Start Woodworking Quickly With This Basic Toolbox

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Start Woodworking Quickly With This Basic Toolbox

If you’ve found this article then you’re probably already interested in woodworking.

Which also means you probably already know that you can’t exactly just start woodworking  you need to do some planning and preparation first.

There’s two main things you need to get started: a space to work, and a selection of tools. A space to work is for you to figure out: we have an article to help with that though.

Choosing tools to get started is another matter.

There’s loads of different options, lots of research to do, and it’s generally just a pain in the rear.

That’s where this article comes in. We’ve done all the research, we’ve compared all the options, and we’ve come to conclusions – all so that you don’t have to.

Following is a list of what tools you’ll need, specific suggestions for each tool, and where you can get your hands on them. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, let’s get to it!

Start Your Woodworking Toolbox

Here’s a list of the tools we suggest you get before starting. It’s pretty reasonable, a good mix of hand tools and power tools. It’s a good starting point to get you up and running, perfect for working on your first woodworking projects.

You’ll see a lot of these suggestions are really simple (hammers and levels for example), you might even have some laying around your home already.

  • A woodworking bench (not technically a tool, I know)
  • Hammers
  • Chisels
  • Clamps
  • Levels
  • Hand saw
  • Woodworking planes
  • Cordless drill
  • Circular saw

Not so intimidating, right? Most of this stuff isn’t overly expensive – the circular saw is probably the mac daddy of the bunch, but even that is pretty basic in the grand scheme of things.

Without further ado, I give you the Woodwork Boss beginner toolbox.

The Woodwork Boss Beginner Toolbox

The format of this article from here on out is really simple: There’s a clear headline for each tool, and then a little box with the specific brand and model we suggest for you.

There’ll be a little description of each suggestion – but mostly the purpose of this article is so that you don’t have to read about these tools. Simply rest assured that we’ve done thorough research, and these tools are all excellent choices to get you started.

If you do want to learn more about any tool though, we’ll also include a link to our in-depth buying guides for each tool too.

A Woodworking Bench

Grizzly H7724 Birch Workbench with Drawers, 60-Inch

Grizzly H7724 birch workbench is the perfect fit for any beginner woodworker. The 6 drawers provide plenty of storage so you won’t need to spend extra for storage cabinets.Moreover, the construction of the bench is sturdy and crafted from birch which will mean the bench is long-lasting reliable partner for your woodworking venture!

Also, take a look at our in-depth woodworking bench buying guide.


ESTWING Hammer - 16 oz Straight Rip Claw with Smooth Face & Shock Reduction Grip - E3-16S

Estwing E3-16S Straight Claw Hammer is the best nailing tool you could find for the money. Shock reduction grip, polished steel and 1-piece forged head and handle make it not only durable but reliable whenever you need to drive nails.

Check out our carpentry hammer buying guide to learn more about hammers and mallets.


Kirschen 1101000 6-Piece Chisel Set in Wood Box

This Two Cherries 6-piece chisel set is not only handy and have sturdy long-lasting blades – the chisels come in a beautiful wooden box that allow you to keep your chisels safely while you are not using them.

Read more about chisels from our in-depth woodworking chisels buying guide.


Grizzly G8066 12-Inch Hand Screw

Grizzly hand screw clamps are a great addition to any woodworking shop. These clamps serve well to hold small parts when drilling and routing, thus keeping the woodworker’s hands safe and they can be adjusted to an infinite number of angles.

Learn about woodworking clamps from our woodworking clamps buying guide.


CHECKPOINT 0300PL Pro Mag Precision Torpedo Level, Platinum

The Checkpoint Pro Mag torpedo level is 8 ½ inches long which makes it a great choice for quick measurements and easy carrying in one’s pocket. It’s light weight aluminum construction will last for years and it has Rare Earth magnets in one side so that it can adhere to metallic objects.

Also, take a look at our in-depth wood level buying guide.

Hand Saws

BAHCO 2700-24-XT7-HP 24 Inch Ergo Superior Handsaw with XT Toothing

BAHCO 2700-24-XT7-HP 24 Inch Ergo Superior Handsaw is a great choice for any woodworker. The polymer handle and quality blade should provide for a lifetime of woodworking, hence it is a great deal for any budget.

Don’t forget to check out our insightful woodworking hand saw buying guide.

Woodworking Planes

STANLEY Hand Planer, No.4, Smoothing (12-136)

The Stanley 12-136 No. 4 Smoothing Bench Plane is a tool that will last you a lifetime. Cherry wood handles, high grade blade and machined base make it sturdy and reliable. This is the go-to piece if you are looking for a long-term tool!

Take a look at our full woodworking planes buying guide.

Cordless Drills

DEWALT DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit

DeWalt DC970K-2 18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit is for those who value quality. DeWalt is known for their quality tools and besides that, DeWalt is a bulletproof choice as the tools last a lifetime. The price is within reach of most woodworkers and will serve as a strong ally in one’s woodworking adventures.

Check out our in-depth cordless drill buying guide as well.

Circular Saws

DEWALT 20V MAX* 6-1/2-Inch Circular Saw Kit, 5.0-Ah (DCS391P1)

The DEWALT DCS391P1 20V MAX Lithium Ion Circular Saw Kit provides for cordless use and includes a sturdy plastic carry case. Dewalt products are durable and will go strong for tens of years to come!

It’s also important that you know how to use a circular saw if you’re not familiar with this tool.

You might also want to see our Rotorazer review. This is a mini circular saw – much less powerful that full size versions, but it certainly has it’s uses too.