Jack planeSteel smoothing plane
9in try square
2ft steel rule
26in crosscut saw, 8 or 9 ppi
10in Tenon saw
Combination mortise and marking gauge
Firmer chisels 3/8in, 1/2in, 3/4in, 1in
Warrington 8oz hammer
Screwdriver, 8in cabinet pattern
Fine nail punch
Ratchet brace, 8in or 10in sweep
Twist bits: 1/4in, 3/8in, 1/2in, 3/4in [Auger bits for the brace]
As a Basic Kit goes, this is not dissimilar to Charles Hayward's - and, I reckon, lacks in much a similar way. Not a bevel edged chisel among them? And in RJK's case, none of them smaller than 3/8in, forsooth?! And no means to efficiently make rebates or grooves either. I'd also have recommended anything but a combination mortise/marking gauge. They seem like a good, and economic idea, but those things eat fingers. So, thus far I'm a little ho-hum. Onwards:
Panel saw 20in, 10 or 12 ppi
Dovetail saw, 22 or 24 ppi
Fore or panel plane in metal [RJK was, of course, a big fan of the infill plane]
Block plane, 60 1/2 or 9 1/2 (both if you can afford them)
Metal fillister Record No.778
Bullnose plane, 1in cutter
Shoulder plane, 1 1/4in cutter
Plough plane or combination with cutters
Bevelled-edge chisels; 5/8in, 7/8in, 1 1/4in
Gouges (obtain as and when needed)
Screwdriver bit [Presumably for the brace]
4in and 12in try squares
Dividers with screw adjustment
Pin hammer, 3oz
Spokeshaves, one flat sole and one round sole
Well this is more like it, and again a lot of similarity with Hayward. Still no narrower chisel listed though, which surprises me - unless we should be blaming a typo somewhere, about which I'm starting to wonder. On the other hand, "plough plane or combination" makes my combination plane-loving little heart swell with love for the late RJK...
Recommending two block planes strikes me as interesting though, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, many a woodworker, the more they do, the less they find themselves using block planes at all - I'm one of them, which is slightly ironic given how many of the darn things I have. The old school, classically-trained woodworker, will often seem to regard the ownership of a block plane at all as utterly superfluous and tend to look at the modern amateur a trifle pityingly for even wondering about getting one. But two?! One low angle and one standard angle? If I recall El Presidente correctly, LV only make a standard angle 'cos the educational establishments call for it - owing to the ham-fisted yoof in days of yore having an uncanny ability to bust the more delicate low angle bed on a 60 1/2. So you gave them a more robust 9 1/2 instead, right? But this is a kit for a novice joiner and/or cabinetmaker - a kit whose list includes an expensive and equally vulnerable shoulder plane - so robustness is not an issue. And if it is, you wouldn't be recommending a 60 1/2 in the first place, would you?
In short, I am, I freely confess, utterly perplexed at the double block recommendation in a supposed Starter Hand Tool Kit. Any reader who cares to enlighten me, the comments box welcomes you with open arms - there may even be tea and biscuits.
On the whole I'm still inclined to favour John Brown's list as being the most comprehensive and avoiding the trap of trying to give a pared down list of "basics" that really, IMO, fall just short of being truly useful. Only black mark is his lack of a plough plane. Sigh. Anyway, comparing them all, it does give a fairly good idea of what really are the essentials, and which are the individual's pet likes. You never know, that might be useful to someone.