New Canuck Workshop


There was a fair amount of research that went into the collection thus far. One problem was a conflicted desire to get some projects done as quickly as possible versus trying to build things the best way possible. It almost, but not quite, came down to a power versus hand tool argument… almost. In the end, I think I’ve managed to accumulate a decent enough inventory of tools to do both.

The process started with the abundant lists of tools that seem to float around the web. This lead to poring over the annual tool issues from Fine Woodworking/Fine Homebuilding. Krenov lists a number of tools in A Cabinetmaker’s Notebook (Woodworker’s Library) which mirrors the lists from any number of woodworkers of that generation. There was also the “I Can Do That" tool list, which is more rudimentary, but serves as a good starting point nonetheless. In the end, I landed on a rather extensive list from Hayward and advice from Chris Schwarz.

Although, I couldn’t get myself to skip the tablesaw completely for a bandsaw given the overwhelming use of it. I will say, the very first purchase I made was the Blue Spruce Marking Knife. It is (as far as I’m concerned) exquisitely made, highly regarded and the owner is great as well. Although, I will say that I’ve yet to contact a person related to woodworking that hasn’t been generous with their time and knowledge.

Hand Tools

Blue Spruce

Small Marking Knife

Brass City Records

1 1/2” Stanley No. 720 Bevel Edge Socket Chisel

Disston No. 7 26” Rip Saw

Forever misplaced (i.e. lost) by Canada Post

No. 5 Stanley Bench Plane

10” Brace

Lee Valley & Veritas

4 1/2” Beech Mallet

Flat Spokeshave (A2)

Large Router Plane

8” Cabinet Rasp (Smooth)

Scrub Plane (A2)

Coping Saw

Skew Rabbet Plane (RH)


Carcase Saw

Thin Plate Dovetail Saw

16” Tenon Saw (Rip)

Low Angle Adjustable Mouth (LAAM) Block Plane

No. 4 High Angle Frog (HAF) Bench Plane

No. 7 High Angle Frog (HAF) Bench Plane

1/4” (A2) 1/2” (A2) 3/4” (O1) Bevel Edge Socket Chisel

Tools for Working Wood

1/4” Ray Iles Mortise Chisel

Gramercy Holdfasts

Power Tools

Powermatic PM2000 3HP 52” Left-tilt Tablesaw

Laguna Tools 10” Platinum Jointer/Planer

Woodpecker PRP2 Router Table, Lift & Fence

Milwaukee 05626 3 1/2 HP EVS Router Motor w/Jess-Em Speed Control

General 75-150 M1 13 3/8” Drill Press

Festool CT22 Dust Collector

Festool ETS 125EQ RO Palm Sander

Bosch STN15018 1 1/2” 18 Gauge Narrow Crown Stapler

Campbell Hausfeld 1 GAL Pancake Compressor

Bosch 1591EVSK Barrel Grip Jigsaw

Bosch 18V Litheon Hammer Drill

Bosch 18V Litheon Impact Driver


Lee Valley & Veritas

4” Divider

4” Compass

2” Steel Square

1:6 & 1:8 Dovetail Markers

6” Cabinetmaker’s Rule

36” Steel Straightedge

Dial Gauge and Magnetic Base

10” Shinwa Bevel Gauge

Tite-Mark Long w/Mortise Blades

Tite-Mark MIni

Starret 12” Combination Square


Earlex Spray Station HV5000


Lee Valley & Veritas

Glass lapping plate

1 3/8” & 1 1/2” HSS Saw Tooth Bit

1/4” - 1” (1/8” increments) Forstners - HSS

#5-8, #10 Countersink/Counterbore Bits

1/8” - 1/2” (1/8” increments) BP Drill Bits

Timber Check Meter

Shapton 1000/4000/8000 Glass Stones

DMT 8” Dia-Sharp Fine

Richard Kell No. 2 Honing Guide

Bessey Revo K Bar Clamps 4x24” 4x50”

Irwin Quick Clamps 8 x 12”

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