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Posted on What tools do you put in a portable kit?

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 06:28 PM

That will be largely dependent on what you want to do when you travel, and what materials you’ll be working with.

When I used to bring stuff to my parents’ house to work on stuff, I would bring the following:

Planes: a jack plane (#5), a jointer plane (#7), and a pair of smoothers (#4-1/2 later replaced by #5-1/2, and a #3). I also brought a block plane, and depending on what I was doing, I’d bring a router or #45 as well.

Saws: X-cut panel saw, pair of tenon saws (one rip, one x-cut).

Chisels: The Stanley Bailey set in the leather roll, but later swapped out for Ashley Iles.

Other than that, I had a marking gauge, a combination square, occasionally a pair of dividers, pencil, marking knife, a mallet (hard/soft rubber cheap thing), tape measure, and a handful of clamps that I kept at their place.

Keep in mind that I was always traveling there specifically to work on something, and often used power tools like a circular saw or jig saw, and worked primarily with S4S stock.

If I were going for barebones minimal now, and planning on using rough stock, I’d probably consider the following

Rip panel saw, x-cut panel saw, x-cut tenon, small rip tenon or dovetail saw. Wooden jack plane, #62, #164, #3, #101, a #45 if the work called for it, and a router plane. My Ashley Iles chisels, mallet, combination square, marking knife, a marking gauge (Stanley #77 mortise gauge), tape measure, and my bench pencil with notepad.

If I weren’t working with rough cut, I’d skip the wooden jack and probably x-cut panel saw.

I think you’d be surprised with how much you can do with very few tools, if you’re creative. I worked that way for a while because that was all I had

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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