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Burr24821

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406 days ago

Hello I am very new to wood working but really interested in it ! I was wondering if anyone could help me with a essential tool list ! The essential tools that u one want to buy one time ! The things most important and most used ! My skills are limited but drive is huge and needing to help!


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David Dean

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#1 posted 406 days ago

Well this is my 02
1 you need a good table saw for ripping and other things as well.
2 a good miter saw for cross cuts
3 and this one is importment a planer this well save you money in the long run by planing your own lumber
4 this is a so so tool but a band saw works good for some jobs.
thats my 02

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MrFid

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#2 posted 406 days ago

You’ll hear many dissenting opinions here. But one thing that I’ll say it that you should first determine what you want to build, then think about what tools you’ll need in order to make it. Then, get only those tools. Rinse and repeat, and before you know it you’ve got a shop full of tools.
For the record there are many of us who don’t own planers, but instead use handplanes. If you buy used handplanes from ebay, CL, yard sales and the like, you won’t need a planer and you can save some money (plus they leave a better finish and are more fun to use). :)

Good luck and welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 406 days ago

I agree with Bailey on the “buy what you need for the project” approach. But for this guy, I’ll take an electric planer any day over a hand plane. That being said, I spent the first 25+ years of my 42 years in woodworking without an electric planer, so there’s that…
Overall, the goal is to build projects, not try to guess what tools you need up front. If you decide to build birdhouses, you might start out with a simple cutoff saw, sabre saw, and some hand tools.

Later on, if you start doing indoor furniture, you will obviously need a router, some bits, and other tools. It grows as you grow.
Pick out that first project, and buy tools to the project.
Good luck, and welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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jerrells

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#4 posted 406 days ago

Several people have said, and I repeat, you were not specific as to what type of woodworking. That determines a lot of what you purchase.

But for my two cents here is a general list.

1. a good drill/driver
2. a good quality table saw
3. Clamps – large or small depending on what you plan to do
4. Work bench/work table – this can be a couple of saw horses and a sheet of plywood for a while.

As others have said, once you start building you will find you needs. Just start – and let the fun begin.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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EdwardR

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#5 posted 406 days ago

I just a few steps ahead of you and made some costly mistakes. yes good Table saw, band saw Drill press did not get one yet and paying the price. If you do buy a planer still buy a hand plane or two. i used them a lot.
Then go broke buying clamps and when you think you have enough buy more. Good set of chisels. I did a lot of practice and learning with my Kreg Jig. lol.

Now purchase what you need as you go. decide what you want to build and make tool lists. my first project or two or three cost more in tools the wood but i had what i needed.

I had the woodworking brain fart and went on a spending spree and have a lot of nice tools in the cabinet that will be new when my grandkids get them.

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JayT

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#6 posted 406 days ago

you should first determine what you want to build, then think about what tools you’ll need in order to make it. Then, get only those tools. Rinse and repeat, and before you know it you’ve got a shop full of tools.

This is very good advice. Most shops are based around a table saw, but I have a cousin who is a very talented woodworker that never uses one. Why? His projects are lathe turnings and small boxes, so he uses a band saw and scroll saw and has no need for a table saw or other tools that someone building furniture would need on a regular basis.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 406 days ago

Learn how to sharpen chisels, plane blades, marking knives etc.

A wicked sharp edge is a good thing, and Welcome to LJ’s.

And push that surgical edge away from you!

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Gary

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#8 posted 406 days ago

Do you know anyone that does woodworking? It might help to visit a shop and explore your way thru the tools. Look thru the projects list and find items you would like to build. Then ask what tools you would need for those builds. Also, where will you be getting your wood? Big Box, already planed and straight edged or from a mill, rough lumber. Lots of stuff to consider

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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