Reader James Carpenter is trying to put together a list of tools to purchase as a gift for his 6-year-old nephew. Man I wish I’d had an uncle like him. The best present I got from an uncle was a “Men at Work” LP.
In any case, James has been doing a lot of research and come up with this preliminary list. What do you think of his choices?
- 6″ or 8″ sweep Millers Falls 30 series brace with improved Barber chuck without ratchet.
- A nice complete set of auger bits appropriate to the bit brace.
- An auger bit file appropriate for sharpening the auger bits.
- Miller Falls No 2A Hand drill. (Maybe a new $20 Schroeder Hand Drill with Ã?Â¼” chuck)
- Better quality small woodworker’s vise (mounted into a child-sized workbench)
- Coping saw
- Well-made Ryoba or Dozuki Japanese pull saw.
- Appropriate small hammer (likely a 225g Japanese Octagonal hammer)
- Small crow-foot for removing small nails. (I’ll skip this is if the hammer has crow-foot)
- combination square
- tape measure
- Surform tool
- Assortment of slotted and Phillips screwdrivers
- Assortment of small pliers
- possibly a few books
- child safety glasses
- Nice set of appropriate portable toolboxes. This will either be a smaller suitcase style toolbox(s) with wheels, or a few small hand carried toolboxes small enough for my nephew to carry.
- wood glue
- rubber bands for clamps
Roughly speaking, the items higher on the list are better candidates for a used purchase than a new purchase.
If you want to help James spend some money, leave a comment below. Also, check out this article on Charles Hayward’s basic list.
- Christopher Schwarz