Woodworking Travel #3: The well equipped woodworking traveller

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Blog entry by Woodfix posted 10-19-2012 12:56 PM 3673 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Getting closer now, exactly one month till I leave for my ultimate American wood working trip. I have booked a course at Woodcraft and I am trying to coordinate something at Highland Woodworking. But more on the itinery when it iis more final.

This entry is about my travelling tool kit.

I bought this case to take some of my tools to my WW classes. After much agonizing I have concluded that if I am going to achieve anything WW while in the US I need some of my basic tools with me. Luckily I am traveling with my 5 year old son, who gets a full baggage allocation.

What am I putting in it, glad you asked.

Chisels, marking tools and compass, small compound square, small engineer’s square, larger engineer’s square, rulers, scraper, dividers, small adjustable bevel, marking gauge, marking knife, shoulder plane, block plane, mallet, coping saw, fret saw, Japanese saw (with interchangeable blades), dovetail gauge, paring block, pencil marking gauge and spoke shave.

I am also taking my honing guide, framing squares, and diamond honing block.

I cannot take too much more because the case will be too heavy to carry or even move.

I will be buying some tools while I am there to supplement this lot and to add to my collection at home.

So any thought on my selection.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-19-2012 01:34 PM

Good luck and safe travels o your trip!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Scott R. Turner

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 04:25 PM

It’s an interesting question—what’s the minimal set of woodworking tools you need? Looking at your layout I see a number of things I’d view as redundant. For example, why have a dovetail gauge if you have a bevel gauge? Calipers & a compass? A fret saw and a jeweler’s saw? And I probably wouldn’t pack a mallet, figuring that it’s heavy, takes up a lot of room, and a cheap $4 rubber mallet makes a workable replacement.

Also, I wouldn’t photo my tools on what appears to be a blood-soaked mattress cover, but maybe that’s just me.

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#3 posted 10-19-2012 09:15 PM

It’s actually red paint, but you are right. And some Cedar tint that I knocked over.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 11:16 PM

OK sound like a great way to go visit a distant sister, so where is the update and the photos of the body parts wrapped in the mattress cover!! (tee hee)

-- Regards Rob

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