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In “Some Tools You DON’T Need When Starting Woodworking,” Jon from Lincoln St. Woodworks offers a refreshing perspective on woodworking tools, focusing on what beginners might not need, despite the common urge to buy them.

This video is a valuable resource for anyone starting in woodworking, providing insights into avoiding unnecessary purchases and focusing on what truly matters.

Jon begins by addressing the allure of the Kreg Jig, a popular tool for creating pocket holes. While acknowledging its utility, he points out that the entry-level model requires additional clamping to prevent it from moving during use.

Jon suggests that investing in the more expensive Kreg K4 from the start is a better value, as it’s more efficient and less frustrating to use.

He then discusses the misconception around needing specialized clamps for achieving 90-degree angles. Jon criticizes certain products like the Bessy 90-degree clamp for being cumbersome and not always reliable.

Instead, he recommends making your own 90-degree clamps from scrap plywood or investing in affordable alternatives from FastCap, which provide great value and functionality.

Jon also touches on the importance of choosing the right clamps, cautioning against the allure of cheap options from places like Harbor Freight.

While some of their clamps, like the spring and F-style clamps, are surprisingly good, their quick-release trigger clamps are advised against. Jon prefers the smoother, more reliable operation of Dewalt or Irwin clamps, suggesting they’re a better investment for serious woodworking.

Measuring tapes are another area where Jon offers sage advice, emphasizing the importance of choosing one that clearly marks fractional measurements to avoid common measuring errors. This simple choice can significantly improve accuracy and confidence in measurements.

Lastly, Jon discusses hand saws, advising against the typical hand saws found at home centers, which are more suited for rough carpentry than fine woodworking.

He recommends Japanese pull saws as a versatile and efficient alternative for furniture making, highlighting their precision and flexibility for different types of cuts.

Jon’s video is not just about what tools to avoid; it’s about making smart choices that enhance the woodworking experience without overspending on unnecessary or inefficient tools.

His advice helps beginners focus their budgets and efforts on tools that will genuinely improve their craft.

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