Basic Set of Tools for the Woodworking Beginner


(funky blues music) – So what I want to show
you is what I consider to be a basic toolkit for a
beginning woodworker. Someone who is interested in power tools but you’re not necessarily
ready to commit to the big power tools, the table
saws, the band saws. So what do you need to get work done? It’s really not that much, right? Look across the board,
I’ve got a couple of hand tools here, all hand power tools. Of course, I am a big fan of Festool. I love the quality, I do
this for a living so for me Festool is absolutely
worth the investment. It may not be for you. There are tons of brands
out there that will give you quality results and last a
very long time that aren’t green and black, or dark
blue, as the case may be. First of all, a router. A router is really one of the best multitaskers in your shop. You can do jointing with
a router, you could do flush trimming, of course joinery. A lot of people just think
of the router, they think of edge treatments, you know,
ogees and roundovers. But it can be so much
more useful than that. And if you build jigs to
support the router you’re really gonna exponentially
increase the amount of things that you can do with it. So a good quality router,
preferably a plunge router. A fixed base router is
okay, but a plunge router is really gonna allow you to do a lot more in terms of mortising
and things like that. It makes it easier to use. It’s more multifunctional that way. I do recommend a random-orbit sander. If you’re gonna get one, get a six inch. I think the extra real
estate saves you time. You’ve got more sandpaper
on the surface so it actually will be a time saver for you. But, random-orbit sanders,
I like them better than quarter-sheet sanders
because they sort of sand in a random orbital pattern which isn’t noticeable to the eye. You get a lot less of those
little pig-tail squiggly lines. So random-orbit sander,
I think, is essential. A good drill. All right. You don’t necessarily to
get all different types of drills, just the standard
drill driver like this for drilling holes and driving
screws will do the trick. Okay, a good quality circular saw. Even if you don’t have a
good quality circular saw, even a medium quality is gonna work. Or if you have a low budget circular saw, just put a better blade in there. The blade will make all the
difference in the world. And I’m gonna show you a
way to get better results out of this that are very
similar to what I get from my Festool setup with a track. You’re gonna like that. All right, by the way,
you’ll be using this to cut sheet goods. You can use it to cut
solid wood if you have a wide enough platform to work with. But if you want to work with plywood, MDF, things like that, circular saw
is gonna be your best friend. Now, you’re also gonna need
to cut curves at some point. I do a lot of this with a band saw. But you can do most of that
curve cutting with a jigsaw. It doesn’t really have to
be a high quality jig saw because a lot of times those curves, you’re gonna sand them afterwards. Or maybe use a file, or
something, to clean them up. All right, so this is
it for the power tools but if you get into wood
working you absolutely, I believe, you can’t ignore hand tools. They’re essential to doing good work. And to really increase
your versatility on what you can do, as well as your skills. So, a good set of chisels is essential. Quarter inch, half inch,
three quarters, and one inch. If you have those in your collection you pretty much have your bases covered, for the most part. But chisels are going to be, I don’t know, I use them on every single project. Something gets touched with
a chisel at some point. And a good multipurpose saw, okay? Now a lot of people, with
all these other sort of cutting implements and
things, don’t necessarily think that a hand saw is all that useful. But you’d be surprised how many binds this will get you out of. All right, and that is,
what I consider to be the basic tool kit. Now you can step this up. You could upgrade from a jigsaw and get yourself a band saw. You could stop relying so
much on your circular saw and get yourself a table saw. I mean, you could take the
router, flip it upside down and put it in a table, and now you’ve got even more functionality. So there’s upgrades,
you know, up the wazoo. But, for now, if you’re
just getting started and you want to do some of those things, like that instructables
link that I put in there, these are tools that are
gonna allow you to do that. And if you shop carefully and
maybe look at the used market, you can get all this
for a pretty low price. (gentle acoustic guitar)

100 Replies to “Basic Set of Tools for the Woodworking Beginner”

  1. Just saying this is not aimed at a beginner – I don't know about 30% of the words you're saying. Means nothing to me

  2. is her serious in an assasin's creed shirt wearing a lavalier on youtube pomoting fancy tools (nothing against fancy tools, they looks nice)

  3. Qwestion how do know if its a good power tool. If it has a certain amount of ampage or if it has good reviews or what. I'm guessing stay away from black and Decker tools since Walmart carries them.

  4. Finally am moving out of a small apartment with the gf into a house with a garage. Looking forward to getting some tools and starting some small projects. Thank you for the vid.

  5. Thanks for making this video. My grandfather passed away and I inherited a lot of tools and I didn't wanna sell them. I wanna continue on what he began enjoying in his retirement. I have everything you mentioned other than a drill (ironically).

