As in most professions or hobbies, if you're
going to become a good woodworker, you're going to have to make an investment in tools of the
trade. Woodworking tools will add to your efficiency as you learn, whether you are learning for fun
or profit, and they will probably add to the reward you feel as your accomplishments will likely
come more quickly. Before power woodworking tools came on the scene, hand tools were what people
used to make wood projects. Although you can make an excellent finished product, woodworking just
isn't as fast as with power tools. Aren't you glad you live in the modern age?
Here's a list of basic power tools that you
will need if you are thinking of putting together a woodworking shop.
- Belt Sander
- Circular Saws
- Vacuum Cleaner
- General Equipment
- Safety Equipment
The table saw is a very
important tool for a woodworking shop, especially if you want to turn out products on a daily
basis. It is considered a "must have" woodworking tool. Until you experience it, it's hard to
imagine the accuracy, speed, and stability that you feel when working with this tools. With a hand
saw, it's hard to make straight cuts and even edges, and it can take a long time to make a simple
table. But, with a table saw, these tasks become simple and quick. And good quality is quickly
achieved. You can find good table saws for somewhere around $200 and $950.
A belt sander can save
you a considerable amount of time and effort. With just a quick, careful application, you can
really put a professional finish on your woodworking project. You can find a good belt sander for
about $100 to $200.
A circular saw is a hand held saw which is
used to make quick and accurate cuts. A wide variety of sizes and colors are available, so you're
sure to find one you like. Sometimes a circular saw is a better choice than a table for the task
you are doing, especially if it's just a quick cut you're trying to make. They are not as steady as
table saws, because you are holding the circular saw, and they might take more practice to master,
but they definitely are the preferred tool sometimes. You can get a good quality circular saw for
This may not be considered a woodworking tool, but it is a
necessary tool in a woodworking shop. The buildup of wood dust can be dangerous, so you'll need to
clean your shop quite often.
Besides the power tools, you'll also need to have nails, hammers,
extension cords, a broom, cordless drills, and some other equipment.
Staying safe and healthy will help you be productive, and will
help you enjoy woodworking. Put safety first in your shop. Wear gloves, safety goggles, ear plugs
while using power tools, and thicker clothing that is not too loose fitting. This will help protect
you from flying wood chips as well as heat. And don't wear jewelry that can be snagged by your