Beginners to the wood working trade often don’t realize that if you are just starting to build your tool inventory, it can get pricey real quick. The amount of tools required to do all the various carpentry tasks can make the whole endeavor seem daunting to the novice wood worker. There is also a range of brands and associated quality with tools on the market that can make things more confusing.
Fortunately you don’t really need to buy every single wood working tool to get started. Here are the top 5 power tools you’ll need to get most jobs done.
A cordless drill is going to be one of your most faithful companions in wood working and carpentry. It’s an extremely versatile piece of equipment because you can attach different bits for drilling, screwing, cleaning, sanding, and brushing.
A good cordless drill can make some jobs go much faster when you aren’t cranking screws by hand. Cleaning and sanding attachments can pretty much turn a drill into a completely different tool allowing you to sand down boards, clean up rough edges, grind away rough spots, and other similar tasks.
Check out our latest cordless drill reviews to help guide you through the buyer’s process.
There are a lot of saws you’ll eventually need for wood working and other tasks related to carpentry. The circular saw is like the jack of all trades in your saw inventory. For example larger miter or table saws are really only good for straight or angled cuts on big boards or other material. A Jigsaw or Reciprocating saw is great for small cuts but a pain when you have a bigger job.
The circular saw can venture into both of these areas. If you have a steady hand you can make straight or angled cuts in larger boards. As long as you aren’t getting too detailed, you can cut out smaller notches without having to get a Jigsaw. Circular saws are also relatively light weight and newer models have things like laser guidance and very durable blades. Basically if you could only choose one saw to have, it should be a circular saw. See Protoolzone circular saw guide.
Other Types of Saws You Will Need
A miter saw is definitely another power tool you should have in your inventory. These are larger saws that have 10 inch to 12 inch blades or larger. They are very precise at cutting angles and straight lines. They are also extremely powerful.
If you have a larger project doing things like trim work, hanging molding, framing or hardwood flooring, the accuracy, ease-of-use, and power of a miter saw are indispensable.
A table saw is one of those tools you don’t really think about until you need to rip a board length wise or router a board. Then they are one of your most valuable pieces of equipment.
There are table saws that are for more commercial applications. They are large, hard to move, and weigh hundreds of pounds. Smaller, more portable contractors models are also available and probably a better investment for a residential user.
Table saws are great for long accurate cuts or for shaving or routing long pieces of a board. Finish work has a lot of these types of processes in it.
Last but not least is the Jig saw which is a small reciprocating saw used for tight cuts or smaller jobs. This is also sometimes referred to as a saber saw. The Jig saw is great for cutting small pieces of trim, cuts that have a lot of turns, finer materials, and/or hard to reach spots.
Because of the small blade on a Jigsaw, it is very versatile and can turn corners tightly creating shapes, angles, and other uncommon cuts. By changing out the blade, a Jigsaw can cut different materials like wood, metal, tile, and plastic.
Our Final Thoughts:
There are numerous other power tools that you can invest in along with additional accessories for the tools mentioned above. If you can score these 5 you’ll be in good shape for pretty much any wood working job you need to do. More sophisticated or intricate jobs will require additional bits, blades, and other accessories. You can sometimes find kits that include the power tool along with additional accessories all in the same package.