Professional quality tools are expected to last a life time. They deliver precision results without requiring unusual exertion.
Here is a brief description of the tools we like best and where to find them.
Veritas Bevel-Up Jack plane
Every timber framer should have a 1-1/2 inch and a 2 inch chisel. The finest forged chisels come from Quenton Barr. These tools are strong. Well balanced, they come SO sharp that we teach students to keep them end covered or sheathed when not in use. The reason is that if you leave a Barr chisel sitting on a table and happen to brush it with your arm, the resulting cut can be painless – but deep
Keep your blades and tools as sharp as a razor with Tormek water bath slow speed grinder