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Basic Woodworking Tools

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 18th July 2008

Some basics you should have if you are going to get started in woodworking.  Again, don’t spend a lot of money on these tools till you know you are going to love woodworking and know which tools you are going to use all the time.  Till this day, I still buy tools, I think I need at outlet stores, then if I find I really use them all the time I will replace them with better tools.  But, why pay a lot of money for something you only use occasionally?  (Unless you have a lot of money and just like nice things!)

Basics; My Dollar Store hammer works as good as any-one’s I am very sure, how do I know this?  Because I can pound a nail into a board just as good as the guy next door! So there.  You should have a couple of different size saws, now, here is one of those places where Dollar Store might be a problem, if you want to make clean cuts you might want to think about buying better saw.  There is definitely a difference in cheaper saws.  Also, give some consideration to a Japanese pull saw, they cut much easier and if you are going to start out with just hand saws in the beginning (as I did) then a Japanese pull saw is a good choice.

Okay, let’s go back to Dollar Store or outlet type items; get a set of chisels, a set of screw drivers, needle noise pliers, wrenches, different grit sandpaper, couple of sizes paint brushes (for staining and painting projects), metal straight edge and a combination square (to measure angles).

Go look for bag o clamps, not kidding, plastic clamps or all sizes and you will use them everyday.  And very handy to have around are small filesThese are the minimum tools you can probably get along with.

You are also going to need some type of surface to work on.  I started with some old cabinets someone had taken out of their kitchen and through a thick piece of plywood on it.  Not the best workbench in the world but it worked!  You could also go to Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, or any of those home improvement place and pick up what is called a Workmate, it is sort of cross between a sawhorse and a portable vise.  It is a sturdy little bugger and I have one in my shop for small jobs, I use it all the time.  You can start out with that as your workbench though.

Okay, there is your shopping list for today.  Next I will talk about scroll saws (oh it gives me tingles just to say scroll saw!) : ) 

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