So how do you get started with some basic woodworking tools?
Of course this varies on the type of woodworking projects you’re planning on tackling. But let’s take a look at some of the woodworking tools that you should have if you’re just starting out and from there we’ll get more advanced in other articles.
Hammer: This one of the first tools that come to mind and may already have one from doing other projects around the house. But if you don’t, get yourself a good hammer.
Clamps: Right up front let me tell you that one can never have too many clamps… and clamps of various sizes. Clamps not only give several extra pairs of hands, but this basic woodworking tools can also make what you’re working with a lot safer.
Square: Get a framing square and a speed square. These are inexpensive woodworking tools that are a must have and will last for just about forever.
Backsaw: A good handsaw will give you years and years of service and many times it’s quicker and easier to use than going through the gyrations of setting up your table saw.
Chisels: Just because you may be thinking that you’ll soon have all the power woodworking tools to cover all the bases, you’re still going to need a good set of chisels to clean out those joints and cuts.
Tape Measure: Goes without saying that you’ll need a tape measure. Probably won’t ever do a project without this tool. But while you’re at it, get yourself a wooden ruler for more accurate measuring.
Wet/Dry Vac: If you’re going to be working with wood, then you’re going to be kicking up dust and generally making a mess. Even though you’ll probably want to go to a more advanced dust collection system down the road, this woodworking tool is still a must for any shop.
Saw Horses: These portable stands have hundreds of uses around the shop and are easy to build or inexpensive to buy so get yourself at the very least two of them.
Workbench: Let’s finish up our list of the very basic woodworking tools with the the workbench. You’re going to have to have a large flat surface from which to work on. You don’t have to go out and buy an expensive pre-made workbench. Many folks build their own… in fact why not make this one of your first projects.
Even this short list of basic tools is adding up in cost, but remember you don’t have to acquire all your woodworking tools at once. In fact, like most all of us, you’ll find that your tool selections will build up gradually over time.