Woodwork starter tool kit...

Here is a list of tools, most of which you have used on the course, that you might consider buying as a 'starter kit'. I have created links to Amazon for most of them but you might prefer to buy the tools from your nearest tool shop who should be able to get close to Amazon's prices if you ask them.

· Black and  Decker ‘Workmate’ 626 This is a oollapsible workbench that folds up to an easily storable size and yet provides, a solid surface to work on. It doubles as a woodwork vice.I think the 626 is the best value for money AMAZON LINK


· Axminster Bench Hook This should really be a woodworkers first project but to get a flying start you might want to buy one! Used to saw on to and against to protect your workmate or bench. AXMINSTER LINK


· Spear and Jackson Tenon Saw. A traditionally constructed general purpose 'back' saw that cuts across and along the wood grain. You might want to investigate non-resharpenable alternatives that are throw-away but very good value for money. Here is the Spear and Jackson AMAZON LINK


· Silverline Engineer’s 150mm Trysquare. Used for drawing lines at 90 degrees to an edge and for checking for 'square'.AMAZON LINK 


· Draper Expert Chisel Set A set of six bevel edged chisels, a sharpening stone and sharpening guide. AMAZON LINK


· Am - Tec Beech Wood Mallet Used in conjunction with the chisels. AMAZON LINK


· Irwin Record Jack Plane A quality general purpose bench plane. AMAZON LINK


· Draper 300mm Steel Rule A precision made product with etched scales. Much cheaper alternatives you might want to consider but this make should prove to be a 'lifetime' product AMAZON LINK


· Stanley 5m pocket tape measure. AMAZON LINK


· Stanley knife AMAZON LINK


· Irwin/Marples Mortice/Marking Gauge Combination. An expensive tool but, again, a lifetime product and worth investing in. Two tools in one too! AMAZON LINK


....and a very sharp HB/2H pencil to achieve that +/- 0.1mm accuracy!


Recommended Reading.....

'Woodwork: The Complete Step-by-step Manual [Hardcover] ' Published by Dorling Kindersley ISBN 978-1-4053-3206-4

This LINK will take you to the book on the Amazon site


This is a brilliant (very fat) book and covers everything you have been taught on the courses plus about 399 pages more! It is written by people who know what they are talking about and the photographs show you everything you need to know. Projects at the back. You won't need another book! £10 through Amazon.


Travelling to the course:

The courses are held at my home address in Bounds Green, North London. I will give you full travel details once your booking is confirmed. Bounds Green can be reached easily by tube, bus or road as follows:-


By Tube:

Take the Piccadilly line to Bounds Green station,


By Bus:

Bounds Gren is served by two 'high frequency' bus routes:
The 221 - Edgware - Mill Hill - North Finchley - Friern Barnet - Bounds Green - Turnpike Lane Station
The 102 - Brent X - Golders Green - Muswell Hill - Bounds Green - Lower Edmonton

Both buses stop at Bounds Green tube station .


By Car:

Leave the A406 (North Circular Road) at the Bounds Green Road junction following signs to Bounds Green / Wood Green.


By National Rail:

New Southgate station is served by trains between Welwyn Garden City and Moorgate or Kings Cross. Catch a 221 bus from outside the station to Bounds Green Tube Station . Journey time 4 mins. The 221 is a 'high frequency' bus route.

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For further information:

Phone: 07866158145

Email: ian@signeddesigns.co.uk