In my second post (you can read it here) I review items that should be taken into consideration prior to beginning woodworking.

One subject item we cover is the not-so-subtle topic of the financial commitment required to start this hobby.  Tools can be expensive.  I understood this going in, and you should too.  Expect to spend some money.

That being said, there are a multitude of tool options available to you that will allow you to begin your new hobby without breaking the bank.

Some words of advice:

Take stock of what tools you already have.  Most of us have collected some tools over the years.  Know what you have so you don’t go out and re-buy items.

You’re just starting out.  You don’t need the latest greatest.  Check places like CraigsList, LetGo, etc. to find great deals on gently used tools.  Remember – there is nothing that says all your tools have to be the same brand and color.

This is probably the best advice, and it comes from Steve RamseyOnly get a new tool if you need it to accomplish a task that can’t be done with your current tools.  Your wallet will feel much better, and you won’t crowd your workspace.

This list is based on my experience.   It is what I believe would have been helpful to me when I first began.  There are lots of these lists on the web, this is my idea of what a beginner needs and and should have to get started.  The list covers the basics, and with the tools listed, you should be able to cover a large amount of differing projects.

Beginner woodworker tool checklist
List of power tools a beginner woodworker should have to start woodworking

Click the image to download the list


definition and image of a table saw
Table saws cut straighter lines and make smoother cuts on small and long boards.

Take a look at Woodsmith Spirit’s recommendations regarding table-saws for beginners is a great list for affordable table saw options

image of a jigsaw
Jigsaws are best used for cutting shapes and curves

TSawingpros.com has a list of some great starter saws that won’t break the bank

image of a miter saw
A miter saw is a specialized tool that lets you make cuts at a variety of angles.

A great list of Miter saws for the beginner can be found here

Image of a circular saw
circular saw is a hand-held, electric circular saw designed for cutting wood

Popular mechanics has a review of  corded saws.  For battery saws, there are power combo kits offered by several companies

Images of corded and cordless drills
A drill is primarily used for making round holes or driving fasteners

Similar to above, you can go corded, or cordless.  If you go cordless – consider it as a part of a tool-set.   I myself prefer the flexibility of cordless, and there are some great options available

Here is a list of quality corded drills for the price

Image of an impact driver
An impact driver’s main purpose is to drive large fasteners and long screws

popular mechanics has a great list of impact drivers rated by price & features

I chose the Ryobi based on the driver being a good mix of quality and price.  Again, as mentioned above, look for these as a part of a tool-set – it’s a much better deal overall

Image of an orbital sander
An orbital sander is a hand-held sander that vibrates in small circles, or “orbits.”

The architect’s guide has a list of orbital sanders, noting features & quality

My personal recommendation would be the Makita BO5041K 5.”  This sander has great features for the price point

image of a laptop computer
Use a PC or laptop to run a version of CAD software for your designs

All3DP has a great list of free 3D modeling software for beginners.  My personal favorite is Sketchup.  Its easy to learn and easy to use


A list of safety equiment - goggles, hearing protection, respirator and first aid kit
Shop safety equipment that should always be on hand


These are the various items that you will need in your shop to assist you in measuring, fastening, tightening, and cleaning up while you create.

a list of additional shop relaated tools for woodworking
Additional beneficial shop tools

Obviously there are LOTS of options when it comes to the brand, grade and quality of the tools you choose to get.  Here are 3 things you need to do prior to, and during your first project:

Workshop saftey infographic
Take workshop safety seriously

Be safe, and as always, feel free to leave a comment or suggestion below regarding any of the content listed.




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6 thoughts on “A BEGINNER’S TOOL GUIDE”

  1. This is what I like, thank you very much for the guide. I really appreciate that you put in the references for these tools. It makes it easier to browse the tools that is described.

  2. This is such a comprehensive guide and list of the tools needed for woodworking. Thanks for it, I really appreciate the way you put your sources and recommendations for the tools.

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