‘Best $20 I Ever Spent’

Bargain tools can change and challenge the way we work with wood.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 68-71

From the August 2006 issue #156
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Woodworking magazines present a distorted view of reality. We show ourselves working on projects using the latest and greatest tools, and it’s easy to start thinking you really need this stuff to do good work. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun to use a $600 ultra-precise plunge router to cut mortises and it’s very cool to take a shaving you can see through with a high-end handplane. But many of the tools that make a difference in the way we work, the ones we wouldn’t want to live without, are often some cheap, funky-looking things we’ve had for years and picked up for a song.

From the August 2006 issue #156
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