Someone who is touching woodworking tools for the first time can get by without a lot to work with. But if you are someone who is serious about woodworking, either as a hobby or a career, there are just some tools that are indispensable to have. This woodworking tools list is for you. Here are 6 tools that should be included in every basic woodworking tools list.
This planer is indispensable for flattening and truing up your boards. Most furniture projects require 22″ to 24″ sole length. Though you could get by with a shorter planer unless you only plan to work on smaller projects, which seldom tends to be the case in the long term.
The handsaw is used cutting boards, cross-cutting, and for straightening edges. A 22″ 5 ppi handsaw will make all your ripping tasks quick and easy. A great second handsaw to have on hand is a carcass saw, typically a 12″ saw with a 22 ppi crosscut. This saw is great for final finishing for joinery.
You should have both bench chisels and paring chisels. Bench chisels are the ones that you’ll reach for most often. Typical sizes include 1/8, 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2″. Though you’re unlikely to use paring chisels as often, you’ll be glad that you have them when you need them. They’re great for paring away waste from your saw, completing chamfering work, and defining joint edges. Try to get a 1 1/2″ and a 2″ paring chisel.
Power Drill and Bits
Though cordless drills are popular because they can be used away from a power source, a corded drill will provide more power and usually has variable speed, making it irreplaceable in a woodworking hobby shop. A 3/8 inch drill will be good enough for most projects, but there are times when nothing else will do besides a 1/2 in. drill. Having both is your best option. Look for drills that have key-less chucks, reversible action, and comfortable grips. Choose a good quality bit set of the size that your drill requires.
Marking supplies include everything that you’ll need for marking up your wood for your cuts. This includes a tape measure, marking knife, bevel gauge, high quality square, and pencils or crayons. Don’t leave your cuts to guesswork, or you’ll not only come to regret it, you’ll spend more for replacement wood in the long haul.
Workbench and Bench Clamps
You may not want to invest in an expensive furniture-making workbench, if so you’ll probably get by just fine with a Workmate and a small bench. The most important thing is to make sure that whatever you use is stable. Many people choose to make building a larger workbench one of their early projects. Be sure to have a hefty supply of clamps at hand, because you never know what you are going to want to clamp to your bench.
These tools are a great start for your woodworking tools list and are sufficient to meet for most woodworking needs. As you develop your woodworking skills, you’ll probably want to expand your list to include other, more specialized tools. Until then, have fun while you fill your home with beautiful furniture that you’ve made yourself.