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Basic Woodworking Tools for the Woodworking Beginners Workshop

Basic Woodworking tools for all Woodworking Beginners

Basic woodworking tools

Woodworking beginners are faced with the choice of what basic woodworking tools from which to choose. All of us woodworkers have to figure this out in the beginning. So, as a beginning woodworker you are not alone. When I was getting started in woodworking I went to a woodworking school and my instructor had a list of woodworking tools that all students purchased.  As woodworking beginners we first learned how to use the basic hand tools and then advanced to learning how to use power tools. In this article I will share with you these basic woodworking tools to help you to get started in your woodworking shop.

Woodworking Hand Tools:


A 16 oz claw hammer is a tool that you will find a use for over and over either at your workbench or around the house for any carpentry work.


A good tape measure is an essential woodworking tool that all woodworkers and carpenters have at their woodworking bench or in their tool box. You will need it to accurately measure everything from the width of a cut or the height of the furniture piece that you are building.


The combination square is a must have hand tool in the woodworking shop. As you can clearly see it has 90 degree and 45 degree angles which are basic woodworking and carpentry angles. The blade is 12″ in length and has fractional increments on each side for measuring. The combination square is often used to check the alignment of power tools such as a table sawor a miter saw to make sure their saw blades are set at 90 degrees.


The block plane is an important tool for the woodworking beginner and one of the basic woodworking tools you will commonly find. It is easy to use for shaping and shaving off wood of side grain or face grain to the desired thickness. The block plane is also used for slicing end grain.


A framing square  is a highly recommended basic woodworking tools for woodworking beginners. The framing square is set to 90 degrees and has fractional increments on both sides of each blade. It is an essential layout tool.


A chisel set is a must have for beginning woodworkers as chisels are used for making both paring and rough chopping cuts. The chisels shown are known as socket chisels and they will stand up to harder blows from the mallet than tang chisels will. I recommend the socket chisels for woodworking beginners and carpenters.


The sliding bevel gauge is a layout tool used for marking and gauging various angles. There are times when you may be working with a variety of angles where it is handy to have a few sliding bevel gauges. This is especially true when working with and cutting compound angles.


marking gauge is a very useful too for measuring depth and also for measurement transfer. This is often used when creating hand cut mortise and tenon joints as well as bridle joints. This is a must have tool for creating accurate hand cut joinery.


A japanese hand saw is used for tight fitting, precision joinery. The cutting action is on the pull stroke . You will find that the Japanese saw blades are exceptionally sharp and leave a very thin kerf. One nice thing about this type of saw is that the blade is replaceable.


Woodworking Power Tools:


A plunge router is a critically important tool in a woodworking shop. Various edges and moldings can be created by using the router. Dados and rabbets can be created as well as joinery such as dovetails, mortise and tenons, and locking miter joints. Keep in mind that the router is quite versatile and can be inverted in a table to create a router table. For optimum control be sure to get a variable speed router.


 The circular saw is used your cross cutting and ripping material. This power tool is lightweight and easy to handle. The shown circular saw can cut a bevel up to 57 degrees. It has a depth of cut of 2 – 9/16″ and also has positive stops of 22 – 1/2 degrees as well as 45 degrees.


A jig saw allows for the woodworker and carpenter to cut both straight and curved cuts. Perhaps, you may have a band saw at some point in the future. However, the jig saw is a very useful tool for the beginner, intermediate, and professional woodworker. This featured power tool is well designed and easy to handle. It has a tool-less blade change system for changing the blade quickly without touching the hot blade. Make sure to purchase a jig saw that is variable speed.


The compact drill and impact driver kit offers two cordless tools that are both very lightweight as well as durable. The drill and driver kit have built-in LED lights, battery fuel gauges and variable speed triggers. For drilling holes and driving screws these battery powered tools are hard to beat.



A miter saw is utilized by the woodworker and carpenter to make quick work as a cutoff tool and cutting various moldings such as crown molding, base molding, and chair rail. The miter saw is easily transportable and can be used in the workshop as well as on the job site.

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