10 essential hand tools
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Back to the basics
Power tools can take you only so far in woodworking, so your understanding of hand tools is key if you aim to do good work. The trouble is, the usefulness of power tools has overshadowed hand tools to the point at which good ones are hard to pick out from the crowd. Many manufacturers also have lowered the bar on hand-tool quality, so you really need to know the difference between good and bad gear before you buy. There are 10 hand tools that I’ve come to consider essential during my first 30 years of figuring out how to make good things happen with wood.
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