The $1,200 Woodworking Shop – Can we build it? What Tools Do You Need?

The $1,200 Woodworking Shop – Can we build it? What Tools Do You Need?

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Today we are starting a new series on how to build a woodworking shop and what tools you should buy on a budget. We are going to try to do this for $1200 and build a fully functioning woodworking shop. There is a list of tools over on my website and we discuss the parameters of the build. We are going to raffle off the shop at the end to benefit the Katz-Moses Woodworkers with Disabilities Fund. I really want your input and look forward to reading your comments. Let me know what you’d like to see next. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Austin B on May 28, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    If you are unable to buy a hand plane, wood files with an orbital sander afterwards has worked great for smoothening my projects in the past.

  2. Mark Held on May 28, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Router,belt sander,sanders, impact driver,id rather have used tools never had a problem with them and inexpensive compared to new.

  3. George Pretnick on May 28, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    IMO, the FIRST thing you need is a work bench. Start with a Roman bench. If you can, build a Nicholson joiner’s bench. Get work holding devices. It’s like another pair of hands.

  4. Matthias Michel on May 28, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Hey @Jonathan, great idea! Will there be a separate playlist on your channel that the community can follow easily? Thanks and stay save in the shop 👍🏻

  5. scott brigner on May 28, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Always have to have some persuaders! I use a cheap dead blow from harbor freight. Idc what anyone says about harbor freight, it’s budget friendly and their more expensive brands have really stepped it up

  6. Matouš Outrata on May 28, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    So good to have you back, sir! My answer is good quality analogue caliper for sure, precise tape measure, good sharpening station. And Katz Moses dove tail jig for sure! I always want to be precise and have my tools sharp. And my advice is to by less with better quality. Just like with food 🙂

  7. Arthur and Teresa Beem on May 28, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Are we still on for this project?

  8. Brad Snyder on May 28, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Hey, is this series still happening? I’m planning a dedicated shop space and would love a posting about electrical and lighting

  9. Brad Mattison on May 28, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Having basically done this, I made one particularly smart move and one particularly dumb move.

    Smart move: I was considering buying a used table saw with no riving knife, but instead bought a new entry level table saw with a riving knife. Nobody should be working without a riving knife.

    Dumb move: I bought a used mitre saw for $30 of Craigslist. It’s a basic construction model. It works totally fine. My qualm is that it does not cut anything wider than 10 inches. Beginners will be so frustrated to not have higher crosscut capacity. I know I have been.

  10. slackr 69 on May 28, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Marking tools, scribes mechanical pencils combo rulers levels squares … god is in the details. Cut and drill all you want. If your measuring & marking is off, its gonna show when its all together

  11. Pieter Coppens on May 28, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Don’t think it’s been mentioned yet, but some chisels. And a sharpening set-up, but for said chisels and the plane(s), so you can get away with used stuff 😉

  12. Thrill on May 28, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    An orbital sander is one of the first tools everyone should buy. It saves a ton of time and you’ll use it on every project.

  13. Kyle Carson on May 28, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I think a great initial buy that will accomplish so much is the kreg adaptive cutting system. Everything a table saw can do. Things may take a bit more time but it is a great all around kit for someone just starting out

  14. Trischa S. on May 28, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    everybody always forgets the small tools! Compass and Straightedge!

  15. trenton swift on May 28, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    A good pencil ha

  16. Harrison Pavlasek on May 28, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Looking forward to this! I love my table saw and portable, thickness planer.

  17. Torrence Carpentry on May 28, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Check out and they usually have some decent tools for cheap.

  18. Brendan Beely on May 28, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Eye and ear protection. Safety first. Always.

  19. Patrick Nedley on May 28, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    What percent savings (understanding this will change depending on the initial price) do you look for when comparing new to old…

  20. Isto é tudo uma palhaçada on May 28, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I still use jigsaw for every cut. I’m too afraid of circular saws…I’m also a pianist, so…losing a finger would mean the end of my life.

  21. FlashPaperGrind # on May 28, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Circular Saw
    Jig Saw
    Table Saw (jobsite)

    And some other things….


  22. Adam Murphy on May 28, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Here’s been my favorite two additions to my shop – square is so important, and with a table saw, miter saw, drill press, band saw, whatever – having 90 degrees is critical. I love these two digital gauges. I saw them on other YouTube videos and they’ve made my life so much easier and more accurate!

  23. Yj k on May 28, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    I’m a bit late to the party, but my 4×36 lumberjack disk/belt sander has been invaluable. I’ve used it for shaping, sanding, profiling, metalworking…

  24. Alex Schmidt on May 28, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I actually started with ONLY hand tools. Just now got my first thickness planer

  25. Cameron Burry on May 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Must have is a workbench, can’t do much without one of those.

