Don't Buy These Tools // 10 Woodworking Tools I Wish I Didn't Buy

Don't Buy These Tools // 10 Woodworking Tools I Wish I Didn't Buy

Here are my top 10 woodworking tools (power tools, hand tools, and accessories) that I wish I didn’t buy for a variety of reasons. Some of them are because they are truly low-quality versions of a potentially useful tool, and others are just bad overall. As much as I don’t like to admit it, these were all generally a waste of money, which could have been allocated to a lower volume of higher-quality tools.

Take a look at the links below for my videos where I highlight my most USEFUL tools and accessories for the workshop under $10, $25, $50, $100, and $250:
10 Shop Essentials Under $10:
10 Shop Essentials Under $25:
10 Shop Essentials Under $50:
10 Shop Essentials Under $100:
10 Shop Essentials Under $250:

0:00 Introduction
0:47 Crappy rotary tool with crappy accessory kit
3:18 Crappy plastic measuring things
5:00 Strap clamp that’s too strappy
6:10 Frustrating marking gauge
7:13 Not hand-y planes
9:20 Plug-in paint can
10:30 Wobbly-mark
11:55 Screen, buttons, and batteries
13:26 Saw 7: No saw for you!
14:26 Good tool, but not for woodworking
15:29 Conclusion

Please note that this video is not sponsored by any of the brands in the video and all products have been purchased with my own money.

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  1. Thomas Green on July 6, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Generally speaking. I am not impressed with Kreg tools. They are over priced junk. I don’t even like the pocket hole tools frankly I can do a pocket hole by hand faster and just as good so why would I bother with a plastic jig?

  2. YooToob Moderator on July 6, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    One reason for buying crap tools is that you get to make a video like this… Bonus!

  3. KidZeus on July 6, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    VCG Construction saved me a lot from purchasing power tools that were actual JUNK!

  4. AJ Pringle on July 6, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I agree with all except the Krefeld multimark and the jigsaw

  5. Sam Riley on July 6, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    It doesn’t matter how much you pay for a tool. If you don’t know how to use the tool. The tool is useless.

  6. Robert James - Life on July 6, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    If it looks cheap it probably is.

  7. The99thTimelord on July 6, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Good god what a shit list. Some of these are essential. Some of them you just said this is a cheap version of a good tool. Shit list.

  8. Sean Malahy on July 6, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    I use an orbital jigsaw for shaped cuts for things like cat tree platforms, or cutting circular holes for speaker enclosures, and for those types of cuts, a jigsaw works great. If I need to break down lumber, I just use a 6.5" cordless deep-cut circular saw.

  9. balle27 on July 6, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Let me save you 15min of your life..Don’t buy cheap tools, especially from amazon.
    You Welcome.

  10. Darrell Fowler on July 6, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    fixing to say you do not do many jigs or just do not how to use a jig saw. I use a jig saw a lot but do not like the cordless variety most are under powered.

  11. The Home WoodWorker on July 6, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    dude i dont think your qualified to use any of the tools lmao they all work great especially the protractor lmao holy crape and the band clamps lmao how do you not figure out how to use and store it wow!!! never coming back here please learn woodworking a little better before trying to teach others about it and the marking gauge works great if you learn to use it you would ever make it in a real woodwoking or cabinet shop or even helping a trim carpenter and i digress people look else where for info

  12. cole mahaney on July 6, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I use my saber saw a lot

  13. Rommel Brusola on July 6, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    You get what you pay for. Stop buying cheap stuff and expect them built and perform like the expensive one.

  14. ray G on July 6, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I like the jig saw for cutting rounded corners on larger heavier tables and benches where it is no longer ease to move the peace then sand after to the mark with a belt sander.
    other then that I agree with all the rest.

  15. jermaine wilson on July 6, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Sounds like to me the old "saying you get what you paid for, or pay for". If you go cheap then you get cheap. If you don’t need it right now "WAIT and save" until you really see it, want it and say it’s your’s and it will be. And you’ll be amazed how that works. Just try it. BUT patience is the key.

  16. BUSINESS ENGLISH LESSONS (ESL) from EZSteps BECS on July 6, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    My dad always told me "NEVER BUY CHEAP TOOLS"

  17. James T Kirk on July 6, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Okay… jigsaws have plenty of purposes. Also you might not use a rotary tool in woodworking but you must not be handy at all if you say you don’t need one in your home.

  18. Chris Jenkins on July 6, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Sounds like the moral of the story is spend the extra money out of the gate. Buy once, cry once.

  19. Mason Woodshop on July 6, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Quick update on this one – I’ve come around big-time on the jigsaw. With some proper "fine" blades and learning to use it at the higest speed, it’s cutting through plywood and 3/4" hardwood like butter with virtual no tearout. While I’ll still use my router for getting that final curved edge using templates, this tool is great for rough-cutting and for cabinery toe-kicks!

    The other one that I’ve come around a little bit on is the Kreg Multi-Mark – I’m still not thrilled with the little bit of wobble if you’re trying to use it as a square, but as a few commentors have mentioned, the 0 degree slide capability is great for reveals.

  20. Brette G on July 6, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    You talk a load of bollocks great if you get half your tools for plugin the brand for free , hi and by the way I have built House’s from dirt up and not for me for my customers lots of times and have never had a complaint but in the past I could not buy the best, not everyone has bottomless pockets

  21. J Royce on July 6, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    The cheap guy always end up spending the most.

  22. Zane Nail on July 6, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    I think for the most part all of the tools except for the General angle tools are well worth having in the shop.
    Yes a new woodworker may not need some at first but if you have the money why not. I use most of these yools on a regular basis. I may not do projects that require them all the time but I get a lot of weird requests for making different items. That being said I can use that side money from the project to buy the tool and expand my wheelhouse or skip out on learning something new.

