7 Woodworking Tools You Must Have: A List From The Expert

Was getting a wooden sculpture made by my local carpenter and it made me think "What tools are a must-have for woodworking?"

One of the most frustrating things for a wood worker might be working on a project and realizing he/she doesn't have to right tool finish it.

With this thought, I did some research on the devices a woodworker must have in his/her workplace. I found that The Measurement tape, Chisel, Screwdriver, Hammer, T-bevel, Combination Square and Nail Setter are the most important tools one must have.

Let us dive into details on everything you need to know about them.

7 Essential Woodworking Tools List For Beginners:

1. The Measurement Tape

This is an item not only a necessity to woodworkers but also to people of other professions. Varieties of tape can be found on the market today, this necessary doesn't mean all these variants are useful.

I found out that retractable measuring tapes are the best among the bunch to choose from. Not only it is portable but also accurate.

Experts suggest getting tape measures which are shorter than 25 feet as longer than 25 feet measuring tapes can sometimes take a long time to retract and even fails to withdraw all the way in times.

2. The Chisel

A set of this tool will allow you to curve tools like nothing else. Chisels are usually made from metal or other alloys. You should opt for high-alloy carbon steel or chromium-vanadium alloyed steel body as these materials form the tool a lot more durable than its iron body counterpart.

There is a vast array of sizes you can choose from; this array ranges from a quarter of an inch to one and a half inch ones. Corner chisels is another kind of chisel that can make holes in a plank of wood if needed.

Both your hands will be working on the tool as one involves holding it in place and the other consists in hitting it with a wooden hammer.

Never use a metal body hammer on the chisel as it will destroy its body and will render it useless after a short period.

Be careful as a miscalculated blow of hammer can land at your finger damaging them in the process if you lose focus while working with this tool.

3. The Screwdriver

There are maybe a million different types of screwdrivers in the market although it is not necessary that you will need all of them. Philips, Flathead, and Star driver are the kinds that you will frequently be using.

According to my sources, you will need all the above-listed kinds of a screwdriver in three lengths; Long, Medium and Short. Also, thin-shanked screwdrivers can come in handy while working on narrow spaces.

There are some kinds of retractable screwdriver nowadays, try to get those as you might have to work out of your workplace from time to time and carrying all these tools can be overwhelming.

These retractable screwdrivers are very portable and will fit inside your pockets with eases.

Professionals have suggested using beeswax or soap onto the screws before threading it in; this helps the screw to move in smoothly without leaving rough edges.

4. Nail Setter

Nail setter is a simple yet essential tool to have. Awl and nail setter are similar in looks so don't confuse one with the other. The device is used for setting nails firm with the surface of the wood.

By doing this, the nails enter the wood surface entirely and gives a clean finish to the work the woodworker is doing. This process can also be beneficial when you are varnishing your work after completion, as nails which are sticking out can cause damage to the finishing of the varnish.

5. T-Bevel

This tool is used for measuring angles of the wood you are working on. Angles are important when working on furniture’s as miscalculating angles at the end will leave you with a product that wobbles or one that is not firm. T-bevel can also be locked in place if necessary.

6. Combination Square

Square cuts are made through this tool on the wooden surface. The combination can be found in two variant sizes; 12" and 6".

You can find longer versions of this tool if you look hard enough, but it's not that common as 6" is the preferred size by most woodworker and 12" is less popular due to its lack of portability.

Existing and new angles can be determined using this tool. Be on the look for its metal body as getting a plastic one might save you money at first, but after a while, if the plastic gets bent, it will make the whole tool useless.

7. Hammer

Hammer is probably as crucial as wood in the world of woodworking, most of us already know what a hammer is. For those of us who don't, hammer is a tool which mostly has a solid metal body.

Other materials can also be used to make special hammers for exclusive use. The handle of the hammer can be found in both wood and metal.

If you opt for the wood one, make sure the handle is well built and appropriately furnished as cracks in the grip of the wood might lead to an accident while working with it.

Opting for the solid metal body-handle, one will guarantee you durability and reliability but will put stress in your hands.

As metal is not good at absorbing shocks, try adding rubber grip for extra grip. According to experts, always buy a well build hammer as it reduces effort and increases productivity.


If you have read the article above, you probably are thinking about the same question. Woodworking is a form of art, and I love art for which I wanted to make woodworkers life just a litter easier with this information even though it is negligible.

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