  26. Hope for all on May 28, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Ogee plane

  27. Filip Łuński on May 28, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Combination square is very useful and even cheap one is good, because you can adjust the angle

  28. Patrick Nedley on May 28, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    First Aid Kit… not sure a used one is the best way to go.. might have some "rust" on it.

  29. Patrick Kelly on May 28, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Speed square and combo square

  30. Ben Heinrich on May 28, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    If you can’t afford a miter saw (like me) a miter box is a cheap alternative. It just means a little more work in clean up.

  31. Ryan Krienselokker on May 28, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    What would you purchase first, a planer or jointer?

  32. Things In My Head on May 28, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Circular saw & a drill are essential firsts. With that you can do your first project: work bench. Those items are essential. After that just buy the tools you need for the project you’re building

  33. Vro18 on May 28, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Honestly, a Stanley no. 62 and a blade for each Smoothing, Scraping, and Dimensioning might be an affordable-ish way to get all the planes you need. You don’t NEED a joiner, but it can certainly be helpful, and Rex Krueger actually made one himself that was quite good.

  34. Jonathan Katz-Moses on May 28, 2022 at 8:37 pm

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  35. Michael Althauser on May 28, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    $1,200 is a LOT of money. How about a "budget shop on $400" video? I see tons of videos that are all about building a great shop and they all have these huge monetary amounts, which to be honest is really daunting and immediately puts me off wanting to even get a start on woodworking. See also: all the "build a budget workbench" videos in which the person making it busts out the planer, jointer, table saw, mitre saw, and $$$ worth of other tools.

  36. Chayse Angus on May 28, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Band saw. even a smaller one a band saw is great

  37. Stacey Ellingsen on May 28, 2022 at 8:43 pm


  38. J316 Fine Woodworking on May 28, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    This is way late but I have been in business 2.5 yrs and still haven’t used a hand plane, however I do highly recommend a square. Combo is preferred

  39. Driving With Jake on May 28, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Storage and organization for smaller shops or garages.
    Only have a garage to work with right now, once the shed is cleaned out then I’ll have a 8×12 shop which will make life easier. Pop up tent to work outside in the weather is nice if you don’t have much room.

  40. Michael S on May 28, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Let’s get back to this awesome series!!!

  41. Matt Stein on May 28, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Setup blocks, like a couple 1-2-3 machinist blocks and a set of brass setup bars. Saves time and especially the frustration of screwing up cuts set up using a tape measure or other error prone methods.

  42. Mike Bickle on May 28, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    For me a nearly must have tool is a multi tool I have two, one corded and one battery operated.

  43. Internet on May 28, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Buy what you need first and the rest as you need it

  44. Rob Matthews on May 28, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    My first purchase was a mitre saw I got new cos it was a good price, needed this first as I had to build some Shelving and a workbench and this seemed like the best tool for what I was doing. Have since added a palm router and a circular saw, all new for a total of €400 so far! I already have a couple of drills and a jigsaw but they’re not the best so might upgrade at least one of the drills next.
    Looking forward to more of this series!

  45. M M on May 28, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    It’s different for everyone of course, that’s why these videos are so great at generating lots of comments 😉

    1200 dollars sounds like a good number though – much better than “hey, let’s build a 100 dollar workbench (in our 10,000 dollar workshop)”.

    Speaking of workbenches, I have one thing to add: yes, buy the tools you need for your projects, but think about whether you really need that one expensive tool to build a workbench or similar large project. If you’ll spend the next ten years making business card holders, you might only need that big expensive thing once, and never again. Maybe find a community workshop or just pay someone to do those tasks once.

    I like the 1200 because it’s a realistic budget for a solid workbench with a good vice, a number of clamps and a bunch of good hand tools you couldn’t do without. It’ll get you far.

  46. OsageTorch on May 28, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Bro where’s my dovetail jig? It still hasn’t shipped. Do you make them only when ordered?

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  48. Matt Miller on May 28, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    Table saw. Miter saw. Router. Cheap bench top belt combo disk sander. With those tools you can tackle a ton of projects. Plus your basics, a good hand saw a good hammer, tri square and pipe clamps. Cheap chisels just learn how to sharpen them. Jcat has a really good video on how to do that. You can make a marking gauge or find a cheap one in any antique mall. A good block plane is a must. Again go to any antique store and pick up a lot of old tools that may need just sharpening. Good luck

  49. Driving With Jake on May 28, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Clamps are a huge thing, for someone starting out on a budget harbor freight has some great cheap clamps.

  50. Miechel Steenbeek on May 28, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    biscuit jointer