3 essential tools for every beginning woodworker

I’ve talked about building a wonderful workshop in one of my latest posts, as well as how much you should spend on a drill press if you need it to be a reasonable expense. Today, I’m going to address the matter of tools that I couldn’t possibly live without in my workshop, and the neat thing about those that I am going to recommend to you is that I got them when I first started out with my woodworking projects.

A router

A woodworking router is a gift from God if you’re looking to soften the edges on a rough piece that you’ve been working on for quite some time. This machine can be used for a variety of applications, and the neat thing about it is that it can even be utilized for mortising and dovetailing.

While the array of products that is available out there is downright baffling, I’ve noticed that there are certain features you need to be on the lookout for if you’re set on getting as much value as possible. Some of these include adjustability, a spindle lock, an electronic feed-back circuitry, a soft start, as well as a variable speed.

A miter saw

10-inch miter saws are extremely popular among hobbyists and DIY-ers, so it’s likely that you’ll be choosing this kind if you’re a beginning woodworker. Most of the units I have seen are equipped with 15-amp motors, which enables them to raise up to par under the majority of circumstances. Loads of blades are available on the market, and you can even replace the one that the model initially comes outfitted with.

If you’re not convinced by the versatility and convenience offered by a 10-inch alternative, perhaps you might benefit from using a portable 7.25-inch cordless miter saw. Many woodworkers choose this option because it’s compact, easy to work with, and even easier to carry from one spot to the next. Who knows when your neighbor or best friend might want to take up woodworking and you may have to explain to him how a miter saw works?

A drill press

Last, but not least, a drill press is surely a handy tool to have around. This particular machine can be utilized for drilling into all sorts of materials, so if you’re going to buy a powerful one right off the bat, you ought to know that you could even be able to drill through metal, not just wood.

Mini drill presses are exceptional when you’re starting out, but you have to pay attention to cleaning and maintenance as corrosion might affect the tool in the long run. Keep it clean and rust-free by using a lubricant once in a while.

If you want to purchase a new drill press, I recommend reading info from professional review sites.