In the world of woodworking, one size seldom fits all. On the contrary, there are so many different personalities, skillsets, budgets, aspirations, and interests that you could take 1000 random woodworkers from all walks of life, and at the end of the day you would have 1000 completely different projects in 1000 completely different stages of completion. For this reason, it is very difficult for anyone to recommend any particular set of woodworking tools to all craftsmen. However, there are certain "golden rules" to live by that can really help you out. This article addresses them.
First of all, let me start off by asserting that there are , in fact, a small number of hand tools that are pretty universal. These are the woodworking tools that can be found in 99% of the wood shops through the world. These basic tools include:
* Hammers and Mallets
* Wood Glue
* Wood Square
* Measuring Tape
* Wood Pencils
* Sand Paper
There may be a few I'm missing, but these are the big ones. Other than these essentials, the tools you will need depend greatly upon your level of skill, the amount of money you have to invest, and the specific project or projects you happen to be taking on. This leads me to the primary "golden rule" when it comes to finding and acquiring the right tools with which to build up your very own workshop …
Buy Your Woodworking Tools Only As Needed!
With the exception of the tools listed above, there is absolutely no need to stock your shop in advance. In fact, this often leads to clutter, confusion, frustration, and quitting. Do not fall into this trap. Pick a project, get a set of plans that excites you, learn what tools you need for that specific project, and buy ONLY those tools. If your plans are worth their weight, a list of the tools you need will be included in the instructions.
Moving along, what would you guess is the more important consideration when it comes to buying your tools: quantity or quality? For most of us, the answer is obvious, but still worth mentioning. Clearly, the answer is quality. I will take a $ 60 hammer that is guaranteed to last me 20 years over six $ 10 hammers of questionable structural integrity any old day of the week! This is our next "golden rule" to follow …
Do not Be Afraid to Spend A Little More Money On Top Quality Tools!
It is important to take pride in your craft. Get quality education. Use quality wood. Buy quality tools. Spend the money now on stuff that's going to last, so that you will not need to keep re-spending on replacements down the road. This is a trap that many would-be woodcrafters have unfortunately fallen into repeatedly. Please avoid doing so yourself.
Source by Jim Goodman