tools do I need?” is the first question asked by the
new home worker, once he has decided to start a shop
of his own.
With a well filled
purse, there is some danger he will buy too many
tools, or the wrong types. If his tool capital is
limited, he is likely to buy a stock group of
low-priced, second-grade equipment. In either case,
he lacks the definite knowledge with which to select
his initial tools wisely and economically.
At the outset, the
new worker should keep these points in mind. First,
buy only the tools he really needs. Second, buy only
the best tools; it is better to choose a few good
tools rather than several cheap ones. Third, learn
to use the new tools correctly.
As he gains
experience, he will not need so much outside advice
as to what tools to buy for his work, finances, shop
space, and other individual factors will guide him
Once the new shop is
started, the worker may add tools as he needs them,
buying a new tool each week or month until the shop
equipment is complete for his requirements.
To assist the
beginner in selecting his initial tools, we suggest
three lists, which may be adjusted to suit
This booklet was made available by Mark Stansbury.
Mark designed and maintains several websites dedicated to
hand tools of 19th century. Here are a few links that will take
you to his sites: