Hand tools play an important part in my woodworking and share equal status in my shop with my power tools. I am not a purist; I love the efficiency of powertools, but there are many things which you just can’t do easily/safely with powertools and occasionally it is quicker to use hand tools than to fiddle around with jigs/test pieces/machine setup with powertools.
First pics are of my handtool cabinet; as my collection is growing this cabinet seems to be shrinking…Chisels are a mix of Japanese and Western, the Western style saws on the left get very little use anymore since I discovered Japanese saws; I know everyone is different but I love the speed and accuracy of a pullsaw…
Small collection of block planes; left to right; Miller Falls no. 16 (which gets almost no use, the mouth doesn’t close up tight enough), LN, Veritas skew (awesome for tenon shoulders); a couple shoulder planes and a cabinet scraper.
Hand planes; a couple Stanley no. 4’s that I refurbed and the workhorse of my shop the Veritas bevel up jointer plane, which gets 95% of the use in my shop for everything from rough flattening to smoothing.
A completely useless plane functionally but beautiful to look at, Miller Falls no 709 “Buck Rogers”
Last is a brace I’m in the process of refurbing; a Miller Falls 772
-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario