Woodworking Tools, what are they?
This is a list of all the essential woodworking tools that can help you fine-tune your woodcraft. Get the power in your hands to accomplish your projects faster and easier.
A tool can be used for measuring, cutting or brushing. Ideally, you should have several different styles, especially if you’re thinking of making all the furniture in your home by hand. Read on to find out what the best woodworking tools are!
Measuring and Drawing Woodworking Tools
Are you going to cut the wood by eye? Of course not, before you start working with the wood you have to measure and mark the line that is going to follow. And for that, you need the following tools:
The tool is so commonly known as meter, and which is used by both carpenters and other professionals to make distance measurements. There are both manual and digital tape meters with a laser pointer.
Wouldn’t a tape measure alone suffice? Not if you have to make cuts and strokes in different degrees. Especially if you’re going to work with aluminum and metal. Thanks to the squeegee, you could draw angles from 45 to 90 degrees.
No, you’re not gonna be able to draw a line with any kind of pencil. When drawing a line on the wood, you need a carpenter’s pencil, which can be used both for a line and to leave a mark as a reference.
Chalk line or Chalk box, They are used to layout straight lines between two points. As the string spreads along with the wood, the string is tightened, and when released, it marks the surface with a straight line of chalk.
You may need to mark a specific point to make the cut in that area, and for that you could use a carpenter’s Scratch Awl, making a hole in the area you’re going to cut.
Woodworking cutting tools
You already have all the measuring tools, now the ones that are cutting are touching. And which are the best when it comes to cutting wood?
The cutting tool most used by carpenters, having universal saws, Japanese saws or hand backsaws. Depending on the type of work, you may be more interested in one type or another.
A tool generally used by professionals, but today you can get some very cheap in stores. It is used to make cuts with a certain angle.
A rather heavy tool, consisting of a work table in which the wood is colored and the guides that allow cuts to be made at a certain angle. Thanks to the laser pointer, it is easy to make a precise cut.
A classic cutter is a tool that should always be in the workshop of every good carpenter, used to cut softwoods that have little thickness.
A very powerful tool for cutting thick woods as well as some metal parts. This tool has an electric motor that turns the circular saw at high speed. However, you have to have several saw blades, because each one is suitable for one type of wood.
You’ve already cut the wood, and it looks like the pieces are ready to be assembled. But you haven’t finished yet. You have to give it a little “review” with what is known as finishing tools.
There may always be some residual sawdust in the wood when making a cut, for which we recommend the use of rasps to remove it.
Chips, small pieces, rough surfaces… do you want to prevent all this from remaining in your woodwork? The sandpaper can help you to eliminate the remains on the surface and to leave the faces of this one very smooth.
Hand Wood File
It has more or less the same function as sandpaper, used to remove the impurities that remain on the surface, but being somewhat more powerful. However, you must be careful when using it or you could load the piece.
Woodworking brushing tools
After the finishing process, we move on to the brushing process, for which we use brushing tools, such as:
This tool is used to match and lower the surface of the wood, although it is also widely used to make some rectifications of straps.
Woodworking Tools Clamping tools
Having sanded and finished all the pieces, the time has come to join them into one, but for that, you will also need some tools, such as:
A clamping tool used to fix and hold a workpiece, preventing it from slipping.
What could be better to join two pieces of wood than using the adhesive? Also known as carpenter’s glue.
When joining metal parts where a lot of pressure is needed, the best joining tool is nails, a small piece of metal with great strength, despite its small size.
Other Carpentry Tools
Aside from all of the above, there are other carpentry tools that are always recommended:
Used for any type of carpentry work, such as inserting nails or joining two pieces of wood with a small plastic whistle. Remember that there are iron hammers and rubber hammers.
Although its function is the same as that of a hammer, a nailer is more efficient and has greater speed of execution. More expensive, of course. But the investment is worth it.
One of those tools that everybody has at home, a tool used to drill wood and any other type of material. In the shops, you will find battery drills and corded drills. It is also recommended that you buy several drill bits, depending on the type of job you have to make.
A tool used to screw and unscrew a screw. It can be used both for carpentry work and for the day-to-day maintenance of your home. It is recommended to have different sizes.
Carpentry Tools Maintenance
Do you think these tools don’t need care? Of course, they do! If you want them to be efficient and always in top condition, you’re going to have to worry a little about them.
For example, tools such as miter saws require you to get rid of the sawdust and change the saw from time to time, or tools such as the saw you have to have them in a space without humidity, so they don’t exist. On the other hand, measurement tools must be clean and stored in safe places, so that they do not fall out of balance.
Apart from that, we would also recommend you to have the tools well organized. Some of them can be hung on the walls on rubber blackboards, the most dangerous ones stored in a toolbox so that your children don’t touch them.