My Basic Woodworking Tools List

Any woodworkers know that it’s essential to get the right tool for the project. However, there is a big difference between basic woodworking tools and beginner woodworking tools. What tools does a beginning woodworker need, and how should he handle them? I tried very hard to keep the list short as I want.

Power Planer
Let’s start with perhaps the most basic tool in every household- the planer. There are four main types of planers in the market, include scrub plane, smoothing plane, jointer plane and router plane. Power planers are used for straightening the edges of the stock and efficiently flatting the faces of rough or reclaimed lumber. A 12-inch model will suffice for most home workshop jobs.

Compound Miter Saw
The nick name for this type of saw is chop saw. A best chop saw on the market can chop your lumber across the grain, a great choice for carpentry and other woodwork. The miter saw slides whatever it wants to cut into its saw blades. Another great thing of miter saw is its versatility. They comes with a compound cut that make the cut job done fast. Of course, they can be used by anyone as well. If you have a good band saw, that’s even better, because you can of course do more woodworking projects by using both miter saw and band saw.

One of the most important hand tools for woodworkers is an accurate marking tool. The common marking tools include: bevel gauge, marking knife, dividers and square. With one of them (I strongly recommend having two of these), you can build just about anything with straight lines. Marking gauges excel at cutting a line parallel to the edge of a board. In most cases, not all of these tools will be used at the same time.

The Router
The router is great for freehand and curved cutting and is must-have for some projects. They come in many types, both handheld and some power mounted. Using router can be a fabulous way to cut a template. Some advanced routers are used for some patterns, or some of them are mounted to the underside of the plywood top temporarily.

Power Drill
For most of woodworking projects, a corded drill is more versatile and powerful. 10″ Swing Brace drill can handle all your drilling jobs from 1/4 up to and exceeding 2″wide bits. Cordless tools are very handy, and I love my cordless drills. Today’s power drills often feature adjustable speeds and an adjustable platform to work around. As compared with cordless drills, corded kinds cost less and don’t require expensive battery replacements.

Ok, a woodworking tool kit can be put together piece by piece. There are a wide range of amazing tools can make your project faster. But for me, this is the ‘best of’ list of things that save me amounts of time when I build. Everyone who has favorited tool, please feel free to tell me in the comment sections below.

Useful Resources:
Furniture-making YouTube channels:
Introduction to woodworking for beginners:

Sharing Values

Mary Mertz raised her hands to her face as she watched the party of 57 sit down at the long row of tables covered with white tablecloths set perfectly with china and glasses in the middle of her family’s corn field. A broad smile spread across her face.

“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “It’s what I always envisioned. Happy people in our corn field sitting down to a wonderful meal.”
Continue reading

Life in the Slow Lane

I was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, but spent many years on the east coast, specifically in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. I attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park (Go Terps!).  I then worked for about ten years in Washington for various advocacy organizations.

Continue reading

Not in My Back Yard

Poverty and hunger aren’t things we like to think about every day. I, and I imagine most other folks, prefer to think poverty and hunger are third world issues. Or big city issues. Or, at the very least, they don’t happen in my “back yard.”

The issue of poverty and hunger came up recently at a candidate forum I attended. An audience member asked school board candidates if they were aware of what our local school district does to help poor kids get enough to eat on the weekends.

Continue reading