JapaneseDovetail Saw - Cuts on the pull stroke allowing for thinner, harder, sharper teeth (that means better cuts). This one has fine teeth on
one side and very fine on the other. It also can be set to limit the depth of cut automatically.
Chisels - This set has a the most commonly needed
sizes and a wood case.
Drill - I would recommed a set with a two batteries, charger, and case.
Marking Rule - Improve a ruler? They did! Little slots ensure your pencil line is exactly on the mark. This set of three has a large T-rule,
a straight ruler, and a corner ruler to help you mark around the sides of a corner. They
make a protractor too.
Stones - The secret to carving well is to learn to sharpen well. Diamond stones are low maintenance.
Saw - Use this saw to cut pieces with complex curves -- figures and gears.
This model has a built-in sander. I like that! The cheaper alteranative is to invest in a good coping saw.
- I have a small benchtop model that I use often. With tuning, this one has worked great
for automaton-related cutting.
Drill Press - It's hard to overestimate the
importance of straight, square holes -- and that's hard to do freehand. I have a benchtop one like this. A nice way to
make perfect cirlces is with a fly cutter mounted in your drill
press. Another great secondary use is to buy the parts to use your drill press as a drum sander
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