RECRE­ATIONAL- OR

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Ask Roy -

hobby wood­work­ing is grow­ing at an as­tound­ing rate in South­ern Africa. But what is the ba­sic set of qual­ity tools you need to get started? We’re talk­ing about good prod­ucts that will last, but not break the bank. The guys at BPM Tool­craft ( tool­craft. co.za) helped us to an­swer this all-im­por­tant ques­tion.

As­sum­ing you al­ready have a tape mea­sure, a sharp pen­cil, and a part­ner with a long list of projects, we sug­gest you start with ten items: (1) Ta­ble saw (small and por­ta­ble), (2) ran­dom or­bit san­der (125 mm di­am­e­ter disc), (3) com­pound mitre saw (also small and por­ta­ble), (4) router, (5) jig­saw, (6) sim­ple join­ery sys­tem, (7) ac­cu­rate square, (8) ba­sic set of four bench chis­els, (9) work­bench, (10) gen­eral hand saw.

With this com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of tools, you can re­ally build al­most any­thing you want out of wood. When it comes to ac­tual tool rec­om­men­da­tions for those of you who might be start­ing out, in­vest in these:

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