Tool Requirements

This is the list of tool requirements for the dovetail classes. For any other classes feel free to email me with questions.
- set of bevel edged chisels 1/8” to 3/4” (if possible)
- bench plane, any one of the following; 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2
- #60 1/2 low angle adjustable mouth block plane is best but any block plane will work.
- steel hammer, not deadblow
- round wooden mallet, not composite head
- 2 pair of dividers, the sharper the points the better, no bigger than 6” please.
- Dovetail saw, sharp and ready to go, filed rip and the thinner the kerf the better.20-25 thou kerf is  excellent Note; Western style saws only
- Fret saw, the blade must be small enough to fit in the saw kerf left by the Dovetail saw
- Dovetail marker, any degree/ratio you like the look of, 1 to 6, 1 to 7, 1 to 8, 14degree etc...
- Machinist squares 2” and 3” if you can find them.
- glue
- marking gauge, any one of the following 3 will work well; Tite Mark, Veritas, Cosman
- Fine tipped Red pen
- Swiss army knife with small blade. Dull is good sharp is very bad. I’m not kidding!
- whatever eyewear you require to be able to see really small stuff. If you can’t see it you can’t cut it!
- Lie-Nielsen #140 skew block plane with fence or equivalent
- sharpening stones at least, 1 - 1000 and 1 - 8000 plus container, spray bottle  and a method to flatten    the stones
- chunk of paraffin wax for plane soles
- a stool to sit on
- depending on the weather, a large floor fan is a good idea.
- anti fatigue mats are good.
- if you have a really good light that you like to use when doing hand work, bring it.
General notes;
All chisels need to be sharp and all saws and hand planes need to be sharp and fettled. This is a dovetail class and we will not be spending time tuning up tools.
Please dress accordingly, no open toed shoes, a dropped chisel on a bare toe really hurts. I keep the shop between 15c and 18c. Dressing in layers is a good idea. Hand tool work can keep you quite warm.
Any tools you don’t have, I do and they are available to you to use during your class.
email me with any tool questions. If you include your contact phone number(s) and a good time to call, we can discuss your questions over the phone.