4 Essential Woodworking Tools

When you enter the creative world of woodworking, there’s quite a lot to learn. The hardest part is figuring out which tools you’ll need to stock in your garage. This article is for all beginner woodworkers. It discusses some of the very basic and versatile power tools a beginner will need to get started.

1. Jigsaw

A jigsaw allows you to make curved cuts and circular patterns during a woodworking session. The best thing about a jigsaw is that it is versatile, affordable and takes up little space. Additionally, most jigsaws have variable speeds. You can use a slower speed to minimize burning on hardwoods and a fast speed for softwoods like pine.

2. Table Saw

Woodworking is never complete without a good quality table saw. With this tool, you are able to do basic milling, make box joints, cut parallel edges, make crosscuts, and more. Before purchasing a table saw, take the time to learn which features you’re looking for, and the table saw that suits your budget and needs.

3. Power Drill

A power drill is an essential tool for almost any type of woodwork. These powerful tools typically have two operating speeds and fit differently sized bits. Therefore, they are perfect for a variety of projects including drilling holes for cabinet hardware, hanging shelves, placing anchors for artwork, just to name a few.

4. Smoothing Plane

A smoothing plane is used to prepare wood for final finishing as well as flatten and reduce the thickness of timber. It can also be used to produce vertical, horizontal or inclined flat surfaces on workpieces that are very large for shaping.