If you are a beginner ready to dive into woodworking but aren’t sure where to begin, this woodworking tools list will help you knock out your first project. Wondering which tools you should invest in first when getting started, these woodworking tools for beginners are our favorites.
We get a lot of questions about how we manage to do it all…the renovations that is! It’s quite simple, really. We’ve learned a lot of lessons along our DIY journey. The one that sticks out the most is which tools are worth the splurge, the save, and which ones are actually necessary.
Woodworking is more than a DIY project, it’s truly an art. With each project, you are creating a piece of work that can be cherished for years to come!
Rather than tackling a larger project, like a whole wall of built in cabinets, starting small will help you become familiar with your tools, materials, and prevent waste. You will probably make some mistakes, but the perseverance will pay off!
Heading to The Home Depot with an idea in your head and a shopping list in your hand can quickly become overwhelming and confusing. With so many tools on the market, it’s best to stick to the essentials as you begin your woodworking endeavors.
This woodworking tools for beginners list contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.
Chances are, if you are already doing home improvement projects or renovations, you have a drill and drill bits. If that’s not the case, we highly recommend this cordless option as a drill and driver combo. Drill bits will need to be purchased separately.
You will use an orbital sander to smooth and prepare your woodworking surface for painting or staining. They do produce a lot of dust so be sure you get one with a port that hooks into a ShopVac to keep things cleaner.
If you're a beginner woodworker, an orbital sander will really make life easier if you are planning to paint or stain one of your projects.
A circular saw is designed for cutting wood for various projects. It’s a great tool because you can use it to cut plywood without a table saw. You can read more about that in our vertical shiplap post.
Air compressors are versatile and affordable tools that will save you a lot of space in a storage shed! Pneumatic tools require the use of an air compressor to work, such as sprayers for painting and staining, nail guns, etc.