There are a wide variety of woodworking tools, performing different kinds of tasks. Every wood artisan requires a different set of tools, depending on the tasks being performed, the experience and the money available. A professional and more skilled woodworker would require Jointers, table saws, drill presses and band saws. A beginner may be fine with the basic tools that do most of the woodworks and a business may require a huge set of sophisticated kit.
You need to equip your shop systematically, one tool after the other, and you will finally have an arsenal of woodworking tools. Only buy the tools that you need most and you are likely to need them every time. If you are not well equipped in a process, just outsource it, there are a number of wood outlets that will do you plane, rip, joint and crosscut cheaply. This is cheaper in the short run, but very expensive in the long term.
Every time you budget for a project, figure out the tool you need most and buy it. Enjoy a new tool with a new project, and in no time you will have a super equipped woodwork store.
The Power tools Every Carpenter Needs
It is not mandatory that you spend hundreds of dollars in setting up a basic woodworking workshop. With good research, you should be able to set-up a basic working environment. As a beginner, you need only a set of 7 tools, even professional woodworkers will find these tools inevitable:
The circular saw is both for fine woodworking and carpentry. Use the circular saw with a clamp-on straightedge and you will get accurate results just like you would with a table saw. You can use a circular saw to cut sheets like plywood or fiberboard (medium sized).
Jig Saw or Bandsaw:
A bandsaw is more ideal since it cuts thicker woods, but jigsaw is the cheaper alternative to cutting curved patterns. Look for a jigsaw that easily fits your hand and have a better blade changing system.
Power Drill or Cordless Drill:
The corded drill is a powerful and versatile woodworking tool. A power drill is the cheaper and effective alternative for the beginners. When looking for a corded power drill, look for factors like the chucks you want; 1/ 2 or 3/ 8 inches, keyless or key chucks.
Random Orbital Sander:
A random orbital sander is the fourth important hand held tool. Palmer sanders are cheaper alternatives. Ensure it comes with readily available sanding disks that are compatible.
Your most precious tool after the above four must be the table saw. The table saw is an investment, and forms the core of a woodworker’s shop. You need to learn the features you will need in your table saw before making a purchase.
Bonus – Router and Compound Miter Saw:
These must not be necessarily expensive, but should offer you minimal services and offer durability.
Shopping for Your Wood Shop Tools
Most manufacturers offer about two grades of products; the heavy duty models meant for industrial and commercial users and the inexpensive line of tools meant for the “hobbyists.” Only purchase the tools you need, and are within your budget. Only buy from reputable shops, that gives you the best prices, offers manufacturer warranties, is reliable and will only give you genuine woodwork tools.