By definition, a power tool is one that needs electrical power to work. The prime reason for one to use power tools is that it makes the whole process of creating woodworking masterpieces fast, efficient and cost effective. We’ll talk about the 7 most essential woodworking power tools that all woodworkers must have.
Many beginners in woodworking take one look at their budget and worry how they can afford to buy a whole shop full of woodworking power tools to get started. Fortunately, one doesn’t have to spend a fortune to get started.
There are really only seven woodworking tools that I would recommend any beginning woodworker have on hand from the start, and most are relatively inexpensive. However, with these seven tools, a beginner can tackle quite a number of projects. These are the best woodworking tools. The following woodworking power tools are listed in order of importance.
This is among the first power tools and any professional woodworker buys and it is also among the most used power tools in a woodworker’s workshop. Since, this equipment os used often, you should always buy a quality table saw that can withstand all the work it will be performing. Right from ripping, grooving, joining and mitering, it can do it all and more.
Another versatile power tool that woodworkers cannot do without is a circular saw. This tool can be hand held or can be mounted on a table. You can set the depth of the cut and therefore with it you can create narrow slots, dado cuts, etc. It’s mobility is an added advantage which you do not get with a table saw.
If your woodwork needs cutting circles and curves, you must own a jigsaw. It is a handheld device and is quite indispensable in any woodworking workshop. The jigsaw is also sometimes referred to as a sabre saw.
Many people find cordless power drills to be useful for them, but they are not as powerful as they corded power drills, yet they are more expensive. The corded power tools typically work when connected with an electrical power source. They have a longer life and are steadier. There are a number of features that one should consider when buying a power drill like – whether you need a straight or hammer drill, what is the size of the chuck, or you need a keyed or keyless chuck.
In order to add professional finishing to woodwork, it is important for woodworkers to own a router. This tool will help you give shape to the edges of any woodwork. There are two types to choose from stationery and plunge base. For beginners, stationery is good enough, while plunge base is more advanced and apt for experienced woodworkers. Make sure the one you choose has electronic variable speed, is 2 HP and is to make bit changes.
Compound Miter Saw
If the projects you take up needs you to carry out some crown molding and similar other projects then owning a compound miter saw definitely makes sense. It can help you to make quick and accurate cuts.
Random Orbital Sander
For professional finishing to woodwork, this device is a must have. It works in circular movements so you need not worry about the direction of grains.
With all these tools in your workshop, you can take up any woodworking project as you like. When choosing the right woodworking power tools, make sure it is a good quality one. Only get those with a reputable brand. A good quality power tool will always make your life easier. Trust me on this! All the best to you and Happy Woodworking!
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