Tool List for Dovetailed Step Stool Workshop These are
Tool List for Dovetailed Step Stool Workshop
These are the required and optional tools that you’ll need to successfully participate in the dovetailed
step stool workshop. You can purchase these tools in person in the greater Los Angeles area or online.
Consider visiting the Rockler closest to you or Eagle Tools on San Fernando Road in east Los Angeles.
Austin Hardwoods & Hardware is a great woodworking store in Santa Ana. Lee Valley Tools, Japan
Woodworker and Woodcraft are options for an extensive online tool selection.
Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or [email protected] if you have any
questions about tool purchases. We love to talk tools!
Pencils and eraser
Measuring tool: a tape measure or ruler will do.
Mallet: Shop Fox makes a nice, inexpensive brass mallet.
Bench chisel set (or at least a couple smaller chisels and a larger one like a 3/4”): Chisels range in
price and quality. Irwin makes the good entry level Marples chisels, but you can spend more on
brands like Veritas (PM-V11), Lie-Nielsen, and many others.
Sharpening stones: EITHER Norton 1000 grit and 4000/8000 grit water stones, combination grit
60/600 oil stone or multiple grit diamond stones.
Marking knife or utility knife
Dovetail saw (20+ teeth/inch): There are numerous ones on the market, including those made
by Crown, Lee Valley/Veritas, Dozuki, and Lie-Nielsen. We highly recommend the Zona saw for
cutting dovetails - very cheap and small kerf!
Block plane: Stanley makes a good affordable one, but again you can spend more on other
● Combination square: Starrett makes an excellent square in both 6” and 12”, but there are less
expensive options available.
● Safety glasses and ear protection (will be provided but feel free to purchase your own pair)
● Marking gauge: There are a variety of Japanese and Western-style marking gauges that range in
price. Japan Woodworker has a good range of them on its website. You only need a
single-bladed marking gauge instead of a marking gauge or simple utility knife if you choose to
go this route.
● Bevel gauge: Stanley or any other kind.
● Smoothing plane: Stanley #4 is the best entry level plane, but you can more expensive with
many of the other brands mentioned elsewhere on this list.
Required Hand Tools
Counterclockwise from top left: Zona dovetail saw, Starrett 6” rule, Lie-Nielsen low angle adjustable
mouth block plane, Japanese chisels, Shop Fox brass mallet, Glen-Drake Tite-Mark marking gauge,
Norton water stones, Ron Hock marking knife, 4H pencils, eraser