Woodworking, the simple yet amazing hobby that has captured the hearts of so many. It doesn’t take much to get started, just a few basic tools. Once you have the tools, you can get started making anything your imagination can come up with.
So what are these tools you wonder? Some of them you are probably already familiar with, like a hammer; others you may not have heard of, like hand planes. For a more detailed list of further tools required including power tools, read this – Power Tools For Woodworking
So let’s begin.
The obvious and probably most known of wood working tool is the chisel. Chisels are used for shaving and carving. You’ll need to work with a sharp one and you can get by with only about four sizes. These would be ¼” ½” ¾” and 1”. These chisels are a good size for most projects. When you are buying one, make sure you find one that feels good in your hand and learn how to sharpen it. Buying one that is ready to use pretty much never happens and you might have a harder time if you don’t sharpen it first.
Next on the list is a hammer. We’ve all seen a hammer and many have used one. The hammer can be used for driving a chisel down, hammering down nails, and knocking joints together. If you need to bang something down, the hammer will be your best friend. You’ll find that there are plenty different kinds of hammers and you’ll want to find one that isn’t too heavy but still has enough weight to it to get the job done.
Next we have hand planes. You’ve probably seen these in movies where people are sitting on the porch shaving off a piece of wood for their project. This is most often used to adjust the thickness of the wood as well as smoothing it out. This tool is something you won’t want to be caught without, it’s faster and more effective than a sander, leaving a much smoother, more desirable surface behind. You’ll want it sharp and like a chisel, it’s not going to be ready to use right out of the box; but once you have it set up, you’ll be on your way and you’ll wonder how anyone could ever be without one in their kit.
Hand saws are not a popular choice for many big projects because so many people prefer electric saws, but if you’re doing some woodworking on a smaller project or if you just prefer hand precision, you’ll want to make sure you have at least one handsaw in your kit. There are two major kinds of handsaws, rip saws and crosscut saws. Rip saws are meant to cut in the direction of the grain and crosscut saws are as the name implies, made to cut against the grain. Both are handy and are must haves for your woodworking kit.
Clamps are an invaluable tool for every woodworker. You’ll need them to make the use of every other tool much easier. Clamps hold everything in place for cutting, shaving, nailing together, or even for keeping it straight and still to measure for the next cut. You’ll want at least 2 clamps in your kit, but any experienced woodworker will tell you that you can never have too many clamps.
Last on the list is actually going to be a few things. Measuring tools. A ruler, measuring tape, and something to mark with. A drafting pen is great for marking the wood as it makes thin and clear lines, a very important matter when you’re working on any and all projects. A regular pencil is hard to see and often makes unclear, wide, and fuzzy lines and they are not ideal. If you must use one, you’ll need to keep it as sharp as possible. However, a thin tipped sharpie marker works great if you can’t get your hands on a drafting pen.
The collapsible ruler is great for when you want something versatile. You can save space in your bag because it gets pretty compact and you can use as much of it or as little of it as you need. A basic ruler is good for smaller projects, the metal ones are good because they are thin and strong. Keeping proper measurements is very important. Having a measuring tape handy will be great for those extra large projects and those that aren’t exactly straight edged. These three items are arguably some of the most important tools you will use in your woodworking projects.
Now that you know the basics of what you will need in your woodworking kit, you can get your tools together and get started. Happy Woodworking!