woodworking handtool courses

tools required or desired.

'A bad workman always blames his tools' as the old saying goes, but is this correct? It might be, but without good properly tuned tools a good craftsman is unable to carry out the work to the desired level.

At robinson house studio we pay particular attention to tool selection and preparation. A handplane purchased new, straight out of the box may require many hours before it is truly ready for fine woodwork. We cover all these aspects on our courses. A suggested tool kit is listed opposite.


Marc's suggested tool kit

  • handplane - number 5 1/2 bench plane
  • chisels - set of five bevel edged
  • rulers - steel metric 150mm- 1000mm
  • marking gauge - wheel type
  • blockplane - low angle adj mouth
  • handsaw - dovetail around 15ppi
  • engineering square - 75mm
  • vernier gauge - 150mm digital
  • straight edge - 600mm
  • scalpel - small handle using 10A blades
  • Piercing saw - 100mm throat
  • 45 degree mitre square - steel
  • marking knife - single centred bevel
  • dividers - steel
  • bevel gauge

tool suppliers and costs

Classic Hand Tools www.classichandtools.com

Workshop Heaven www.workshopheaven.com

Axminster Power Tools www.axminster.co.uk

A basic tool kit will cost you between £600 - £1000

When you have booked a course we will have a meeting to discuss your tool options, a detailed list of exactly what tools to buy is discussed. We have no connection to any tool manufacturer so we can be totally unbiased.