The First 5 Power Tools Every Beginner Woodworker Should Buy

The First 5 Power Tools Every Beginner Woodworker Should Buy

These are the first 5 power tools, in order, that a beginner woodworker should buy. This will help you get started woodworking and pick the right tools for your projects. Knowing the must-have power tools for woodworking can be confusing when you first start out. This video is a beginners guide to woodworking tools. This video is not sponsored. Some product links are Amazon and other affiliate links which means if you buy something we’ll receive a small commission. This helps support my channel so I can continue to make content like this.

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Cordless Combo Kit Recommendations:
12v Milwaukee Drill / Impact Combo – https://shrsl.com/42014
Ridgid Drill / Impact Combo – https://homedepot.sjv.io/OrYebG
Ryobi Drill / Impact Combo (Brushed Budget Pick) – https://homedepot.sjv.io/b3xBWm
DeWALT Drill / Impact Combo – https://amzn.to/3nGqdIH
Corded Drill – https://amzn.to/44y89kJ
Ridgid Combo with Circular Saw – https://homedepot.sjv.io/bakOV6
DeWalt Combo with Circular Saw – https://amzn.to/44wWF0N

Sander Recommendations:
Festool ETS125 (My personal Favorite) – https://amzn.to/429XWcN
DeWALT Sander – https://amzn.to/3NJctaQ
Budget Sander Option – https://amzn.to/41dlgVI
3M Cubitron Best Sand Paper – https://amzn.to/428GqFR
Sandpaper Organizer Box – https://amzn.to/3VDkHDi
Tigershark Sand Paper – https://amzn.to/3B5nGem
Diablo Sand Paper – https://amzn.to/3M5bUHa

Miter Saw Recommendations
DeWALT DWS779 – https://amzn.to/3nByjCt
WEN 10 inch Miter Saw (Budget Pick) – https://amzn.to/42vS51a
Festool Kapex – https://amzn.to/41jLHcs

Router Recommendations:
Whiteside 4 Bit Set – https://amzn.to/3NKNeVD
DeWALT Corded Router with 2 Bases – https://amzn.to/3B2Jffs
Milwaukee Router – https://shrsl.com/42016
DeWALT Cordless Router – https://amzn.to/42pX2bE
Ryobi Router – https://homedepot.sjv.io/oeAXEo
Ridgid Router – https://homedepot.sjv.io/x9xVKy

Table Saw Recommendations:
Skil Table Saw – https://amzn.to/3NKoUDb
DeWALT Table Saw – https://amzn.to/3VG6Zzq
Delta Table Saw – https://www.lowes.com/pd/DELTA-Contractor-Saws-10-in-Carbide-Tipped-Blade-15-Amp-Table-Saw/1001385562
Compact SawStop – https://amzn.to/3B3N18x
Full Size SawStop – https://amzn.to/3LDAGwD

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0:00 Power Tools For Beginner Woodworking
0:23 Best Drills for Woodworking
1:49 Best Circular Saws for Woodworking
4:18 Best Sanders for Beginner Woodworkers
5:36 Best Miter Saw for Woodworking
7:14 Choosing the Right Router for Woodworking
9:18 Choosing Router Bits for Beginners
9:57 Beginner Table Saw
12:05 Woodworking Plans for Beginners

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49 Comments

  1. Mark M on May 16, 2023 at 10:42 am

    18v vs 20v are exactly the same. The difference is how they measure the battery.
    18v is under load & the 20v is no-load.

  2. The Tree Salvagers on May 16, 2023 at 10:43 am

    My first 5 would be –
    1) A big 12v budget combo kit, -(12v because cheaper more tools for your buck and lighter including -Drills, Circular saw, Jigsaw, Multi tool, Sander, Router or even a Plane or Biscuit Jointer if you go with higher voltage.)
    2) Dust Extractor- (unless you want a lot of mess.)
    3) Jointer. (Unless you have the time, patience & skill to do it by hand, or lots of money to buy smooth dimensioned lumber which in itself will probably need dressing up, not easy for a beginner to get good results if you got bowing, twist and cupping going on.)
    4) Planer – (Same as above)
    5) Oscillating belt/bobbin sander- (Very useful for slight adjustments to end grain & straight & curved even finish sanding.)

  3. Keith on May 16, 2023 at 10:47 am

    I like how #1 includes 3 tools. But what IF you had to pick only 5….?? What say Ye?

  4. Russ Martin on May 16, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Black and Decker now has a driil that has many attachments. Drill, recip saw, router, multitool, circ saw, and probably more. It costs about $179. Here is a good review by someone who normally hates Black and Decker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1Y7-h3EEvc

  5. -Iceraptor- on May 16, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Too 5 hand tools you recommend for beginners??