    With all that I feel the main point, it has been stated already a few different ways is Don’t buy cheap expecting it to take the place of a quality tool. There are a few exceptions but do your homework first. Impulse will not only waste your money but time and frustration as well.

    Like others have said a Jigsaw in my opinion is a must have. If nothing else just for building jigs which we all use on a daily basis.

    1 last note if you have tools you don’t use try pulling them out and designing a small project just for that tool. We learn from it and you never know it might be youre ticket who knows.

    If not try donating the tools or do a hive away on you channel I’m sure someone can put them to use

    Get out build something and enjoy your passion.

  23. rigamortice on July 6, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    So the answer seems to be, don’t buy from amazon

  24. Mike Hicks on July 6, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Seems like you just made alot of bad decisions

  25. Raymond Williams on July 6, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Jigsaw and rotary tool don’t get used every day, but they are worth having when needed, imo. Both are used more for DIY projects around the house/shop versus fine woodworking though…

  26. Scott Van on July 6, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    Look like you collected a lots of junk tools.


  27. Quinto Creations - Business Account on July 6, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Anybody who calls a jigsaw useless as a woodworking tool is somebody I would never take advice from

  28. Yuriev Olmos on July 6, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    RE: moisture meter,: First Interface is as simple as it gets, you don’t need the manual "all times:", just read it once if at all. And second, you’re not supposed to measure painted or finished wood or drywall, you’re supposed to measure against the raw material, any finish will alter the reading because it encapsulates humidity.

  29. Coye Ford on July 6, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    That kreg tool is actually an awesome tool as long as you actually know how to use it.

  30. Terry Dougherty on July 6, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    Knock offs are just that, cheap is cheap.

  31. Lucas Jandrew on July 6, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve got that same moisture meter and it works fine for getting a relative reading. For woodworking you don’t really need it to be precise to within a percent or two, just to know that you’re in the ballpark to be able to work with it.

    In the video it’s all over the place because you’re probably on the drywall setting. You need to click it over to softwood for that bench. Also not sure why you need the manual to use it – it’s super straightforward. Turn it on, select either hardwood or softwood, and stick it on the material. Won’t give the most accurate reading but enough to tell you when it’s settled enough to start using.

  32. ismael bautista on July 6, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    lesson dont buy cheap tools

  33. Phyoomz on July 6, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I have that exact wen tool and it’s been fine for me. lol
    To each his own, I guess. 😂

  34. Tyler McLeod on July 6, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    If you are having trouble with your piece vibrating too much, I believe that’s what clamps are for. I use mine all the time to make rough cuts and sand down the rest to where I need it. If you are having trouble with tear out use tape to minimize/eliminate the problem like most projects.

  35. John Nichols on July 6, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I bought the strap clamp that has a reel that holds the extra length of strap, and it was awesome for gluing up a picture frame. I specifically got the one with the reel so I wouldn’t have that strappy mess.

  36. OcotilloDavid on July 6, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    How often is a sucker born?

  37. aldeureaux on July 6, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    My life experience has taught me to not take the easy way or the cheap tools, but pay the price and buy quality. In the long run it saves pain and money.

  38. Dawn Elder on July 6, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    My husband bought me a Dremal which I have used for a number of things. Stripping furniture with hard to reach areas. Taking the edge of a tile so I could replace an outlet in the bathroom with one that shuts off when wet. The new one would not fit.
    He also bought the accessory kit to go with it. What I have discovered is that some things I have used so much I have had to replace them several times. Some I have never used at all. But until you own one you have no idea what parts are useful.

  39. John Ward on July 6, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    I’m confused why you would tell other people NOT to buy a tool because YOU don’t use yours.

  40. Delfino Garza on July 6, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I bought that WEN rotary tool…. it literally broke after 5 mins of use. First and last time I buy WEN.

  41. CR Pizarro on July 6, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Lol I have the exact same Wem kit. And hardly ever use it

  42. Dave Lowesky on July 6, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Let me save 15 minutes of everyone’s life who attempts to watch this. This guy bought the cheapest and lowest quality tools and regrets it.
    Don’t make the same mistake as him.

  43. Robert Keenan on July 6, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Disagree with the Kreg Multi-Mark. Glad you came around on it. I use it for window casings and door casing reveals. Perfect every time.

  44. Foxy-CAM TV on July 6, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    That Dremel tool is for metal work…People who make swords use this machine all the time.

  45. Ryan Simpson on July 6, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Your wrong on the Kreg multi mark. It is an excellent companion for the woodworker. Great video though and I just subscribed to your channel

  46. Joel Mahill on July 6, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    No, you just bought a low quality hand saw. Western saws produced Jacobean furniture and other styles of some of themost beautiful wood furniture in history. I’m so sick of this fetish with Japanese saws.

  47. Alonzo Luna on July 6, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    The theme here seems to be "cheap tools" and I agree…I tried getting by when I first started with some of the cheap tools, thinking, maybe I won’t be any good at this or enjoy it like I thought I would and the investment would be minimal…only to have to buy the better version of those cheap tools all over again…now, I look for quality vs price…turns out much better and so does your work.

  48. Good Effort on July 6, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    "what’s wrong with those planes they look normal" *sees the logo on the front* "oh, I see"

  49. Deterrent Dubz on July 6, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    How can you tell people not to get a jigsaw?
    Brilliant and really useful tool. Definitely buy one and don’t be cheap when you do!

  50. James Kirk on July 6, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    No offense, but the tools you were condemning were being used improperly, the others werent the right tool for the job.