5 Essential Tools To Buy For Your Beginner Workshop

If you’re just starting out with building and woodworking then there are 5 essential tools you’ll need to buy for your beginner workshop.

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1 Palm Sander

No matter what type of wood project you’re making, it’s likely you’ll need to sand it at some point. 

A palm sander smooths out rough edges, preps for stain and paint jobs, strips old paint, takes sharp edges off of corners, smooths rough finishes and so much more. It’s so much faster to use a palm sander than it is to sand by hand. So you can see why it’s necessary. 

I use a Black & Decker (like this one)  sander and it has lasted me about 7 years so far. It’s so easy to switch out the sandpaper.

2 Miter Saw

Next up is the miter saw! I have a great overview on the miter saw here to help you get familiar with it and it’s capabilities. 

This tool is necessary because it quickly makes accurate crosscuts. It also makes angled and beveled cuts. The miter saw is a tool that you will likely use on almost every project.

There are different kinds of miter saws that cut different sizes of material. I use a Ryobi similar to this one. It’s been a great miter saw to start out with. It’s easy to control and small enough that I can lift and move it around when needed.

The compound miter saw has a base that simply pulls down, makes the cut and comes back up. They don’t have the reaching capabilities of a sliding compound miter saw.

But they are portable, less expensive, and take up less space. They usually cut anywhere from 6”-7.5” boards depending on the size of blade the tool allows for.

The sliding compound miter saw ( like this one)can make larger cuts. Some can cut as high as 16”. This would come in handy when working with plywood and other large materials that need to be cut down. 

The Disadvantages of the sliding compound miter saw are higher price, takes up more space, and they’re not AS portable as the smaller saws.

3. Jig Saw

The jig saw is a very versatile tool. It can cut straight edges, or curves. If you get the right jig saw like the Ryobi jig saw (this is the one) then you can also cut beveled edges.

The reason I’ve added it to this list is because of its portability and its ability to cut curves. There’s bound to be a project that has some curvy pieces, and when you come across it you’ll be glad you have a jig saw. 

Click here for a great overview of the jigsaw, how to use it and what it can do!

4. Drill

For obvious reasons the basic drill made it on the list. If you will be building wood projects, then you’re going to need to attach your pieces together somehow. It is very necessary. 

I use a Ryobi battery powered drill like this one and have for the last 8 years. It’s held up really well and is still going strong!

5. Table Saw

The last tool of the 5 tools to buy is a table saw! Before you reject this idea let me tell you why the table saw is my favorite tool in the workshop.

For starters it allows you to customize any project.
You can cut the thickness of a board.
It will slice the rounded edges from builders grade material to give you clean square projects.
You can slice down large sheets of plywood with it. 

It will bevel the length of a board.

You can cut rabbets into boards

Batch cutting materials is so much easier with the table saw!

For more reasons why you need a table saw, and detailed examples of what it can do click here

I’ve also got a detailed overview of the table saw here to help you get more comfortable with it and its capabilities.

Here’s a great quality table saw that will get you the results you’re looking for. 

Table Saw Alternative

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of getting a table saw (though I think you should get comfortable with it) The circular saw can do some of the things the table saw can do and would be a good alternative to a table saw. Here’s the newer version of the one that I use. Again It’s a Ryobi and I’ve had it for 8 years, and it’s still going strong!

Overview Of The 5 Essential Tools To Buy For Your Beginner Workshop

So those are my suggestions on the 5 Essential Tools To Buy For Your Beginner Workshop!

 I hope this was helpful. Be sure to take a look through the tools archives to learn more basics about various power tools. I also have projects organized according to the tool required to make the project so check them out as well!

Here’s a great round up of beginner miter saw projects

& click here to find 15 1 hr. beginner jigsaw projects 

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