  6. fuzzywigglebutt on May 16, 2023 at 10:49 am

    I had the impact driver / drill / circular saw just because that is something DYI folks already own. Have done some house remodeling so have the usual suspects like the reciprocating or sawzall and oscillation tool. I picked up a Kobalt table saw one year at the Black Friday sale. It was a great price ($159 best I remember) but is a piece of junk for a woodworker due to the fence not being accurate as you mentioned. It was okay to do remodel stuff. Also ended up with that Dewalt Miter saw you mentioned for cutting trim. Now I decided I wanted to do some real wood working instead of just DYI home remodel stuff. I have inherited a nice Dewalt table saw and recently bought a Dewalt 735 planer. I have an old Craftsman router but it definitely needs an upgrade. Now if I could just get better at using all these tools. LOL.

  7. Dennis Cochran on May 16, 2023 at 10:51 am

    You must not like dewalt, my wife and kids bought me every tool that dewalt makes. Lol I’m trapped.

  8. raul suazo on May 16, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Circular saw with a guided rail work better than a table saw for a beginner. Needless to say on how dangerous is for a newbie to work with a table saw.

  9. KJH Woodworking on May 16, 2023 at 10:56 am

    As a professional carpenter, I commend your video on the essential power tools for beginner woodworkers. Your breakdown of the first five tools, including the drill and driver combo, circular saw, sander, miter saw, and router, provides practical advice. Your recommendations on brand selection, battery options, and the importance of investing in quality tools will greatly benefit beginners in their woodworking journey. Keep up the great work!

  10. Home Improvement on May 16, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the tips! Where did you get that box you use to store and organize your sandpaper? It looks like it works great!

  11. Berserkr Blood on May 16, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Id say table saw and planer over miter saw. Table saw just has more versatility in my opinion.

  12. Nick Fish on May 16, 2023 at 10:59 am

    I just got a new dewalt job site table saw a dewalt miter saw and matching stand the table saw was 599 the miter was 599 and the stand was 160 ish almost 1400 bucks but so worth it but I use mine for rough framing

  13. M C on May 16, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Kreg track saw with the accucut table can replace the miter saw and table saw.

  14. Doug Boyd on May 16, 2023 at 11:02 am

    I have the dws779 and love it.

  15. Fernard 89 on May 16, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Hi, thanks for this informative video! I’m about to buy my first miter saw, but I cannot decide which model I should go with. DWS 779 is not available in my country, the 773/774 variant is though. I’m also considering Bosch GCM800 SJ. All of them cost roughly the same. Could you please help me with this? Are they of similar quality or maybe Bosch/Dewalt is the better choice here? Cheers

  16. Jay Empress on May 16, 2023 at 11:04 am

    Harbor freight hercules model has the rack and pinion fence. It’s comparable to the dewalt and about half the price. I see several salesmen knocking harbor freight tools without ever having tried the top lines of tools. This destroys your credibility as a sales rep. I personally avoid dewalt tools. Many longtime users have moved away for…harborfreight hercules toold saying dewalt quality has gonè to hell in a handbasket and over charges for it.

    I have no dogs in this fight..don’t work for any of the tool companies. But as a viewer, I’m holding video makers accountablè for the truth.

    If you want to say that models below hercules are a bit sketchy…fine. that’s true. But to tell people who don’t know better that tools at harbor freight suck, and then show a model that does/did suck is far from truth because you left out the models that don’t suck and are most definitely in competition with dewalt.

  17. Mark M on May 16, 2023 at 11:07 am

    My 1st purchase was a RIDGID 18v hammer drill/impact driver w/2 4Ah’s combo kit with a circ saw on the side. Love them, still use them after 4+ years.
    But now also have many DeWalt & Metabo/HTP’s & love them all.

    Use what you can afford until you can afford what you need.

    Thanks, Matt. Love your videos.
    👍👍👍

  18. Mih Gio on May 16, 2023 at 11:07 am

    The best tool is a plunge circular saw with guide rail

  19. Fins on May 16, 2023 at 11:09 am

    "It doesn’t matter what brand you pick." Are you TRYING to burn down the internet? 🙂

  20. Elmar mc.fly Lecher on May 16, 2023 at 11:10 am

    I would drop the miter saw and add the jointer.

    That’s what i did and don’t regret. I have a miter saw now but i barely ever use it.

  21. Dan Alaniz on May 16, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Excellent recap and such great information for us beginners. Thanks!

  22. Gary Jones on May 16, 2023 at 11:13 am

    Thanks!

  23. David Rock on May 16, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Ryobi is light duty and will usually not last under heavy or prolonged use.

    Rigid is mote sturdy but tend do go obsolete in about a 7 to 10 year cycle even though they are warranteed for life. I have a Rigid mitiler saw that now has fabricated parts to keep it functional.

    Milwaukee is expensive but extremely reliable. It might not be a good first choice foe someone on a budget.

    Just 2c

  24. Shrike Alpha on May 16, 2023 at 11:17 am

    fun fact for sand paper atleast in australia, diablo literally costs double what the same ammount of festool sandpaper, found that pretty surprising the other week when i went to get some.
    I mean sure if you only wanted a couple pads diablo makes sense but if you know your gona sand alot get the bulk pack and save!

