Go to any product review site, especially those on choosing tools for DIY wood-based products, and you will always pick up the standard practice of listing pros and cons. Go to any easy to use beginner’s guide on new DIY wood working projects and you are likely to find warnings being issued on what not to do or on deficiencies in purpose where certain wood working tools are concerned. Quite frankly, we eschew the negative points raised and always focus on the positives.
The sentiments raised in this short note are designed to encourage and motivate you towards your first DIY project without any further delay, sharing selected anecdotes from practiced wood workers. Using hand-based tools is now not a challenge after all when seen against the over-saturation of mechanized tools designed to make life easier for the DIY project man (or woman). What using hand tools essentially mean is that you will be acquiring first-hand the essential skills required to master wood working.
It goes without saying that practice makes perfect. Let’s take both the standard hand saw (read sawzall aka reciprocating saw reviews) and plane as examples. Over time, when the skills have been acquired, you will be able to cut any compound angle imaginable. The possibilities are limitless when skillful use of the plane is acquired. With practice and training on the basic tools, a zone of comfort can be achieved without the need to acquire additional and unnecessary tools.
Let us now remind beginners of the three basic tools that will only be needed to start off with. Add the saw, plane and chisel to your first set straight away. Over time, you will learn that you can pretty much build anything small from these three tools. Not only do you save money on this small set, you will also save on space.