DIY Woodworking – Basic Tools

Have the new crop of DIY shows got you itching to try out some DIY woodworking tasks? Saturday mornings have actually gotten pretty interesting for the present and would be DIY’ers among us. We utilized to have a small handful of \”how-to programs\” on public tv, but cable television and satellite have spawned a renaissance of self-reliance when it comes to home repair work and home improvements.

For people with previous woodworking experience, some of these programs seem quite simple. I think that can be a bit deceptive sometimes, particularly if you are new to the power tool world. You’ll discover that nary a nail or a screw is ever driven by hand. So, what are the essentials when it comes to beginning on DIY house enhancement?

You actually don’t require all the power tools they utilize on TELEVISION. Now, I’m not going to deny that they are nice, or that I do not have a lot myself. But I built up my steady gradually. You can begin with a hammer and a screwdriver.

You do require tools to make your work accurate and strong:



A number of 25′ measuring tape (they are quickly lost.).

An easy-to-read 6\” steel rule for fine measurements.

For huge jobs you’ll need a level and a plumb bob. Try to get an 18\” or 24\” level; it’ll be more precise over longer distances. A torpedo level is great in tight spots.

A speed square is excellent for marking straight and angled cuts. A tri-square doubles as a tool for marking right and 45 angles, and also as a ruler.

A miter saw. Yes, you can make straight cuts with a handsaw or a circular saw but it is much more difficult to be accurate. A miter saw can cut up to 12\” at 90 in addition to cutting any angle in between.

Excellent wood glue! Skip the Gorilla Glue – it’s expensive, hard to shop, and is more than you require for most jobs. I utilize Titebond I or II. Strong stuff, easy to utilize and clean up; stores quickly too.

To complete your starter set, add in pliers, a couple of chisels (3\/4\” & 1\”), pencils and a pencil sharpener.

SHATTERPROOF GLASS! Secure your eyes. You can’t cut a straight line if you can’t see a straight line. Required I say more?

I talk more about getting started and selecting your lumber in my follow-up post: DIY Woodwork – Selecting Lumber. Remember: when you are out looking for tools, purchase the best you can manage. The best tools aren’t always the most expensive however inexpensive tools are pricey since they will jeopardize your project, break and have to be changed. The savings remain in your labor, not in your tools.