A list of basic woodworking tools


Anyone who consider getting into woodworking either as a business or as a hobby needs a basic set of tools, which in skilled hands can create wonders. Today, we’re bringing you a list of tools that you should have in order to be able to process the wood from logs and planks to final items. This article will be updated  and expanded with additional tools that we think it will answer your main question: What tools I need to get into woodworking?

1. Jointers and planers

Jointers are used to flatten the face of fresh boards. When you buy boards they are usually warped, bowed or twisted. With jointer, you get them into flat face and after that, you can also use it to straighten and square the edges of the board.

Once you finish jointing the boards, you can use planer to make the board with equal thickness from end-to-end. That way, you will have boards that have identical thickness which makes it easier for you to use in your project without deviations.

2. Circular saw, for rough dimensioning

Circular saw is probably one of the most known tools for woodworking. It is an electric saw, that is used to quickly and easy cut wood into desired shape.

Typically, circular saws are divided into three types:

  • Hand-held circular saw which is, as the name suggests, mobile and used to cut wood by moving saw by your hands
  • Power miter saw is practically hand-held circular saw, mounted on fixed mount which you can use for more precision cuts and based on type, you can cut the wood in various positions and angles.
  • Table circular saw is a saw that consists of a saw blade, fixed table and electric motor that runs the saw. This tool is great for cutting longer boards.The blade is exposed to the wood through a hole in a table, which provides support to boards being cut.

3. Hand saw

Hand saws are used to cut different shapes out of pieces of wood. Hand saws are usually used to cut wood for joining two or more pieces of wood together, or for carving wooden objects. Most common types of hand saws have one sided blade consisting of many sharp points like teeth.

4. A coping saw

Coping saws are actually a type of hand saws, that are used to

A coping saw is a type of hand saw used to cut sophisticated external shapes and cut-outs in wood. They are usually used to create coped joints by cutting moldings.

It is widely used to cut moldings to create coped rather than miter joints. Sometimes, they are used used to create ornamental designs. For more precision and more sophisticated ornamental designs, the fretsaw is used instead of a coping saw, especially if the wood is thinner.

5. A power drill

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One of the essential tools, not just for woodworking, but power drills have applications in entire home improvement. Beside boring holes, you can use power drill to tighten or loosen screws or chisel away materials.

6. Sander

For fine smoothing of surfaces, you are going to need a sander. It’s working by using abrasion with sandpaper. Instead of doing that work manual, this power tool will help you get job done faster and way easier. In woodworking, sanders are usually powered with electricity. The smoothness is determined by type of sandpaper attached to sander.

7. Chisels and a wooden mallet

One of the first associations to woodworking are chisels and wooden mallets. They are practically old as the woodworking itself. Some of the old craftsmen are using only them to process the wood. You can find hundreds of different chisels and they are usually bought in sets with different sizes. Don’t forget to buy yourself one set when you start your woodworking hobby.

8. Hammer

Another most known tool that probably everyone of us already have in our toolbox. Hammers are used for fixing joints with nails, but also you can use them to align elements before joining them. As for the screwdrivers, they are used when you need to use screws instead of nails.

A hammer and some screwdrivers.

9. A Workbench

Having a proper workbench means that you can do more work, and be more precise instead of working on your garage floor. Woodworking workbenches come in handy when you have to measure, cut or join several pieces and some advanced versions of workbench can contain drawers and partitions, allowing you to replace your cabinets.

10. Clamps

Whether you need something to hold together wood pieces for you to nail or screw them together, or you are using glue for that, you need clamps.

Clamps allow you to hold pieces by simply tightening screw which really comes handy. In woodworking, there are more than 15 different types of clamps, used for various tasks.

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