If you're a beginner starting out, you'll want to know how to get the most out of your budget. So to avoid buying any unnecessary and expensive machinery that will gather dust in your workshop, Woodshop Direct have put together a list of our favourite tools that will get the job done without breaking the bank.
It's no surprise, but at the top of every woodworkers list should be a high quality power drill. When it comes to buying a heavy duty drill, you may be tempted by the lightweight freedom and convenience of the cordless variety, but what they make up for in ease of use they lack in power and durability. Purchasing a straightforward corded drill will provide you with constant, consistent power without having to worry about recharging batteries half way through a project and will ultimately make quick, reliable work of any timber material you're currently working on.
Another handheld power tool that should feature in any workshop repertoire. The circular saw is an incredibly versatile and cost-effective alternative to the more expensive table mounted saws. Although it may appear that you are losing out on accuracy, when using a guide clamp or rail with your circular saw it is possible to cut in lines as straight as if you were using a table variety. If you're looking to get started on your woodshop projects, without having to shell out a huge amount of money, a circular saw is your best bet for fast and accurate results on many different types of wood.
Random Orbit Sanders
Probably the most popular woodworking sander, orbital sanders provide a brilliantly consistent finish to all your wood surfaces. Many DIY-ers or those starting out with woodshop projects for the first time may be tempted by palm sanders, which are cost-effective but ultimately limited, leaving behind uneven swirling patterns. Random orbitals work by creating a motion that mimics more of a manual sanding action, reducing scuffs, marks and imperfects from occurring on the wood. When working with your sander you should use a rougher grit to start off with and then use a progressively smoother paper for the best effect.
Your go-to power tool for cutting shapes and patterns, the jigsaw is ideal for woodwork that requires detail, such as bevel cuts and more complex woodworking joints. A great tool for novice woodworkers looking for a tool that can be adapted to a range of different projects, choose a saw with orbital-action - the blade moves in a circular motion, cutting softer woods faster and more effectively. Again, choosing a corded jigsaw will provide a more reliable and powerful sawing action.
If you're a beginner looking for a more substantial addition to your tool inventory, a high quality router table will deal with most of your everyday tasks. Not only will a router make your woodworking space look like a professional workshop, but you can create countless edges and complex shapes with the router bits on offer. If you're a beginner shopping around, look for a stationery base and consider a router motor that is 2 horsepower or more to really cut through thicker stock and also look for a model that includes variable speed controls.