essential power tools for woodworking.

essential power tools for woodworking

There are lots of power tools out there for specific woodworkers. But there are also lots of power tools that are commonly used by almost every woodworker/carpenter. They can make your life so much easier and make woodworking more enjoyable.

That is why today we are going to provide you with essential power tools for woodworking that everyone needs.

Without further ado let’s jump straight into the guide.

Circular saw:

essential power tools for woodworking

A lot of people assume that circular saw is more of a carpentry working tool, not woodworking. While the majority would disagree. If you work with wood and you cut them quite often to have them in the shape that you want, trust me you need one of them in your garage right now.

When you use it with a clamp-on straight-edge the circular saw can be just as accurate as a table saw. It can handle quite a few of the same tasks without any pressure.

Including plywood and cutting sheets. If you are working on a budget a circular saw should be your priority.

Power drill:

Power Drill

A versatile tool that can be used on almost all hardware-related jobs. It can dig holes in the wall, in wood, in plywood, etc you name it.

While you guys might have expected a cordless drill but we are trying to keep it in a budget. But of course, if you find a good cordless power drill for a good price, by all means, go for it.

But keep in mind we are working with wood here so you might want to go for a more powerful drill. Even if it has a cord. It’s a sacrifice worth making.

Also, you have to keep in mind what size chuck you want and you want a keyed or keyless chuck. A straight drill or a hammer drill.



With the help of a jigsaw, you can cut curved and circular patterns in wood. While with bend saw you can cut more accurate and cut thicker stocks, the jigsaw can be perfect for a beginner. For comfort, you should choose a versatile, corded, orbital-action, that feels great in your hand and has an easy blade changing system.

Random orbit sander:

Random orbit sander

Palm sanders are less expensive and use plain sandpaper. The random orbit sander uses hook-and-loop fastened sanding disk. The random orbit ensures no pattern left on the stock.

You can be certain that your local woodworking supplier has sanding disks already ready for you. Different grits that fit the model you choose. The key to proper grinding is to use progressively finer grits.

Table saw:

Table saw

Once you have all 4 handheld power tools you need to see the bigger picture. That’s where the table saw comes in. In case you didn’t know the table saw is considered the heart of a woodworking shop. You can already guess just how important it is. The sheer ability of it to cut a large number of sheets and thick wood stock makes it so good and worthy purchase. Buy the best available table saw your budget allows.

Compound miter saw:

Compound miter saw

After you purchased your first major item the 2nd major item should be a compound miter saw. They are not as expensive as the table saw. They are invaluable when it comes to cut corners and angles.

A compound saw allows you to angle the motorhead in two directions. So, you can cut in straight angles as well as beveled miters.


The last tool we recommend is the router. No not the one that gives you WI-FI. Routers are used for cutting decorative shapes on the stock. They are excellent at cutting rabbets and dados.

Today many available routers allow two different kinds of bases. A stationary base and a plunge router base. But most beginners find the quite stationary base more useful.

We showed you seven essential power tools for woodworking. We know you might not be able to afford them all at the same time. That’s why you should start with the smaller ones and build up to the major purchases. If you are interested to know more woodworking tools and information, you may visit iwoodcutters .

This guide was supposed to help you get a better understanding of which power tools are better for beginner woodworkers.