Woodworking Tools

New Wood Working Tools: Buy What you Need

The first thing you need to do when starting a DIY project is to get the right tools. Even if you have the best instructions in the world, along with adequate experience, you cannot complete a major home project without proper tools. This is especially true for wood, which is why you need to get some quality wood working tools. However, there are some considerations to make when you are buying tools.

There is a temptation to get too many tools when you start projects around the house. Maybe you see some tools for sale, while other simply look too cool to not buy! However, you must resist that temptation. Only get the tools you need. This will allow you to invest your money in those tools, instead of spreading it around among many items you do not need right now.

When you buy tools over the years, instead of all at one time, you will gravitate towards the more expensive and durable tools. For example, the tools you buy right now should still be in great condition five or ten years later. There is no need to skimp on tools, because these are items that will stay with you for many decades if they are maintained properly.

If you are unsure about whether a certain tool will perform the job you need for your project, it is a good idea to ask someone with a little more experience than yourself. This will prevent you from buying something that may not even work properly!. Tools like biscuit joiners(read here for reviews) are only for advanced woodworkers.

If it is necessary for you to buy power tools for the job that you want to complete, you may want to stick to renting these items. Power tools are expensive, harder to maintain and take up more space when being stored. It is far less of a headache to rent these tools and give them back when you are done.

Woodworking Tools

Basic wood working tools professional and hobby woodworkers need

The functionality of tools used to work with wood has not changed much over time. Woodworkers still use a very basic set of tools.  They are absolutely necessary to perform any wood work.

The biggest difference between then and now is that modern wood working tools are made from superior materials. Many are also no longer manual tools but are electric power tools. That’s progress most woodworkers are welcoming.

Nevertheless, woodworkers still face the same basic tasks in their endeavors:

  • Selecting the wooden raw materials
  • Measuring whether they are straight and true
  • Smoothing the raw wood
  • Measuring sizes
  • Cutting
  • Fitting
  • Joining the pieces.

Each step of the way has some tools that are necessary for its successful completion.

  • Measuring tools: Tape measure of around 16 feet in length,
    longer ones are too heavy and hard to handle, and a combination square.
    Both should use the same scale for comparison purposes.
  • Drilling tools: We call them electric drills. Most of us
    know and have them as cordless drills. They are very versatile tools. Not
    only as wood working tools but also as an indispensable tool for metal
  • Finishing tools: After all this cutting and drilling we
    somehow need to finish our handiwork. To do so, woodworkers use raps,
    sanders, planes (block plane), files, and powered random orbit sanders.
  • Joinery tools: Are used to join together the various
    pieces of your masterpiece. Nails are the simplest joining tool;  pocket hole jig and biscuit
    joiner  are for perfectionists and advanced

Woodworking is enjoyable, and good tools make it more fun.