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9 Essential power tools to start woodworking successfully

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Nothing is as difficult as finding out which are the essential power tools you need to buy when you start woodworking.

When you go to the nearest hardware store you will walk through endless racks full of all different types and brands with power tools.

After a while you will start to ask yourself, 
What power tools do I need to start woodworking?
What power tool should I buy first?
What is the most useful power tool?

To give you an answer to your questions and to inspire you, in this blog I will share my own experiences. I will show you how I build my own workshop and how I can do all my projects with just these 9 power tools.

This blog will save you a lot of time looking for the right answers to your questions, but more importantly, you will save a lot of money by buying the right power tools.

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I am not going to discuss any hand tools, you can see that in another blog on my website: My top 10 recommended basic woodworking hand tools

In this blog, I only want to talk about the basic power tools.

Based on my projects from the past year, which you can follow on my YouTube channel, I have listed up my most used power tools.

Let’s go to my workshop and I’ll show you my 9 recommend basic woodworking power tools!

Table saw​

I consider my table saw to be the basic power tool in my workshop for all my woodworking projects, whether it be sawing sheets or making grooves.

It is versatile, powerful, and fast. Sawing wood with the table saw is easy and efficient, especially when you have to cut the same sizes repeatedly.

Since this power tool is used for any project, it is placed central in my workshop.

Look for a slightly advanced model with a cast iron table. A good machine to start with costs between $ 500 and $ 1000.

Check out these videos I made about my makita Table saw:
Unboxing Makita MLT100 Table saw
Makita MLT100 review + bonus how to make an easy mobile station

Experimental adjustable miter sled _ Any angle _ Perfect miter cuts _ FREE PLANS

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By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Cordless drill​

Cordless drills are available in different power, dimensions, and speed.

I put the cordless drill on the list because it is one of the most used and versatile tools in my workshop. You can drill holes with it, but you can also turn screws and bolts.

The cordless drill can be divided into two main types. One is a hammer drill and the other is a brushless drill. A hammer drill is characterized by a rotating and beating movement. This type of drill is ideal for situations where you have to drill into masonry or bricks.

The brushless drill works well when you need to drill or screw into drywall, wood, or other soft materials, so it’s more suitable for woodworking.

Experimental adjustable miter sled _ Any angle _ Perfect miter cuts _ FREE PLANS

The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Tip:

Need inspiration to know what drill bits to buy for your woodworking workshop? 
Check out my blog – 7 Essential types of drill bits for woodworking – and save on your budget by buying only the drill bits you really need.

Random orbital sander​

The advantage of an random orbital sander is that you own a sander that does not cause a pattern on the surface of whatever you sand. 

This means you don’t have to worry about the grain direction. 

Compared to a traditional orbital sander with the same sandpaper, the random orbital sander will remove more than the orbital sander. Instead of a single axis to turn on, the shank of the device rotates and moves to provide a unique scratch pattern.

If you want to know which sandpaper to use for your project, be sure to check out my blog “The perfect sandpaper grit guide“. There is a handy free downloadable guide available

A clear sandpaper grit chart & guide

The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Circular saw​

There are corded circular saws and cordless. If you choose a corded circular saw, you can choose between a traditional or a heavy-duty model.

As a DIY-er, you have enough power on a traditional saw and it is easy to handle.

My circular saw is usually used for sawing large sheets of plywood that are difficult to saw with the table saw.

By making a track saw guide I was able to use my circular saw as a track saw. Check out how to make that guide in my blog, Easy DIY circular saw track saw guide. There are free plans available.

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The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Router​

A wood router is a handy power tool with which you can mill pieces from wood. Routing involves drilling into a piece of wood and making long straight or curved cuts from the starting position.

With a router bit of 45 degrees, I use this router the most. With this, I update the sharp edge of my workpieces in a fast and clean way.

The router is highly recommended to have in the workshop.

Table saw miter jig for the crosscut sled _ FREE PLANS

The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

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Miter saw​

A table saw can do almost anything a miter saw can, but the miter saw is capable of doing those things faster.

With the miter saw you can make much more oblique cuts.

If you want to cut longer boards, the miter saw will also do better than the table saw. After purchasing a table saw it is a good idea to go for a miter saw. 

These two machines can be perfectly combined, making every type of cut possible in your workshop.

How to make a Makita table saw fence upgrade for better results

The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Nail gun​

This is without a doubt the best power tool I have ever bought.

The small nails are super handy to quickly connect two parts together.

I use the nailgun most when gluing wood. To prevent the parts from sliding due to the glue, I quickly attach them together with a brad nail.

I can highly recommend the purchase of a nail gun.

Check out the review video I made on my Makita nailgun

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The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Jigsaw​

A Jigsaw uses a reciprocating blade that moves up and down. 

The small saw blade makes it possible to cut round shapes or curves.
The speed can be adjusted according to the needs of the user and the type of material to be cut.

The jigsaw is used to cut metal, wood, plastic, and other materials.

I have a more in-depth article about jigsaw blades. Don’t miss it, and always have the best jigsaw blade for the project you are working on.

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The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Drill press​

Last but certainly not least is the drill press.

If you want to drill perfectly perpendicular holes, this power tool is indispensable in the workshop.

Drill presses have a variable speed control that is constant. That is difficult to do with a portable drill.

A huge advantage of the drill press is that in my workshop I also use it as a drum sander to sand wood in addition to drilling holes (check out the video how I made mu drum sander here). 

This makes the drill press a versatile power tool.

Genius router jig _ Discover new possibilities _ FREE PLANS

The best power tools selected for you!

By clicking on the photos you can compare them with each other and find the power tool that best suits your needs.

Conclusion​

This was my top 9 recommended basic woodworking power tools that I use in my workshop. 

With this list of power tools, I am able to handle practically any project.

Recently, a thicknesser was purchased so that the possibilities were now even greater. Be sure to check out the review blog I wrote about this machine.

I am also looking forward to supplementing this list in the near future with a band saw, a power tool that I could use for the finer work.

You can adjust this list to the power tools you need for your projects. You can use this blog as a basis and edit it until you have the perfect list of power tools for your workshop.


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