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Core Tools

Core Tools

Core Tools

The Core Tool Concept can help demystify the world of hand tools for people who are just getting started with hand tool woodworking.

A simple set of core hand tools enables you to efficiently and safely build furniture in a small shop, for a fraction of the cost and space required for power tools to do the same things. Not only is each core tool capable of performing a variety of tasks individually, but they offer virtually limitless possibilities when they work together as a set. The collection below is pared down to a minimum but you will definitly be able to create beautiful items with these tools.

Core Tools Unless you are already a seasoned hand tool woodworker, the vast array of hand tool choices in today's market may seem overwhelming. Here are some tips for choosing core tools for furniture building.

Everyone needs a Block Plane, and our No. 60½ Adjustable Mouth Block Plane is the most versatile design. If you start with rough wood, the next tool you need is a Jack Plane . Next (or if you start with pre-surfaced wood), comes a flattening tool, which would be a Jointer Plane, usually a No. 7 or 8. For finishing surfaces you will need a Smoother – to begin with add a second blade (with a camber) to your No. 5 Jack, it will be an excellent smoother, but ultimately a you will want a No. 4 or 4½ as a dedicated smoother. Then, consider Joinery Planes, like the Router Planes, depending on your work.

Marking Sets:
Fine furniture making requires skill and fine tools, overlooked in this process are marking tools, making accurate marks and lines to work to, is vital to precise work. We have put together a set of tools that will enable accurate and beautiful work. Like all the core tools start with what you need for the project at hand, and get others as you require them, your work will dictate the necessary tool.  

Start with a couple of sizes, or the five piece set. Our chisels only need a light honing to get started.

For joinery, start with a Tapered Dovetail Saw. Next, you will need a Tapered Crosscut Saw – the Carcass Saw -- and later a Tapered Tenon Saw. Especially when sawing, remember: let the tool do the work.

Often overlooked, a good bench is essential for hand tool work. A well designed bench holds your boards so you can easily work the faces, edges and ends of your pieces. Good benches and our vise hardware are designed to be rugged and effective at holding the work for a variety of operations.

Classes: Bookings are open for classes in Adelaide, in practice and theory sessions around hand tools and hand tool work-practices, i.e. sharpening (obviously), how to setup the tools and use them, how to construct and use important jigs, different timber types and uses, fasteners, some joints and their uses, benches and why they are all important to hand tools. Because we have to limit attendance to 8 per class, please email or ring us for bookings, address and other  details. Dates to be posted.

or ph:08 82728701


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Blue Spruce 16oz Round Mallet Jarrah/ Maple/fancy
A beautiful and durable 1 lb mallet for your finest work. The maple head is infused with acrylic ..
AUD $ 199.00
Blue Spruce Awl Birds Cage
Blue Spruce Toolworks MSys marking knives and awls are the finest marking tools available. The St..
AUD $ 154.00
Blue Spruce Marking Knife Set
Blue Spruce Toolworks MSys marking knives and awls are the finest marking tools available. The si..
AUD $ 180.00
Large Router Plane
  Large Router Planes A router plane is a great tool for working shallow mor..
AUD $ 315.00
Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane
Adjustable Mouth Block Planes These Iron Block Planes are 6¼" long with a 1-3/8" (3.49cm) x ..
AUD $ 309.00
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No. 5 Jack Plane
No. 5 Jack Plane The Jack Plane We teach our classes using this versatile core tool, beca..
AUD $ 675.00
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Starrett Combination Square Set 300mm-metric
Combination Square Set   9M-300 300mm Combination Set with Square, Center and Non-re..
AUD $ 399.00
Blue Spruce MSys Joiners Knife
Blue Spruce Toolworks MSys marking knives and awls are the finest marking tools available. The do..
AUD $ 189.00
Panel Saw Crosscut 12 ppi
  Panel Saws Panel saws are small saws often used around the shop where cuts d..
AUD $ 419.00
Starrett Combination Square 300mm
Combination Squares Cast iron heads: No. 11HC Series with reversible lock bolts, scriber, ..
AUD $ 279.00
Tapered Carcass Saw
  Tapered Crosscut Saw Our Tapered Crosscut Saw is patterned after our Carcass Saw&n..
AUD $ 279.00
Tite-Mark Long
Tite-Mark Long The heart of the Tite-Mark is its micro-adjustable fence. Slide the fence clos..
AUD $ 190.00
Tapered Dovetail Saw
  Tapered Dovetail Saw The Tapered Dovetail Saw has a ¼” taper along the length..
AUD $ 249.00
Tapered Tenon Saw
  Tapered Tenon Saw Our Tapered Tenon Saw is the same in all respects as our Thin Pl..
AUD $ 385.00
Set of 5 Chisels without Tool Roll
Bevel Edge Socket Chisels Lie-Nielsen Chisels are based on the Stanley 750 Bevel Edge Socket Ch..
AUD $ 579.00