Do you really need all these fancy power tools? The answer is no! You just need these 6 essential woodworking tools for beginners.
When you are a beginner in this woodworking world, things can get really intimidating and overwhelming. When you search online for a simple project, you will be bombarded with all these fancy workshops full of fancy tools. Simple projects made using really fancy tools that you don’t even know what they’re called.
You might feel like there isn’t much a newbie can actually make without investing in a whole bunch of expensive tools and all the accessories that go with it. It’s true that you really can’t build much without power tools but you don’t need most of it. That’s why I made this list of 6 essential woodworking tools for beginners that you actually need.
Woodworking Tools For Beginners That You Actually Need:
1. Cordless Power Drill
I’m sure you already have a power drill and if you don’t, you need to get one because every household needs a power drill. I have two of these. I have the BLACK+DECKER 20V Max drill. The thing I like the most about this power drill is its advanced clutch that prevents stripping and overdriving screws. I highly recommend this power drill or do your research and get a good cordless power drill.
2. Miter Saw
Now you can get your lumber cut at the hardware store, but there are two problems with that. One: they usually don’t like cutting up pieces that are smaller than 12 inches. The other thing is that they’re not normally very accurate at their measurements. It’s okay, for maybe a first build, but as you want to build more, you always want to have the most accurate measurements and cuts. So I totally recommend getting yourself a miter saw now.
The miter saw is considered an intermediate or even an advanced tool by a lot of people, but I think it is one of the easiest saws to use. It was actually the first power tool I bought specifically for woodworking. What I love about the miter saw is that it can make perfect cuts. You can go straight, you can make it angled, you can make it beveled. There are so many ways you can make simple cuts and they’re always super accurate.
The width of lumber that you can cut is kind of limited by the size of the saw. A sliding miter saw, can slide in and out and give you a much wider range of width that you can cut. It is a little bit more pricey, but if you have a budget, I really recommend going with it. But if you don’t, there is no problem with getting a regular compound miter saw, which is actually what I had at the beginning.
3. Circular Saw
There are cordless and corded circular saws out there. I like using this corded saw because I feel like it’s a little bit more powerful when I have a lot of heavy-duty cutting to do. On the other hand for smaller cuts, smaller projects, when I need to make a quick cut, I normally use the cordless version, because it’s so much more compact and lightweight.
I still use both my saws. You can pick one that you would like to get. I would totally recommend getting a corded more powerful saw to start off with.
To be honest, I didn’t get one until I was about three years into woodworking. Before that, I would just get my larger boards cut down at the lumber store, and then I would get home and cut them up by hand to be more accurate.
An additional tip when it comes to circular saws: I highly recommend getting a Circular Saw Track, which makes it much easier to cut straight cuts with a circular saw, or even when you are doing multiple cuts of the same identical size. It really makes everything so much easier.
4. Random Orbital Sander
The most important step to a woodworking project is preparing your piece of furniture for staining or painting. The prep work is really going to determine how great your furniture is going to look. Sanding, to create a perfectly smooth finish is extremely critical. Sure, you could sand it by hand, but trust me, your arms will hurt like hell.
There are many different kinds of Sanders on the market, but to start off, you want to get a random orbital sander. I have my sander for more than 4 years and I love this thing. It is a Bosch sander, it’s got variable speed and it has amazing dust collection.
5. Kreg Jig
If you plan to build furniture, I highly highly recommend you get yourselves a Kreg jig. It makes it super easy to create really durable joints, and it’s also very easy to use. It’s the first thing I actually bought when I decided to build furniture. At that time I didn’t even have a saw. I basically just had the hardware store, cut up all the lumber for me and that’s how I built my very first desk.
While you get yourself, the Kreg jig don’t forget to get yourself some of their clamps because they actually make it super easy. Also to make joints using their pocket holes, which is what you create using a Kreg jig
6. Brad Nailer
This one is basically just an electric nailer. To be honest it’s not completely essential. Given that it is one of my favorite tools, I’m putting it on this list. Before I had this, I would just use a hammer and nails, and you could totally do that and that’s what I did until a few years ago. I built a lot of projects in this old fashion way. However, ever since I got it, it is definitely one of my favorite tools. It just makes everything so much easier and so much faster.
Conclusion on Woodworking Tool For Beginners
So that’s it. Here are all the basic woodworking tools for beginners. I hope, I convinced you that you don’t really need a lot of big tools to get started. If you want to spend, you rather spend more money on quality basic tools. And then you can slowly build up your woodworking arsenal according to needs in upcoming bigger projects.