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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?¼” 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. 


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