Top 5 Tools for Beginning Woodworkers

As every woodworker knows, when you start out there are an endless amount of tools you "need" to buy. But in reality, you can get started with just a handful of tools. In this blog I will be discussing the first 5 tools I would buy if I was to start over tomorrow!

1. A Compound Miter Saw: For those starting out woodworking, a miter saw is an incredibly versatile and approachable tool. In simple terms, a miter saw cuts boards to length while squaring up the ends. This tool can also cut mitered cuts for projects like picture frames.

If you buy your lumber at the correct width and thickness from the big box stores (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.) you can make endless projects with a compound miter saw.

Buying Tips: If space is not an issue A 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw is the most versatile, capable of cutting much wider boards and panels, but also requires much more shop space front to back in your shop.

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Upgrade Option: A good high tooth count blade (80+ for 10" and 90+ for 12" saws) makes a huge difference in cut quality and minimizing tearout. These usually range from $50-75 and make a big difference.

2. Cordless Drill: A good Cordless drill goes a long way, and is a tool you'll have for a long time to come. Capable of both drilling holes and driving screws, this is a must-have tool in any woodworking shop.

Buying Tips: For your first drill, you'll want to look for one with 18-20V. This will provide plenty of power for drilling and driving. I wouldn't worry about the battery size on my first drill. Even the smallest battery will last you quite a while under normal use (unless your planning on using it for a very large-scale project right off the bat).

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