Top 10 Woodworking Power Tools You Must Have || 10 Basic Carpentry Power Tools
January 25, 2020
1. Circular Saw:-
A good circular saw is one of the most versatile tools you can own. Most people consider the circular saw to be a carpentry tool but combined with proper clamping of your materials, they are just as accurate as any table saw. Plus, you can use a circular saw for tasks that you could never attempt with a table saw. A high-quality circular saw should be the first power tool in your workshop.
While some people consider the circular saw to be more of a carpentry tool than a fine woodworking tool, others would disagree. There may be no more versatile basic handheld power tool than a circular saw. When used with a clamp-on straight-edge, the circular sawcan be just about as accurate as a table saw and handle quite a few of the same tasks, including cutting sheet goods such as plywood. When woodworking on a budget, a quality circular saw should be the first handheld power tool purchased.
As a general rule of thumb, you should keep a selection of blades for your saws. Your circular saw and table saw, as well, can make rough cuts with a 40-tooth cutter saw blade. Plywood and other laminated materials will work well with an 80-tooth cutter saw blade.
2. Power Drill:-
The next power tool you should own is a power drill machine. Now, many people swear by cordless drills, but they’re more expensive, and they can’t do everything that an electric drill can do – that’s where the term “power” comes in. Power drills are not as expensive, and they’re more powerful than cordless drill machine, which do have their place in your shop. The steady power that comes with a corded drill makes it a better tool for extended use, especially when using large bits such as paddle bits.
Some might expect to see a cordless drill on this list, but when we're talking about basic power woodworking tools, a corded drill is more versatile and powerful. Cordless tools have the advantage of being more portable, but corded drills are less expensive and can do more than a cordless drill. There are some options to consider when choosing a cordedpower drill machine, such as whether you want a 3/8-inch or 1/2-inch chuck, keyed or keyless chuck, straight drill or hammer drill, and so on.
The power tool recommended for every beginning woodworker is a good-quality router. Routers are used to shape decorative contours on wooden workpieces, and they are excellent at cutting rabbets and dados. Every woodworker should have a router. With the router, you can shape the edges of your work.The variety of shapes is endless, with the various bits available. If you’re a beginner, a stationary base router will do almost everything you need. This will start and end the cut at the same depth that you set before you make the cut.
A plunge router allows you to plunge the bit into the wood, make your cut, then lift it back out. You can use your stationary router in a router table, making long cuts with ease using a fence. Some woodworkers even convert their table saw to accept a stationary router so that they can use the rip fence and feather boards.
The jigsaw can be perfectly effective power tool for a beginner. For versatility, choose an orbital-action, corded jigsaw that feels good in your hand and has an easy blade-changing system.
Every woodworker should have a jigsaw. it will allow you to cut curves and patterns in your workpiece. You’ll probably need an electric one, rather than a battery-operated, although the battery-powered jigsaws work fine on thin material and for limited use. You need to find one that fits your hand. Too small, and you can’t grip it; too large, and you can’t control it.
5. Palm Sander:-
A palm sander is vital to any woodworker’s power tool collection. The palm sander will use ¼ of a sheet of sanding paper and is small enough to get into tight places. However, you should be careful not to sand patterns into your finished work with the palm sander. They usually move in a circular pattern, or back and forth. Either way, they can leave swirls and streaks in your wood that show up once it is stained, so be sure to keep it moving across the surface you are sanding so that you don’t sand grooves into your wood.
6. Electric planer:-
Planer is a carpentry tool that is used to smoothen wooden workpiece surfaces. This planer machine is a simple and effective tool and is greatly used for flattening, reducing the thickness and smoothening the rough surface of the wood.By the very nature of their work, electric hand planers are a rough-and-tumble tool. Operation requires that they remain constantly and entirely in contact with your working surface. That’s quite a bit different than a saw or a drill that are in contact only at the tip of the cutting edge.
7. Compound Miter Saw:-
If you’re going to get into the crown molding and other such projects, you’ll need a compound miter saw. You may have used your circular saw for those beveled cuts and miters. However, nothing beats the precision of a good compound miter saw for those combination cuts.
The miter saw can be set to bevel up to 45 degrees and will cut at a 60-degree angle in both directions. The miter gauge on your saw should be easy to read and clearly marked. There should be hard stops at each major point, such as 0, 15, 22.5, 30, and 45. These degrees should be stopped on both sides. Not only that, but you should be able to lock the saw at any angle you wish.
The bevel on the saw is the ability to tilt the saw to compound the cut. This gives you the ability to cut 2 angles with one cut. You’ll need the 10” cutter saw blade if you intend to cut 6” lumber. The 12” cutter saw blade is nice, but few people really need the extra size, although they appreciate it if they have it. 8” cutter saw blades are just too small for most woodworkers. You can find compound miter saws with a sliding arm function like a radial arm saw, but they’re pretty pricey.
8. Random Orbit Sander:-
The 8th most important basic handheld power tool every beginner should own is a random orbit sander. While palm sanders are less expensive and can use plain sandpaper, the random orbit version uses hook-and-loop fastened sanding disks. The random orbit motion will not leave patterned scratches in the workpiece, as do other types of sanders. Of course, be certain that your local woodworking supplier has sanding disks readily available in a number of grits to fit the model that you choose, as the key to proper sanding is to use progressively finer grits.
9. Bench Grinder:-
A bench grinder is also useful power tool for carpenter in his workshop. It doesn’t have to be in the way – you can make a stand for it and keep it in the corner. But you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll use a bench grinder. You’ve got to keep all of your chisels sharp and keep the burrs off of your screwdrivers, too. A grinder doesn’t cost that much, and the time and expense it saves you when you have dull tools will pay for itself in no time.
10. Table saw:-
The table saw is the heart and soul of every woodworking shop—the centerpiece around which all of the other tools are used and organized. The table saw's strength is its ability to cut sheet goods with perfectly straight edges, but it can also make just about any cut you want, including miters, bevels, and even dado grooves.
The work surface should be heavy duty to withstand the abuse it will take. Look for a handle to raise and lower the cutter saw blade easily. It should have another handle so that you can adjust the angle of the blade. See if there are connections for a dust collector, too, to make that aspect easier. You’ll want your table saw to have enough power to cut through hardwood and make deep cuts. Again, look at amps and horsepower. The motor should start with little to no vibration and run smoothly. Make sure it has a blade guard and that the on/off switch is easy to reach.
The cutter saw blades for your table saw are in the same categories as the hand saws: rip and crosscut. The rip blades have deep gullets. The crosscut blade has a kerf, or extra cutting chisels, on every tooth, on alternating sides. This produces a very fine cut surface. Rip blades are designed to cut with the grain of the wood, as you rip stock. Crosscut blades can cut either with or against the grain. The most commonly purchased blades are combination blades, ranging from 24 TPI to 80 TPI.
Michael Canavan, Morecambe
Will make this ,but will try to make hinge adjustments as to cut thicker timber 👍,, great idea, Mick 🇬🇧⚒️🇬🇧
February 23, 2020
Rajat Kumar, Gurgaon
Thank you for this list. I love your channel and have watched numerous videos that you have uploaded and even made few things for my use. I am a DIYer hence limited in terms of budget.I would highly appreciate if you can guide on value for money table saws that I can buy in India. I ahve looked at numerous options but cheapest and decent one that I have found is Dewalt DW745 but its 45000+ in price. If there a decent priced table saw that I can buy?
January 27, 2020