Hi, I am new to woodworking and have been buying a few tools. Since my
budget is getting small I was wondering what some of the must have power
tools I should buy. The tools I bought thus far are:
a skill router with a small table
I plan on doing some general house repairs, but id like to try a project
like building a coffee table or an entertainment center.
Thanks for your help
A couple of must have power tools are hand powered tools. A set of chisels,
sharpening stones, and a block plane are "musts" if you want to build a
Those chisels will not be sharp when you buy them. They must be honed to get
the most from them. A drill and drill press should be high on the list. Get
a few brad point drill bits for wood. If you have a good jigsaw, the
bandsaw can be postponed a bit.
As time goes on, consider a compressor with a finish nailer or brad nailer.
Unless you are able to buy wood that is jointed and planed, they will be
high priorities also. Buy tools as called for by the project you are
working on. You'll be amazed at how you can work around things if you don't
have every tool ever made.
A couple of lessons in woodworking goes a long way also. See if anything is
available in your area. Don't forget a book or two.
Thanks for the info...I forgot I bought a compressor, a finish nailer,
and a HVLP spray gun. I also have a hand drill. I've heard of using a
router as a jointer, if that works I'll try to get a planer and also get
Ed's advise is sound however I'll add precision measuring and marking tools
are a must. Save your money and buy quality tools once and avoid the pain
cheap tools will eventually inflict. A balance needs to be struck between
choosing quality vs expense. Things like cheap router/drill/forstner bits
will cause you more trouble than they are worth.
I'll also say that education and patience will serve you well. Take your
time and do it right. I like to make things so that one day, someone will
be proud to own it.
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Starret Combination Square. I do ALL of my indirect measurment with
this tool. I just have the square head and the 12" blade. ~$60
Marking guage. Get together with another woodworker and watch how he
uses it. You want one that feels good in your hand and which is easy to
adjust. This is for direct measurement when you don't care about the
number, just the fit. ~$40
Take your combo square to the hardware store and find a tape that agrees
with it for the first foot. I lucked out that the 30' Stanley I use for
stage carpentry was good enough. ~$20
Bevel guage. This is for transfering angles. Same idea as the marking
guage. You set it to the exact angle of the piece. You don't care
about the number. ~$15
You can use a carpenter's square for setting angles, but you can to the
same job with the combination square with a little care, particularly on
the size pieces we're usually using.
The book "Workshop Math" from Popular Science has lotsa layout and
measurement techniques. Also check out Lee Valley--they have reprints
of some marking/layout books involving a carpenter's square.
On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 13:18:45 +0000, U-CDK_CHARLES\Charles wrote:
Charles is 100% right on the money with this recommendation. Although I am
not familiar with this particular book, I strongly suggest learning "shop
trig". (try http://www.lindsaybks.com/Lindsay publications) It will make
setting angles simple using just a few basic functions, direct
measurements and an inexpensive calculator with the sine function
The nicest thing about applying this to woodworking is that, where
angle measuring tools are limited by their usually small size, trig can
get you an angle at any size. Quickly and with an uncanny degree of
Lots of people already know trig to this level. Perhaps you do, too. But
if you don't, take the time to learn it. Your time spent studying will be
repaid over and over and over. I promise.
I assume you've got a few more hand tools: drills, bits, etc.
I think you've got a good start on the necessities. If you want to continue
to load up on Power Tools, then a bandsaw, jointer and planer round out the
essential base tools (the table saw is the fourth). Unfortunately, they can
be a hit on the budget.
I found a good set of chisels goes a long way. On money constraints,
I'd buy a ROS, jig saw, drill, circular saw, router, possibly an
electric planer before moving up to a stationary sander, bandsaw,
table saw, router table, and jointer.
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