Expert Answers: Basic Woodworking Tool Kit

Looking to start a new woodworking hobby, but don't know the best tools for beginners? HANDY has the answer.

Q: I want to start doing some basic woodworking projects in my spare time. What tools will I need? - Ken Solomon, Cresco, IA

A: Beginning woodworkers usually end up adding tools specifically for each new project, but here is a list to get you started:

  • Power saw (jigsaw or circular saw)
  • Hand saw (pull saw, back saw or coping saw)
  • Drill
  • Hand plane
  • Marking and measuring instruments (combination square, tape rule, steel rule, etc.)
  • Chisel set (four to six)
  • Clamps (C-clamps, quick clamps, pipe clamps and hand screws)
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Hammer and mallet
  • Utility knife
  • Wood file

When you buy tools, invest in good ones. Even if you decide not to pursue woodworking, you will use these tools for maintenance projects around the home. And if you like woodworking (we hope you will), your tools will often last a lifetime and beyond -- and you and your tools will develop character with each project. - HANDY