Basic Woodworking Tool Kit: What You Should Know When Tooling-up
As you carefully go through this article, you will see that we did not talk about stationary power tools like the tablesaws, jointers, bandsaws, and drill presses that professional woodworkers solely depend on. These were left out because this talking basically on basic woodworking tool kit. You will add other woodworking tools them as your needs and expertise develop.
Make Plans Ahead
Stock your shop a few woodworking tool at a time. As your expertise improve, tool inventory also improve. In the basic woodworking tool kit, there are some tools that are indespensable. These are the items that you will find most useful and that you will often. There is therefore a need to think about buying them first.
Can you avoid any processes that you are not well equipped for? Some retail woodworking shops will joint, plane, rip, and also crosscut lumber to needed dimensions. This service is paid for but is cheaper than buying the woodworking tool that you would need to do the work yourself.
As you allocate each woodworking project, write in the purchase of any fresh and required woodworking tool. The cost of equipment will be reduced, and this also will help you to enjoy a new tool with each woodworking project you embark on.
Be Smart In Your Woodworking Tool Shopping
When you want to purchase woodworking tools, there is need to shop carefully. Go to more than one woodworking shop, read as many wood catalogs as possible because the information in these woodworking catalogs will save you substantially more than the cost. Lookout for Woodworking tool Sales and Specials. You don’t need to be in a rush.
Several Magazines like the WOOD offer Mail-order advertisements regularly and also substantial price reductions on top-quality woodworking tool. And woodworking tool sales are such a normal marketing practice at various retail outlets that it sometimes is very hard to pay full retail price.
Generally, it is reasonable to buy the best Woodworking tool you can afford, especially when you’re buying hand tools. It is not likely that a good saw or plane will become outdated, and properly maintained, there’s no reason why any woodworking tool can’t last a lifetime. Thinking that your great-grandchild might eventually enjoy making use your combination square could help you in saving some extra dollars and be a wise investment.
Good tools don’t go obsolete. A century old chisel will look the same as a new one, and some woodworkers insist that there is higher quality in older woodworking tool, In fact, a old woodworking tool can be more expensive than a new one.
What Your Woodworking Tool Kit Should Look Like
- Combination square
- Sliding bevel
- Marking gauge
- Framing square
- Steel tape (10′ or 12′)
- Folding rule
- Scratch awl
- Crosscut saw (12 pt.)
- Rip saw (6 1/2 or 7 1/2 pt.)
- Backsaw or dovetail saw (15 tpi)
- Coping saw
- Slip-joint pliers
- Needle-nose pliers
- Diagonal cutters
- Smooth plane
- Low-angle block plane
- Wood chisels (1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″)
- Single-cut mill bastard file
- Round rasp
- Flat rasp
- Cabinet scraper and hand scrapers
- Utility knife
- Claw hammer (16 oz.)
- Finish hammer (8 oz.)
- Nail set
- Wooden mallet
- Screwdrivers (straight, Phillips)
- Doweling jig
- Bench vise or clamping system
- Bar or pipe clamps (2-3′ and 2-5′ min.)
Safety & Maintenance:
- Face shield or safety glasses
- Hearing protector
- Dust mask or respirator
- Sharpening stone (dual-purpose, coarse/fine)
Portable Power Tools:
- Router (1 hp, 1/4″ collet) Purchase bits as needed; bead, chamfer, cove, straight, round-over, rabbet.
- Circular saw (7 1/4″)
- Drill (3/8″ variable speed)
- Twist drills (1/16-3/8″)
- Spade-shaped drill bits
- Brad-point drill bits
- Dual-action pad sander (straight-line and orbital)
- Belt sander (3X21″ with dust collection)
For a proper guidline on the usage of these basic woodworking tool kit, we strongly recommend Ted’s Woodworking Plan. You will not regret you heard about this online program on woodworking.