  6. Any recommendations for a good benchtop jointer??

    (I don't want to go benchtop… but I have a tiny space and it's unavoidable)

  7. hi my name is Cyril Ngaponda, i am a doctor and i live in Africa a country called Tanzania, i was randomly browsing my internet but my aim is looking for someone to be my mentor on how i can start a small carpentry bussiness, i am very interested in home furniture and decoration designing. i saw your video on the basic tools for a beginner, i was very delighted on you. my request is for you to be my mentor through this journey, we can be writing emails and whatever you tell me or ask i will follow, i am 37 years old, i believe we gonna be good partner and friends as well. my email is [email protected]

  8. im a beginner. i don't know what jointing, flush trimming or joinery are. when I click on a beginner's video, i want to understand the terminology. I'll keep looking

  9. I’m a 2nd generation Carpenter And a pro tattoo artist. I want to learn more About this craft but my Father passed away when I was young
    And I feel that he would have loved to keep his tradition going

  10. Thanks for the video I’ve always been interested in wood working and never know where to start but now I have an idea thank you.

  11. Nobody seems to be learning anything from this video because they are focusing on the brand and not the tool, of course no beginner is going to be buying festool power tools for a hobby.

  12. A basic set of tools is determined by the work you do.  Not by some arbitrary list maker.  Are you a trim carpenter, a framer, a cabinet maker, a tradesman of some other type or a home owner who needs some basic woodworking tools to support your activities.  Each one of these people will have a different list.  One tool they will all need is tape measure.  A hammer is losing some of its past glory but is still in most tool kits as is the square.  I have a router.  It was a waste of money.  I only used it once and even then I could have used a plane. I can never see me needing an orbital sander and I have been in the trade for 47 years.  The cordless drill is a useful tool for many jobs.  A circular saw is right up there but it would be a tough call whether the circular, table, band saw is most useful and yes the jig saw has it's moments but not as often as the previous saws.  Back to my first point… what you do determines what you need.  As for the Festool ad… I guess you're hoping they toss you a bone for that blatant ad.

  13. Was scared of wasting money in tools that thought I’ll never use but ,
    No anymore have bunch of ideas and positive if I never try I’ll never known if I’m good or not

  14. Hi, I'm redoing my wood floors and for some reason in certain spots it's changing colors like splotchy. It's like a light paper bag brown, they really stand out. It does it even after I sand and stained it. Can you help?

  15. I see you didnt rank them…which is really impossible…

    But I'd have to put the circular saw number one.

    1. Circular Saw
    2. Drill
    3. Sander
    4. Router
    5. Jigsaw

    That's just how I would rank them if I had to…but of course that doesnt make sense.
    Its kinda like saying a cars engine is more important than its wheels.

  16. He must be making good money to be able to afford festools. Personally I think they're overpriced in that you're paying for a name. But if that's what he prefers and can justify it cest la vie. Pssst I would have gone with Milwaukee.

  17. first tool shown in a "BASIC SET" is a plunge router from a professional brand.
    I stopped the video here because you miss the point.

  18. I have been a bio major for three years now, and honestly I have been considering trade because I am losing my passion for biology and chemistry. I have been considering carpentry the most, and I was hoping if you had any advice or websites that I could look into for this transition.

  19. Alrighty then, trying to learn, you lost me with your terminology in less then a minute. Don't know what a jig is… don't know what half the things you mention regarding that router can do….

  20. Hey man, I just wanted to say thank you for taking your time and energy to put this video out. I have to build my mother new cabinets.. well, I could but them, but why? I figure the money I'd spend on the cabinets is more than it would cost to buy all the tools needed. So, here's my question. How do I build a cabinet?? Lol, kidding, I'll teach myself. The real question is, what do I need? I'm considering quitting my job and working for myself building cabinets. I'd be comfortable spending between 5 to 8 thousand getting up and running. Thanks, again!

  21. I did not plan to make use of this woodworking book, TopFineWoodworking. Com but instead curious about it. I had been truly amazed right after trying it. I was seeking to learn more about the art of woodworking, and was not disappointed. I found many topics such as wood types and designing your workshop.

  22. It is funny to see all the comments lambasting this guy for the Festool tools. Yes, they are expensive, but this guy does this for a living and most likely gets hooked up with sponsorships. Even if not, with enough work and time, one may organize a tool savings budget. Extrapolate for your own economic situation!

  23. When I started to gear up my new garage and to build small things after building the whole house and garage. First thing I bought was a table saw 😀 I would recommend it for anyone who wants to do anything actually.

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  25. This video is great because I'm trying to keep a tight budget as I get into woodworking, but does anyone out there show projects done only with these simple tools? All the videos on WWs channel use tools I will probably never own. What projects can I do with this "Basic Set"?

  26. I have like 6 little clamps and I find those are the things I most wish I had… I am a newb..only built a few things for wife (all borrowed tools, I have none) but I want to create a wood shop!

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