Top Great Tools for DIY Woodworkers
There is a huge difference between a DIYer and a professional. A professional uses a wide array of tools as they need to go through very complex professional needs. On the other hand, a DIYer only looks for those tools which are good enough to go. A professional deals with lots of clients having various types of needs. On the contrary, a DIYer only takes care of his personal needs.
In the next few lines, I will guide you picking only those types of tools which will be worthy for woodworking. As there are a number of power tools available in the market, it really far too difficult choosing the best power tools for woodworking. In this article, I will demonstrate various aspects of these power tools, so that you can pick up the right one according to your requirements.
Not only the power tools, here, I am also going to share my personal tips on selecting all types of great tools for woodworking. Actually, it is nothing but a comprehensive guide and a compilation of great tools.
So, let’s title it – “Top Great Tools for DIY Woodworkers.”
It is a must have tool for any DIYer. You may not have other types of tools for woodworking but it is quite impossible doing any type of woodworking without a circular saw.
Basically, there are two types of circular saws are there in the market, type one is powered by direct AC and type two is powered by Battery.
Actually, there is a wide array of circular saws available depending price, fractures, and capabilities.
Makita, DeWalt, and WorX are the few of larger number of well-known brands you can trust.
When you need to get small tasks done, a hand saw will prove itself handy. Definitely, circular saws are great for bulk cutting but in the case, your wallet is not supporting you to go for one a new one a hand saw is not a bad option of choice.
But if you are dealing with a number of wood planks then depending on just handsaw is not enough at all.
Some DIYers are not limited in just producing traditional furniture. They want some variety, creativity, and diversity on their go.
Actually, routers are for those enthusiastic souls who love DIYing not only to save a few bucks but also to have some lucid pleasure.
I have seen many DIYers handling routers like pros. According to their words, there is nothing rocket science in operating routers. Actually, the user manual which comes with the tool is enough to get your router ready for the cut. But surfing in YouTube a number of videos is not a bad idea from my perspective.
Hey, have you ever heard the name of Jigsaw?
If not, I am a bit confused as it doesn’t sound like you are a DIYer. If you are new to woodworking, it is very common to make a mistake considering the Jigsaw as a circular saw.
Actually, they are similar in kind but not in function. When circular saws are worthy for a straight cutting, for a curve cutting nothing is so handy as the jigsaw is. It is very easy adjusting the speed and depth just like a push of the button.
And you will be glad to know that jigsaws are very affordable. The price varies from $20 to $300. Now you think, “Hmm, $300 that’s not dirt cheap and those ones of 20 bucks don’t seem to be good enough to go.
Basically, the DIYing and professional purpose are totally two different things as I have already told this before. For light woodworking those $20 are good enough to go.
Black & Decker, Ryobi, Makita are manufacturing world class quality Jigsaws having thousands of reviews on Amazon.
Actually, most of the DIYers are well known with the term “Drill machine”. Not only the woodworking, there is hardly any DIYing project which doesn’t call for a drilling.
Trust me, I am not pulling your leg, some drill machines so huge like giants. Some are tiny, compact and light-weight.
If you search on Amazon you will have a larger number of drill machines there.
Hammer & Screwdrivers
The usage of the hammer is quite widespread. I have hardly found any guy who didn’t deal with a hammer, a simple tool with lots of usages. And as the name goes screwdrivers, let it deal with your screws to join the planks.
Bench & Block Planes
Bench planes are quite larger and used largely to smooth the hills and valleys on the surface. Usually, the bench planes come with two handles. Actually, these two handles are for two different persons working together to get the task done quickly and reduce the fatigue.
The bench planes are angled at 45 degrees. On the other hand, block planes are smaller and angled at 20 degrees usually. It is largely used to smooth the end surfaces before joining two planks. But if you are dealing with quite a number of furniture very often, I would recommend you to go for a power jointer & thickness planer.
Sand Papers, Rasps & Files
Sandpapers are used at the last stage of smoothing any surface, more preciously after the application of bench or block planes. The surface ends of the sandpapers are very rough, so be careful while dealing with it.
The usage of rasps and files are quite well-known. It is largely used in shaping and sharpening the edges of metal tools used in woodworking. Let’s say jigsaw or circular saw. Using rasp you can easily sharpen the teeth of your saws. Quite well-known, nothing rocket science is here.
Actually, the tools have been listed here are from DIYing perspective, not considering the professional aspects. I don’t guarantee this is the complete list but I can ensure you that the tools are mentioned here are almost enough to go, especially if you are a newbie. I have skipped some tools as those are not recommended for newbie and call for a bit of experience before you go with them.