throw away – is there a point when you just say damn, throw it away, you'll never use it (and probably couldn't find it anyway if you wanted to). How do you dicipline yourself to work in a smaller shop?

  9. I have a similar setup. No need for a massive table saw, i do all my cross cutting using my Festool ts75. Bandsaw takes care of the rest. The benefit of this system is you can use the ts75 to do large slab work, edge jointing and break down large sheet goods. who the hell wants to wrestle a 4×8 sheet of lumber unto a table saw? i sure don't.

  10. This is the kind of shop I’m hoping to build at my new home. I have all the same tools listed due to a small space (450 sq for). Though I do want a bigger bandsaw to do resawing. The Nicholson bench is interesting and it’s cool to see Vic use it.

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