As a Carpenter's daughter I was brought up with wood shavings in my hair and the perfume of fresh wood... Spent many hours just watching my Dad chisel,plane and sand. I wanted to carry on the family tradition but the Mammy wasn't having any of it... " You are going to University etc etc" so I'm only now in my old age getting my workshop in order. All Dads tools were left in Ireland with the cousins so I'm starting from scratch. Any ideas for good hand tools recommendations for brands etc.. Ive invested in a Stanley planer and some good quality chisels. My first project will be a good strong bench then I will at least have a work area started... Wish me luck.
Fantastic to have you join us @Fitzie. Many thanks for introducing yourself and a very warm welcome to the Workshop community. We're sure you'll fit right in and will get lots of inspiration and advice from our helpful and creative members.
You might like to start by searching for some of the workbenches that have been shared, for example:
Let me tag some of our experienced woodworkers for you in regards to your question about tool recommendations. It is always a popular topic!
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Hey @Fitzie welco to the workshop community. Tools and brands really come down to personal choice at the end of the day. For me I’m a Makita fan pretty much all my power tools are Makita. Setting up can be a costly exercise but it’s worth buying quality tools from the get go.
My my suggestion is you have a look online at a few different plans for the work bench you want to build to get an idea of what tools they suggest you might need to get the job done and go out and buy the best quality tools in your opinion that you can afford.
Are you planning on using new timber or recycled timber/ materials? That may affect what tools you will require also.
My my suggestion is a set of brushless drills, impact driver and hammer drill. Definitely worth spending extra to have brushless.
A drop saw is definitely a must in my opinion for accurate cutting.
blower for cleaning up.
There is Just a list of a few tools I use everyday. I hope that helps you a little bit. Any other questions feel free to ask me or anyone else here. There really is a wealth of knowledge in this community.