Woodworking Tool Suppliers

 

The accompanying article “Setting Up Shop: Woodworking” by Frank Strazza was featured in the  Spring 2012 issue of the SustainLife journal.

Suppliers of New Tools

Lie-Nielsen tool works

800-327-2520
www.lie-nielsen.com
Makers of the finest quality heirloom woodworking tools.

Lee Valley tools

800-871-8158
www.leevalley.com
Makers and suppliers of woodworking tools, plans, books and specialist equipment. They also have a large inventory of hardware.

Tools for Working Wood

800-426-4613
www.toolsforworkingwood.com
Suppliers of fine tools, books, videos and accessories for the woodworker.

Craftsman Studio

888-500-9093
www.craftsmanstudio.com
Suppliers of fine quality hand tools and books.

Highland Hardware

800-241-6748
www.highlandhardware.com
Woodworking equipment and tools, plans, books and specialist equipment.

Woodcraft

800-225-1153
www.woodcraft.com
Woodworking equipment and tools, plans and books. They have a location in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio as well as various locations around the country. It is nice to be able to walk into a store and look at the tools you are buying.

Suppliers of Used Tools

 

Patrick Leach

The Superior Works
www.supertool.com
leach@supertool.com
Expect to pay more than what you will find on eBay, but Patrick has good used tools.

Josh Clark

Hyperkitten
www.hyperkitten.com
jclark@hyperkitten.com
Josh has great user grade tools at a great price. He has a list of tools that he sends out via email; just be prepared to respond fast, as he usually sells out in the first couple of hours after sending his email.

Jim Bode

Jim Bode Tools
www.jimbodetools.com
518-537-8665
Jim has good tools and is nice to work with.

Craigslist

www.craigslist.org
Craigslist is a great place to find used tools from an estate or from someone that is not interested in woodworking anymore. Just watch for spam.

eBay

www.ebay.com
eBay is a great place to find old tools. The only problem is often you are not buying from someone who knows what they are selling like the above sellers do. You will be buying from pictures only, and if you don’t know what you are looking for, it can be risky. I have gotten many good tools and also have gotten some bad ones.

Estate Sales, Yard Sales, Flea Markets and Antique Stores

These are my favorite places to find old tools. I like the challenge and reward of the hunt. Plus you get to actually pick up the tool and look at it before you make the decision to take it home. On the other hand, when I was younger and did not know what I was looking for, I collected some tools that are not usable.

 


Frank Strazza
The Ploughshare School of Woodworking

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