Category: Woodworking Tools

Planning ahead with wood working tools for your first DIY project

This short introductory but motivational note for DIY beginners helps begin the process of proper planning for what stages of the first project are likely to follow until the final completion of the building of the wood-based item. One of the first stages of planning entails the selection of your most appropriate and suitable selection of wood working tools. The suggestion is to only source tools that you will need at this stage.

There is no need to expend additional expenditure on extra tools which you neither have use for or don’t yet know how to apply them or operate them. If you are that ambitious – this is a good thing, nothing wrong with having ambition – it is suggested that you build up your tool collection slowly but surely, a few tools at a time. Getting a drum sander will be a overhead at this point. This should be happening as your woodworking skills improve over time. As you improve, your inventory will grow naturally.

Because you are working from home, you might not yet have the available space to work smartly and efficiently. You might still be clearing your garage area to convert it into a workshop and storage unit. While you are still planning this, your wood retailer can help you prepare your woodcuts in the meantime. So, there will be tools that you can eliminate at this stage too while they cut, rip, crosscut, join and plane your wood for immediate use at home.

It’s also been said that sourcing these tasks out to your specialist retailer helps you drive down preparation costs in the long run. There is, of course, no additional expenditure for wasted tools not likely to be used. Also, wood cuts are smaller and easier to be transported, even by yourself in your own truck.

Basic Wood Working Tools for Every Shop

Each type of trade has its own set of tools for the job. The trade of wood working is no different. With so many different types of wood working tools available, there are many to choose from. However, there are some basic tools that every shop should have for virtually every potential project. These must-have tools include.

The Hammer

It is considered to be one of the most basic wood working tools. The hammer in the form of a claw hammer offers you a head to hammer in nails and a claw on the other side to pull them out. It’s most commonly seen in construction jobs, but it’s a wonderful tool for the trade of wood working.

Utility Knife

This is one of the key tools that every carpenter has on their person. There are many kinds of blades, but one that offers you the choice to use disposable blades is one of the most common types. The blade has the ability to retract into the grip, this offers you with a safety feature unlike any other.

Tape Measurer

This is another one of the most important tools for the job. A retractable tape measure that is at least 25 feet long will help you to get the job done right.


While there are many chisels on the market one that is made from an alloy carbon steel offers you the best quality for a wood working job. You will need to have a variety of chisel sizes on hand. These will help with a vast amount of projects.


A level is a must-have in the wood working profession. You will need to have a few on hand in a variety of lengths. This will help with a long list of projects to ensure they are leveled correctly.

Tools like biscuit joiner aka plate joiner, or saws will be discussed later.