Top Five Tools For Beginning Woodworkers

If you are a beginner looking to get started on your woodwork, you have to look at your budget and see which tools you can afford to purchase. The good news is that you won’t have to break your bank to get started. You may require no more than seven tools to start as a woodworker. Read on to learn more about five essential tools that can help you tackle almost any woodwork project.

Circular Saw

Some people categorize this tool as a carpentry tool. However, we strongly disagree.  The circular saw is one of the most basic handhelds and hand-maneuvered power tools used for woodwork. You can expect great accuracy when the circular saw includes a champ-on straight-edge. Quite versatile, the circular saw can handle a few similar tasks expected from a table saw. For instance, you can cut through sheet-goods, such as MDF (medium-density fibreboard) and plywood. If you plan to woodwork on a budget, this tool (a circular saw) should be on the top of your purchased list of power tools.

Power Drill

Understandably, you might be expecting a cordless power drill on this list. However, remember we refer to basic power tools used in woodworking here, and there is nothing more powerful and versatile than a corded power drill. You might find cordless tools advantageous concerning enhanced portability. However, these cost more than corded power tools. While choosing the best-corded power drill, you will have to decide between a keyed and keyless chuck, hammer or straight drill, etc. Know all your options and their respective benefits before making a final purchase.

Random Orbit Sander

The third most essential basic handheld power tool for woodwork is the random orbit sander. You will find palm sander less expensive. However, the random orbit sander incorporates hook-and-loop fastened sanding plates. This version of sanders won’t leave scratches on your wooden workpiece, whereas other sanders will leave patterned scratches. Ensure that your supplier has your required sanding disk available to fit the model of your random orbit sander. The essential key to proper sanding is the use of finer grits that fit your model of random orbit sanders.


The fourth essential power tool for beginner woodworkers is a jigsaw. This power tool will allow you to cut circular and curved patterns in the wooden stock. You may find the band saw a bit more accurate while cutting through a thinner wooden stock. However, as a beginner, you can fully rely on the jigsaw. If you are looking for versatile use, you can opt for an orbital-action, corded jigsaw that is ergonomic and will feel good in your hand. The easy bland-changing system of the orbital-action jigsaw will also prove helpful.

Table Saw

Coming to the last and major power tool, we have landed finally on the table saw. It wouldn’t be wrong to state that the table saw is the crux of all woodworking shops. The table saw enables you to perfect sheet goods by cutting straight edges. You can cut in any style you want, including dado grooves, bevels, and miters. After completing your woodwork, we recommend using one of the Ratchet Straps at Sydney Tools to safely transport your goods.