To become a successful woodworker you must fill your work stations with various Woodworking Tools in order to better complete the projects you undergo. In this post I will discuss the various Woodworking Tools needed to complete a basic workstation. To start off I will list the Woodworking Tools needed and below I will better explain the need for each.
A basic workstation should consist of the following:
a: A Carpenter-style hammer (preferably with a claw)
b: A smaller style of hammer or one which has a light weight (preferably a ball peen)
c: A rubber mallet
These three hammers are vital in order to complete almost any woodworking plan as these items each provide the ability to hammer most nails, pins, etc. on any surface (delicate or able to take abuse) The difference in weight for the first two hammers allow for the hammering in various sized nails; the carpenter-style hammer may be able to hammer in most nails but may cause small pins to bend and break. Also, having two sets of hammers with two different ends will allow for a greater range in projects i.e. even though the ball end is rarely needed it can come in handy for those rare occasions. The rubber mallet is a good addition to your Woodworking Tools as this will allow for gentle strikes which will not dent or crack delicate, wood surfaces.
2.) Screw Drivers
Although you will need a drill most projects require the need to place screws in tight places where a power drill just won’t fit. It is necessary to have various sized screw drivers for when you need to get in to those tight spots; it would also be wise to purchase standard and Phillips to better handle and screw type.
It would be wise to purchase even a small wrench set whereas many woodworking plans require you bolt as oppose to screw which provides a stronger hold in some situations. It would also be wise to even purchase a bolt driver as well as a small Allen Wrench set.
4.) Drill (preferably cordless and reversible)
A drill can come in handy for most projects in which a lot of drilling is required. I would recommend having a cordless drill with two batteries so when drilling for long periods of time you and charge one battery while using the other and interchange the two; a cordless drill is also useful as it doesn’t constrain you to one spot. It would be best to purchase a reversible drill unless you want to clean up any mistakes with a plain old screw driver. As well as the drill itself you should make sure to purchase an adapter as well as a bit set.
b: Power Saw
c: Table Saw
d: Radial Arm Saw
Now with a saw the choice is up to you and your budget; you can purchase regular woodworking hand saws , or a power saw, both in which you need to purchase clamps and or vises to provide an even cut; however, if you feel like spending a couple more dollars (and if you plan to undergo many projects), you can invest in a table saw with movable clamps or even a radial arm saw; these two saws allow for a more precise cut for the larger projects you undergo.
a: Belt Sander
b: Hand-Held Sanders
c: Sanding Block
Belt sanders can help make short work of those big projects while hand-held sanders can help with the smaller ones; however, whatever sander you chose for your choice of woodworking plans you can always use a good quality sanding block for finishing touches.
7.) Work Bench
The work bench is the hub of all your projects. You should pick a bench that suits your needs as well as leaves room for you to work around.
Now all these tools are only the basics you will eventually need to buy more tools when the need comes around, but this should get you started on your Woodworking Tool collection.
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