August 31, 2014

10 of the Best Woodworking Tools for Beginners

Knowing what to buy when you’re a beginner can save you money and time. It also makes sure you start a large range of projects, instead of being held back by not having the right equipment.

Here are 10 of the best woodworking tools for beginners:

1. Crosscut saw

Crosscut saws are characterized by their finer teeth and better teeth-per-inch, this is a saw used to cut across the grain of timber.

2. Ripsaw

Ripsaws when compared to a crosscut saw have longer teeth and less teeth-per-inch, and are used to cut along the grain of timber, such as when cutting a large sheet in half. Read more about how to choose a good hand saw.

3. Chisel set

Chisels are great for crafting your project’s finer details and creating beautiful and complicated joints.

Tip: Make sure your chisels are sharpened before use.

4. Hand planer

Shaping timber can be difficult without one.  A hand planer can smooth down and shape edges using long strokes.

5. Sanding block

Sanding blocks are critical for shaping down corners, pieces and getting great finishes on your projects.

6. Square

Joints that are square are essential for making projects that are both strong and don’t look like they will fall over in a brief wind.

7. Steel Rule and Tape Measure

Tape measures will help you measure out over long distances while a metal rule will reliably measure smaller, detailed work to the millimetre.

8. Hammer and Wooden Mallet

Hammers are great for forcing in nails, however only a mallet will do for your chiselling work. Mallets can also be used for forcing in joints and wood without damaging the timber.

9. Nail punch

Nail punches help you push nails just under the surface of the timber so that you can create a flawless and safer surface finish.

10. Power drill

Apart from drilling flush holes and fastening screws, a good power drill has many interesting functions when combined with a range of different add-on accessories.

Don’t Forget to be Safe

Professionals and beginners alike should take safety seriously, since you don’t want any nasty surprises. Also make sure you have:

  1. Dust mask – protect your lungs.
  2. Safety glasses – avoid getting tools or rubbish in your eyes.
  3. Hearing protection – essential when using heavy machinery or avoiding the neighbours kids.

5 Top Woodworking Forums in 2014

Top woodworking forums are a great for learning from other experienced hobbyists, get practical feedback or even buy or sell tools. You can post questions and get answers from more senior members, help others or just compare notes about projects you’re working on.

Here are 5 of the woodworking forums in 2014.

Woodwork Forums

With over 91,000 threads and over 163,000 members, Woodwork Forums is a massive site. It covers a very large range of topics so you are sure to find in-depth discussion about many different areas.

Woodworking Talk Forums

The Woodworking Talk forum is also very large. There are over 46,000 members, with deep discussion threads in Woodwork Design and Plans, Wood Finishing and Project Showcases.

Woodnet Forums

There is a great discussion of Hand Tools and Woodnet Forums, and even a free classifieds section where you can buy and sell tools.

Wood Talk Online

Wood Talk Online has over 9,800 members and discusses a range of topics, with particularly good emphasis on Powertools, Woodworking Journals,

Fine Woodworking Forums

The Fine Woodworking Forums has a great archived Q&A with noted woodworkers, and other great discussions on power tools and wood finishing.

Honourable mentions:

  1. Workshop Addict
  2. Woodworkers Institute Forums
  3. Woodwork UK