Check Out This List Of Essential Woodworking Tools To Get Started


First, we are starting off with the power drill. This is probably the most used tool that you will use. Drills are used in the woodworking shop for so many reasons these days, making it an essential tool for woodworking.

Our recommendation is the Makita 5/8 in. Hammer Drill (2102258) – $460.50

It gives you a little more power for drilling and a little more versatility with it being a hammer drill. It operates at 2,800 RPM and 44,800 BPM to help with most projects, is lightweight, and can be held comfortably with its soft-grip handle. It also has a lock-on button for continuous usage.


Compound Miter Saws would probably be most next used tool. They are very similar to circular saws in that they make the same rip and cross-cut as a circular saw, but the miter saw is fixed in an arm or a track, making it more accurate. Most series of angles can be cut with a miter saw.

Our recommendation is the DEWALT Compound Miter Saw (2152594) – $3712.50

With 11 positive stops, the DEWALT Compound Miter Saw delivers repeatable accuracy,  greater versatility, and a lightweight built-in carry handle for easy portability.


Brad nailers are mostly used detailed applications such as trim work, cabinetry, and moldings. They are designed to fire brad nails ideal for binding wood trim.

Our recommendation is the SENCO FinishPro Magnesium Brad Nailer (2035636) – $223.80

The SENCO FinishPro Magnesium Brad Nailer is a durable & ultra-light tool for comfortable extended use, it has an oil-free motor, equipped with nose-mounted led light to help illuminate dark workspaces. The selectable trigger also lets you control the fastening method with a flip of the switch.


This tool doesn’t get as much use as the tools listed above, but it definitely comes in handy when needed. A jigsaw is used mostly for cutting curvy lines into wood. Most saws are made to cut in a straight line but the jigsaw gives you the flexibility to cut complicated shapes and patterns.

Our recommendation is the Makita MT Series Orbital Jig Saw (2153288)- $353.58

Makita MT Series Orbital Jig Saw features industrial performance and durability with a change lever for 3 orbital settings and straight cutting. Plus a new exterior design and ergonomic handle with rubberized soft grip.


When working with lumber, the circular saw has proved to be a very useful tool. It is an electric saw that turns a round blade to cut wood and other materials depending on the blade.  Sometimes the miter saw is just too stationary for a straight cut, so the circular saw is useful to make lap joints and other less conventional cuts.

Our recommendation is the Makita 7-1/4″ 185MM Circular Saw (2153561)- $428.02

The Makita 7-1/4″ 185MM Circular Saw features two built-in LED lights that illuminate the line of cut for improved accuracy. A large cutting capacity 2-3/8″ at 90 degrees and 1-3/4″ at 45 degrees. Heavy-gauge aluminum wraparound base engineered for improved durability and has a powerful 15.0 AMP motor with a high power-to-weight ratio.


Most furniture pieces need a little sanding at the end so it is vital to have a Random Orbital Sander Handy. Random orbital sanders are handheld tools where the sanding blade delivers a random-orbit action. They are primarily used for sanding.

Our recommendation is the Makita Random Orbital Sander (2153442)- $460.86

The Makita Random Orbital Sander combines speed and performance with improved grip and control, including an innovative adjustable front handle. It is ideal for woodworkers, finish carpenters, and general contractors. 


If you plan on building furniture, a measuring tape is a must to get those accurate measurements. This is really essential, there are tons of options out there.

Our recommendation is the Stanley 16 ft. PowerLock Tape Measure (2158461) – $33.72

This 16 ft. tape measure is made of durable Mylar polyester film for extended blade life. The forward blade lock makes locking and unlocking a cinch, and the chrome-plated ABS case resists high impact. A Tru-Zero hook slides to accommodate both inside and outside measurements, helping avoid errors caused by the thick hook.


When building furniture, making sure everything is level is really important. Make sure you have a level handy to make sure things are straight and even.

Our recommendation is the 48 in. Aluminum Level (2133332) – $82.73


Just like a level, a square is essential during building to make sure things are square and also when putting together tools to make sure they are also square.

Our recommendation is the Stanley 16″ Combination Square (2155100) – $114.51


You’ll need some help driving in those screws. Get you a good Drill Bit set to go along with your drill.

Our recommendation is the 15-Piece Pro Titanium Drill Bit Set (2102035) – $112.89


Clamps are the one tool you’ll never have enough of. Clamps come in handy when trying to join lumber together, especially if you’re a one-person team.

Our recommendation is the Truper 6″ Clamp (2008196) – $50.25

Let us know if this guide was helpful, we’re always available in-store to assist in selecting any item from this list. Give us a call for more recommendations and tips on how to get started on your woodworking journey. 

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