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A Guide To Woodworking Power Tools And Their Accessories For Beginners

With a variety of tools, a skilled woodworker can easily identify and choose the right tools to use for a particular project. This way, they can produce some very amazing wooden crafts.

And a beginner?

For a beginner, the situation is a rather different case or should I say tricky. But why so? The market provides very many possibilities regarding woodworking tools which tend to be very confusing for beginners.

Power tools are very significant in any woodworking venture and so are their accessories. Having the right tool and with the right accessories will allow you to complete your woodworking projects more efficiently. Woodworking Accessories, in particular, will help to create a more structured workflow that can help enhance the quality of your work regardless of whether you are a pro or an amateur.

Here are some tools and accessories that you might need as you seek to enhance your woodworking skills from a novice to an expert.

Power Tools

1. Table Saw and Table Saw Blade

Regarding power tools, a table saw is one tool that is of great essence in any woodworking shop. It is one of the tools which draw the line between fine woodworking and basic woodworking. Nevertheless, one needs to be careful when buying a table saw.

You need a bit of knowledge on the subject of these saws before you invest in one. This way, you can be sure to find a tool that provides not only excellent quality and performance abilities but also one that can help you climb the ladder from a beginner to a skilled woodworker.

When buying a table saw, the blade is one thing that must be taken into account. It plays a pivotal role in ensuring that your projects come out as desired. Therefore, ensure that the table saw blade you choose for replacement or buying together with the saw is of good quality, can retain an edge and is efficient.

2. Wood Router, Table, and bits

Most people tend to confuse a router and a drill. Well, these two have some related features but are very different power tools. A wood router allows you to shape, inlay and profile wood and if you know how to handle a router machine, it can help you create some exquisite wooden designs.

A wood router if chosen carefully can be used for a long time before replacing it. All you have to do is to look for a machine made with good quality materials, excellent motor power and one that fits your budget. You also need to ensure that the bits your router has are efficient and can get the job done. Otherwise get replacement router bits in a variety of types, shapes, and sizes.

If you are serious about woodworking, then you will also have to get a router table. Not only will it better your skills but it will also aid in creating intricate shapes and precise edges. Skilled woodworkers can easily customize their tables, but for a beginner, this might be a challenge. Don’t worry though as there are very many router tables in the market for beginners and that at very competitive prices.

3. Pocket Hole Jig

A Pocket Hole Jig is a tool that is quite versatile and very easy to use too. This is a tool that will allow you to easily drill screw holes and drill  screws into wooden pieces. This jig is a great product that will enable you to do various types of projects while still being able to what is needed.

The Pocket Hole Jig is made exclusively to make your woodworking life easier. You will need one of these tools on every furniture making project because not only will they make your life easier but will also allow you to create furniture pieces with more precision and accuracy.

Unlike glue that comes off after some time, a Pocket Hole Jig provides a permanent solution to holding wooden pieces together. All you need to do is to cut your wood pieces in the correct size and then put the pieces in the jig fit, and the bits will drill their way into the pieces creating perfect holes for screwing. Once you are done, you can then screw the wooden pieces together without adding any glue. The joint that you get from using a Pocket Hole Jig is much stronger than when glueis used.

4. Dovetail Jig

Does your woodworking ventures entail creating dovetail joints? If you answer yes to this question, then you will need to add a Dovetail Jig to your workshop.

This machine like the Pocket Hole Jig will help to ease your woodworking projects. With this, you can easily create perfect dovetail joints for drawers and other artistry works that require this joint. Initially, woodworkers used to hand cut dovetail joints, well, some still do to date, but the accuracy and precision in hand cut joints cannot be matched to those cut using a jig. Moreover, joints cut using a jig provide a more aesthetic appeal and value than the hand cut ones.

There are many Dovetail Jigs in the market. If you are an online shopper, searching the term Dovetail Jig will provide you with a host of products with varying prices, brands, quality, and sizes. You just need to know what is right for you and go for it. Remember that being a beginner, you need a jig that is simple to use. If you are not sure if you can manage the jig the first time, look for YouTube videos on how to set up and use a Dovetail Jig and watch to learn.

5. Benchtop Jointer

You need a Benchtop Jointer if you are doing fine woodworking. This jointer will help you flatten wooden surfaces as well as straighten distorted or bent pieces of wood and its edges.

So what is a Benchtop Jointer? It is a powerful, portable benchtop machine with a set of blades attached to a cutting head which rotates at a very high speed when in operation. The blades in this jointer sit between an adjustable infeed and outfeed table that are positioned against a guide fence.

To use it, you place a board on the feed table against the fence the same way that you do on a table saw, and push the wooden material across the top of the rotating blades. By doing this, you accurately flatten and square edges of wood pieces.

You should know that wood flattening is mandatory in fine woodworking because some lumber will come cupped, bowed, rough sawn and many other conditions that are not favorable in woodworking. But with a jointer, you get flat, square edges from stock which you can then join (wood) together to make your preferred furniture pieces like table tops, etc.

6. Thickness Planner

Woodworking projects require some essential tools to turn out successful. One of the tools you need in woodwork craft is a thickness planer, to help you get the desired thickness and smoothness out of lumber.

A thickness planer is similar to a Benchtop Jointer in that it also has a rotating cutter head comprised of blades. It has a feed table, but unlike on a jointer where you adjust the feed table, the blades are what are adjusted. A planner has power driven rollers that grab the board and pull it through the cutting area as the blades rotate and shave off a fine layer of the wood.

Primarily, this tool is used to adjust the thickness of boards. You can make several different boards to match the samethickness. Due to the cutting, drying process, etc. dimensional wood and rough sawn lumber are only approximate in size. Approximately is the key word here, all boards are not the samethickness, and hence the thickness planer is meant to fix such situations.

7. Miter saw and dado blade

Saw blades play a critical role in ensuring that you get the very best regarding accurate and precision from your saw. There are very many types of saw blades, but you must note that most of these blades are specialized for making precise cuts and cuts sizes.

In this regard, a Miter saw blade is a blade specially designed to be used on a miter saw. Therefore, if you have a miter saw, having a replacement blade is of the essence in case your existing blade fails you. On the other hand, there is the dado blade which is not designed for any saw. A dado blade is used to make various types of cuts, grooves, and joints in wood and they are the most versatile type of blade in the woodworking industry.

Therefore, if you own a table saw, radial arm saw, etc. consider getting a dado blade to help you make good quality dado cuts, tendons, grooves, rabbits and finger cuts.


Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this article and found it useful to you.

As a beginner, I can only advise that you start out with a small collection of essential tools and build the collection over time. Remember that only focus will help you develop your skills as a woodworker. Moreover, as you gain experience, you will have a better idea of what type of tools you need and what to look for when buying them. You will also find out which type of projects you most enjoy doing, and what tools are necessary to complete them.

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