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Forum topic by Burr24821 posted 06-19-2013 08:16 AM 656 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-19-2013 08:16 AM

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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#1 posted 06-19-2013 09:29 AM

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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#2 posted 06-19-2013 10:53 AM

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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#3 posted 06-19-2013 11:56 AM

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,

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#4 posted 06-19-2013 12:24 PM

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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#5 posted 06-19-2013 12:44 PM

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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#6 posted 06-19-2013 12:58 PM

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.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 06-19-2013 01:42 PM

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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#8 posted 06-19-2013 01:55 PM

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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