Originally Posted by Christopher Sturgill
Trying to get into hand woodworking and would like to know what would compile a full set of hand planes or what tools should I ask for Christmas.....
Lots of good suggestions.
I am a hybrid ww'er so although I don't have an exhaustive collection of hand tools, I have about every one I think I'll ever need.
I strongly recommend buying buy the best quality tools you can, right from the start. I made the same mistake many do starting out: I bought cheap tools for a couple reasons, I wasn't sure of my dedication, I thought it would be a good way to get my feet wet (BIG mistake!!) and in some way I didn't feel "worthy" using tools that maybe a master would use.
Second, don't buy a tool because you "think" you need it. Get a basic set and go from there. I've tried to follow this and proud to say the only tool I have I never use a side rabbet plane.
What using cheap tools resulted in was frustration and me doubting my skills. Here are a few suggestions and brands that I have experience with and recommend:
I agree the planes to start out with are a #4 and a low angle block plane. WoodRiver is a good value. Lie Nielsen is the best.
For chisels, a good starter set are the blue handle Irwin Marples. They are a bit on the heavy side so not the best for dovetails, but they sharpen up well and are a good value. Be prepared to do some work flattening the backs. The Narex premium set is a good joinery chisel. Not the best edge retention, but a good value. Again, Lie Nielsen is the gold standard.
I good cross cut and rip back saw. Veritas/LN
Measuring/marking. Lee Valley has a good selection of quality tools.
Sharpening supplies - a whole 'nother thread, but you will have to decide between sandpaper, water stones and diamond stones.
Here a some of mine, I've since updated but you get the idea. Good luck!!