Ready to get started with woodworking, but not sure which tools you need? Whatever you are interested in working with wood as a pleasant hobby or want to develop a rewarding career is to have the right tool an important first step for a project. Here are the basic tools that every beginning carpenter should have and know how to use properly.
You will never be able to do the simplest woodworking project without using tools such as tape measures, rules and boxes. You have probably heard the old saying "measure twice and cut once" and when you actually start working with wood you will quickly learn how true this is. Band operations are crucial for making quick and accurate measurements, while boxes and rules allow you to arrange joints properly and mark pieces for cutting. To put it simply, when you work with wood, there is no substitute for good measuring tools.
Levels and plumbing are another set of tools that you must learn to use properly for professional results. Levels and plumbing make it possible to make sure that wooden pieces fit properly and are flat or form the right angles for easy connection. And plumbing also helps you make difficult measurements on your pieces by using gravity as the reference point so you can draw lines that are really straight.
Chisels are some of the first tools ever used, and they are still an important part of your toolbox today. You definitely want to build a good selection of chisels to cut, paint and clean up rough edges or joints on your woodworking projects. There is nothing very complicated about using chisel, but many experienced carpenters spend years grabbing their skills with these tools, and the beautiful things they create as a result speak for themselves.
Plans are basic hand tools that you use to shape and smooth wood before using it in your woodworking projects. If the money is tight, you can use the plan to finish rough timber instead of buying expensive cut wood from home improvement stores. With the help of a hand plan, you give great experience in leveling wood and getting a feel for it. In addition to straight plans, you should also learn how to use shaped planes to make listings and adjust the thickness of a piece of wood. And when you are comfortable with using the hand plan and have more money in your budget, you will find that the plan tools can make your work easier and let you complete your projects faster.
Another power tool that every wood worker should have is a circular saw for basic cuts. As you become more advanced, you can add special tools that miter saws and table saws, giving you precise control over the cut and depth of cuts and allowing you to tighten the joints and straight edges of your workpieces. Depending on the types of woodworking projects you choose, you may also need a jigsaw to make curved inserts or create large cut holes in pieces of wood.
Routers are another type of power tool used to hollow areas in wooden surfaces or shaped rounded edges. Used routers can add texture and dimension to a woodworking piece, and a router table is recommended to give you maximum control over the shape and size of your cut.
Finally, grinding tools are part of the finishing process, and give your work an even and attractive surface that makes the workpiece look professional. While hand grinding is certainly possible, you can use power cutting tools to save significant time and effort when completing your woodworking project.
This is just a basic list of the tools, anybody who starts woodworking will find good when you start by developing new projects. There are certainly many more special tools that will be useful and help you work faster when you get more experience. But before you spend money on them, it is best to start with the basics and learn how to use them well so that you have a solid foundation for doing woodwork as a hobby or even as a career.