If you’ve developed the itch to work with wood, then you’re going to need some tools.
But what kind of woodworking tools and how many?
The answer to this will depend largely on things such as your budget, your style of woodworking, and the type of wood you’ll be working with.
The style of woodworking that you do can be affected by such things as the space in which you have to work or where you live. For example you may simply not have enough available space to have all the latest or biggest power tools, or you may live in an environment where the noise from power woodworking tools may be prohibited. If this is the case, your style may be one of strictly working with hand woodworking tools.
In the end however, if you’re like most woodworkers, throughout the years you’ll end up with a combination of woodworking tools from the large and powerful to those original hand tools that you grew up on when you started working with wood back in your apartment.
Another influencing factor when it comes to choosing the right woodworking tools for yourself is the style of furniture that you intend on building. One style of furniture will more than likely require few different types of tools over another style. This is why it’s always a good idea to get yourself a good set of plans for the type of project you’re considering.
Today the amount of woodworking tools that you can buy is limited only by your ability to be able to afford to buy them.
But before you run off and bust the bank buying woodworking tools, consider that woodworking isn’t always about having the best tools. There is something to be said for developing your skills, your imagination, and problem solving without always having the best power tool to overcome every issue.
Remember there are just about as many ways to accomplish something in woodworking as there are tools on the market. In fact, most of the time when you think you’re up against a limitation caused by your lack of tools… it’s your imagination and self skills that will come up with a workable solution if you just re-think the situation.
But, when the time comes and you begin thinking seriously about acquiring some additional woodworking tools, don’t be so quick as to rush out and get the latest shiny new object. Take the time to look over some reviews from one of the professional woodworking magazines that are available and see how the various models have been graded out by the people who have actually used the tools.