Must-have woodworking tools for beginners. 2021 #shorts

Must-have woodworking tools for beginners. 2021 #shorts

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This video is for complete beginners, interested in setting up a modern, power-tool based woodshop.

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There are a lot of projects you can make with just a miter saw, using off the rack lumber.

A circular saw is most handy for breaking down big sheets of plywood into more manageable pieces.

A table saw is the most important tool in any workshop. It can make almost any type of cut you need.

What the tablesaw can’t do is cut curves. For that, you’ll need a jigsaw.

Get a drill for drilling holes and an impact driver for driving screws. These are often sold together. Get both.

You’re going to spend a lot of time smoothing out your projects. I recommend a random orbit sander to make sanding an easy and (relatively) quick process.

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  1. Glauber Ferreira on November 14, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Melhor canal de marcenaria

  2. woro on November 14, 2023 at 10:19 pm

    Is there a reason I should use an impact driver for screws instead of just using a standard drill for both holes and screws? Genuine question.

  3. GRAND LEGACY WOODWORKING on November 14, 2023 at 10:21 pm


  4. TY279545 on November 14, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    Ahh wood working. 10% cutting 90% sanding.

  5. Chris Griffith on November 14, 2023 at 10:25 pm

    You yourself have made circles on the table saw…

  6. Gene Nordgren on November 14, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    I am a hobbyist woodworker looking to pick up a cordless driver and a impact driver. I’m not necessarily looking for the best since I’m not a professional but I want tools that will have plenty of power when I need it, the batteries are going to last so I’m not constantly running out of charge, and tools that will will last and be dependable. I don’t want to buy cheap tools but don’t need the best. Can you recommend which tools to buy, brand and type of battery? Thanks.

  7. Jim Zivny on November 14, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Good advice for beginner diy’ers

  8. JayNizzle on November 14, 2023 at 10:30 pm

    Is this why 2×4 have a round edge?

  9. David Merrill on November 14, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    I love that these videos are so straight forward and don’t start with 3 minutes of, "it was a warm, breezy day in ancient greece….."

  10. truckjumperdude on November 14, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    I like how I’m at a higher level than a beginner, and I only have the miter saw, jigsaw, and hand drill.

  11. Kris G on November 14, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Steve, I’m a beginner and have been looking at your shows with a lot of interest. Since i have worked with 3D software before, in contrast with the woodworking, i was wondering what software you use to make your plans and if you have tips for beginners. For example, if you draw a cabinet and you draw the doors, how much space do you need to leave between two doors or between door and frame to make sure they actually open, etc.

    Maybe this can give you an idea for a new series? I totally agree that planning before cutting saves you a lot of work and money, but you need to know how to plan or it will cost you anyway 🙂

    Thank you for the series

  12. Wise Beast on November 14, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    I get a 404 when I try to download the free guide

  13. BarrToad on November 14, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    13 years!!!

  14. Michael on November 14, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Steve ,so you have a private hair stylist now?

  15. Cari Day on November 14, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    Would love your opinion on the "Intermediate" set of tools – Router? Drill Press? Jointer? Planer? Drum Sander? Band Saw?

    What order to purchase, since these are higher ticket items..?

  16. Daniel Vella on November 14, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Been watching a while and been woodworking for a decade. Agree with all this but would add a speed square, and would add a nod to harbor freight tools—cheapest way to get started. Good job Steve
    -mere mortal

  17. Bender_008 on November 14, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    I only use my table saw for dadoes, it’s second hand and the fence will not sit square. So you really don’t even need that! A circular saw can cut everything a table saw can!

  18. blaugrana 1899 on November 14, 2023 at 10:44 pm

    Guys if there is one tool that isn’t on the list that I would recommend, its the router.

  19. fbsb on November 14, 2023 at 10:45 pm

    Is there any particular power tools or machines that you don’t recommend getting in the Ryobi brand?

  20. John Zavala on November 14, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    I have the same Cat People poster! Natasha Kinski! One of the most beautiful people out there 😍💕
    I’m sorry, what were you talking about? I’ll have to rewatch. 😂

  21. Bernard Legacy on November 14, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Steve maybe you can get some info from your followers on the tools they have acquired during covid 19. I am particularly interested in table saw purchases and comments. Hope you are staying safe.

  22. velcroman11 on November 14, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    It looks like Steve has recovered. Well done Steve. 🥳🤩🥳🤩

  23. Jon on November 14, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Do you recommend a drill press to beginners?

  24. MrPhil1st on November 14, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    Wow, 13 years, congrats Steve!

  25. copperhead228 on November 14, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    I’ve actually seen someone cut out a circle using a table saw.

  26. Mr. Amps on November 14, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    Spot on as normal… but can we mention power tools without at least a quick mention of PPE for those just starting out?

