Furniture making and general woodworkers shops are not complete without woodworking power tools. While not everyone can afford the very best tools available, it’s a little easier to purchase some of the better quality tools when you buy them one at a time. There are some few woodworking tools that all woodworkers should have on hand from the start, and most are relatively inexpensive. Then as your knowledge and skills increase, you can increase the number of woodworking power tools that you have.
One of the most versatile yet basic power tool is the circular saw. For an experienced woodworker, it can become a suitable substitute for several other tools. It does take a bit of practice to become efficient with a circular saw, but once you have the hang of it, you’ll quickly realize its worth. This is one of the first woodworking power tools that you should add to your shop.
Another very important power tool for furniture making is the Jigsaw. A jigsaw allows the user to cut curved and circular patterns in stock. Sure, a band saw will likely be more accurate and can cut thicker stock, but for the beginner, the jigsaw (sometimes also referred to as a Sabre Saw) can be perfectly effective. For versatility, choose an orbital-action, corded jigsaw that feels good in your hand and has an easy blade changing system.
Every beginner the woodworking industry should buy is a random orbital sander. While palm sanders are less expensive and can use plain sandpaper (cut into one-fourth sections), the random orbital version uses hook-and-loop fastened sanding disks, and doesn’t sand in patterns, using instead a random sanding motion. This will motion will serve to reduce the chance that any sanding marks may appear on the stock due to the sanding. Of course, be certain that your local woodworking supplier has sanding disks readily available in a number of grits to fit the model that you choose, as the key to proper sanding is to use progressively finer grits as you sand to reduce or remove any marks that are left behind from the previous sanding.
The last tool I recommend for every beginning woodworker is a quality router. While many routers available today offer two different bases (a stationary base and a plunge routerbase), for most beginners, a quality stationary base model will take care of quite a number of tasks, and can also be mounted in a router table should you choose to invest in (or even build one) one down the line. Choose a router model that is at least 2-HP and has electronic variable speed controls (as larger cutting bits should use slower speeds), a soft start mechanism and is easy to make bit changes (preferably with the ability to use both 1/2-inch and 1/4-inch shank router bits).
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