  27. hudson urruttia on November 14, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    I remember watching basically this same video from you years ago but in landscape

  28. Wolfman on November 14, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Great Info!!!! Thank You Steve!!!! 👍😎😃

  29. Aaron Lypkie on November 14, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    assuming that one has space for such a workshop. I live in a condo with my wife and two daughters and I have to use my sisters place to work on my projects.

  30. Richard Brian Cooper on November 14, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    What did you lay the plywood on for the circular saw cut? Is it a sheet of foam?

  31. Tom Hostetter on November 14, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    13 years…. Steve Ramsey a true OG woodworker… so glad to have your content in my life… "tips hat"

  32. Che Pittman on November 14, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Anyone who owns a Ryobi tool has no idea what they are doing in a shop.

  33. Joe Davidson on November 14, 2023 at 11:01 pm

    Hey Steve, just finished my first actual project and you were a huge help! I built a bedframe with a desk underneath, where the bed portion is raised up via a pulley system, and the desk underneath has a ton of storage. It is awesome and your videos definitely saved me from making basic mistakes. Thank you!!!

  34. Jay-Jose on November 14, 2023 at 11:02 pm

    I like your poster of the 1982 version of "Cat People". Have you seen the 1942 version?

  35. Zionic Night on November 14, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    Yeah table saw that’s something I don’t have and need

  36. Robert Mallen on November 14, 2023 at 11:03 pm

    WTF is there anybody or did everybody forget SAW horses OR do they like to work like animals on the ground ⁉️respect the profession God Almighty somebody took the time to invent saws it so you don’t look like idiots😢 where state checks it is a profession not like doctors and lawyers we’re not “practicing” It is a pro fashion act like it dress like and do the work like it

  37. steve hofmann on November 14, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    Knowledge and cheerfulness are the magic combo. Nice job

  38. LocustSaddle on November 14, 2023 at 11:08 pm

    Nice, only thing I’d say was missing was a high emphasis on dust management with a good dust mask. No matter how much I improve my vacuum, I still kick up a hell of a lot of dust. Tried getting by with progressively less cheapo solutions until I just went and bought a proper 3M mask like I should have originally done.

  39. Alex Chan on November 14, 2023 at 11:09 pm

    glad i saw this video as i was wondering what tool to purchase next. just sold my table saw as it didnt see much use compared to mitre and circular so now flipping up between jigsaw, drill press or more clamps (as the addiction is real)

  40. Robbie Hamilton on November 14, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    Sick Cat People poster!

  41. blwenzel on November 14, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    PLEASE get the Woodworking for Mere Mortals website back up!!! I paid for the course but also wanted to use plans from that website.

  42. Armando Dy on November 14, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    Ooohhh Natasha Kinsky fan. I see the Cat People poster.🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🐈🐱🤣😂

  43. Mauricio Nicastro on November 14, 2023 at 11:11 pm

    Is it just me or the link to the free guide doesn’t work? I’ve got a 404 error when I try to get it.

  44. Diane McKee on November 14, 2023 at 11:12 pm

    I bought a table saw on craigslist, but the doohickey that holds the blade guard/ riving knife wasn’t included and apparently the part is obsolete. Do I have to throw it away and get a brand new table saw?

  45. Reference Fidelity Components on November 14, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    I started my professional shop with few tools but I settled on a tracksaw as a cheap alternative to a good table saw, a jigsaw, cordless drill and screwdriver, 1m and 600mm rulers and levels, usual hand tools including chisels, planes and gauges, a few handsaws and that was it. My sanding was done by hand as I found cheap orbital sanders hopeless.

    These few tools enabled me to build my first larger workshop! I then added a bench saw, cordless impact driver, nailer, quality sanders, routers and router table and many extra hand tools including planes and more chisels. I also built up my clamp collection and bought several router jigs and guides

    All that was made possible by a £140 investment in a track saw and basic tools so I would always advise a tracksaw as the first serious bit of kit as it’s so useful from cross cutting (with or without the track) to ripping big sheets down accurately.

  46. DC Drive Inn on November 14, 2023 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve been following you for the last 2 years. Just wanted to say thanks for inspiring me to build and repair countless projects around the house. Now my friends are inspired to fix up their own spaces. It’s been really empowering.

  47. Niv Cespedez on November 14, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    What program on your computer do you use to make your wood projects?

  48. Kerry Foster on November 14, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    When I learnt the trade we had to do everything with hand tools. Not allowed near any machines until we mastered the basic skills which are VERY important. Only then could we use all the machines. Too many you- tubers give the impression they wouldn’t know what to do with a hand or tenon saw!

  49. Red_head roofing in July on November 14, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    A friend barrowed my jointer, never seen it again. Also my extension ladder never seen that again. My shop is basement setup went down today the humidy is eating my tools!

  50. Landon Ashby on November 14, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    My name is Steve and I am addicted to making YouTube Shorts. 😆

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