  25. Greg Drake on May 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Nearly every tool I have came from Harbor Freight. The tools have worked great for the small projects I do. It’s great you have grown your business to the point you can afford Dewalt, but most home DIYers cannot. As someone else mentioned, the Bauer and Hercules lines do very well. I think you should include more of their tools with price comparisons and functionality. Your clamp review actually showed that HF has some quality tools yet you still snub their tools.

  26. Allen Evans on May 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    As I was getting started, I had a store rep talk me into the 18 volt Makita brushless drill/driver combo. I am SO glad. I have continued to purchase tools in that line and love everyone of them. So far, I have the sander, small vacuum, multi tool, hammer drill, demo saw, and 4 1/2” grinder. The batteries have held up great and the charger is really fast. The tools are super tough and powerful. I have been able to also use some of my father in laws DeWalt 18 volt but they just don’t match up.

  27. 731 Woodworks on May 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

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    DeWalt Combo with Circular Saw – https://amzn.to/44wWF0N
    Sander Recommendations:
    Festool ETS125 (My personal Favorite) – https://amzn.to/429XWcN
    DeWALT Sander – https://amzn.to/3NJctaQ
    Budget Sander Option – https://amzn.to/41dlgVI
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    Box I keep My Sandpaper Sorted In – https://amzn.to/3VDkHDi
    Tigershark Sand Paper –
    Diablo Sand Paper –
    Miter Saw Recommendations
    DeWALT DWS779 – https://amzn.to/3nByjCt
    WEN 10 inch Miter Saw (Budget Pick) – https://amzn.to/42vS51a
    Festool Kapex – https://amzn.to/41jLHcs
    Router Recommendations:
    Whiteside 4 Bit Set – https://amzn.to/3NKNeVD
    DeWALT Corded Router with 2 Bases – https://amzn.to/3B2Jffs
    Milwaukee Router – https://shrsl.com/42016
    DeWALT Cordless Router – https://amzn.to/42pX2bE
    Ryobi Router – https://homedepot.sjv.io/oeAXEo
    Ridgid Router – https://homedepot.sjv.io/x9xVKy
    Table Saw Recommendations:
    Skil Table Saw – https://amzn.to/3NKoUDb
    DeWALT Table Saw – https://amzn.to/3VG6Zzq
    Delta Table Saw – https://www.lowes.com/pd/DELTA-Contractor-Saws-10-in-Carbide-Tipped-Blade-15-Amp-Table-Saw/1001385562
    Compact SawStop – https://amzn.to/3B3N18x
    Full Size SawStop – https://amzn.to/3LDAGwD

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  28. August Slivnik on May 16, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Don’t discount Kobalt, price point and battery cost can’t be beat…..Or are you only a Home Depot, Festool fan boy?

  29. Scooter McDuder on May 16, 2023 at 11:21 am

    I don’t own one yet so this is more theory than anything but; you could go Bandsaw instead of tablesaw and cover your need for a tablesaw or planer in a lot of situations.

  30. Tech News for Tech Noobs on May 16, 2023 at 11:23 am

    I was about to get snarky and ask how you could say that your Ridgid drill was still going strong when you did a video about it burning up….but then I remembered it was your Ridgid router. lol

  31. Robert Bub on May 16, 2023 at 11:24 am

    How many of the same videos is he gonna make?

  32. Eric Kramer on May 16, 2023 at 11:28 am

    I agree with 80% of this list, but I have a different experience with the miter saw. I sold mine because it took up too much space in my small workspace, and I really haven’t missed it. To me it’s a more specialty tool for people who need to make precise cuts at the end of long boards, like doing trim. For furniture and other smaller projects, you can use a circular saw to cut the work piece to it’s approximate dimensions then use a crosscut or miter sled on your table saw to cut it to precise dimensions. If you have unlimited budget and space it’s nice to have, but my advice to beginner woodworkers is to get a track saw instead. Since they won’t have a planer/jointer yet they will most likely be working with sheet goods and a track saw is indispensable making straight cuts on sheet goods. I’d even put it ahead of a table saw because It can do the job of a jointer and/or table saw in a pinch. Cheers!

  33. Voeltner Woodworking on May 16, 2023 at 11:28 am

    I always like seeing different opinions on this topic. Keep it up, dude.

  34. Dominic Chappell on May 16, 2023 at 11:29 am

    I’m a Craftsman shop for the most part, but I would like to see Kobalt added to some of your comparisons. It’s a Lowe’s exclusive (I know you are a HD guy), but I almost went with that line when deciding on my battery platform. It’s targeting the DIY and semi-professional market. It would be great to see how these compare to some more common brands.

  35. william stead on May 16, 2023 at 11:30 am

    If you do not have a lot of space, I’d say a track saw is a great alternative that can replace both a table saw and a mitre saw. Safer, too.

  36. -Iceraptor- on May 16, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Imo you just can’t beat DeWalt, but if DeWalt is just too expensive for you. Milwaukee or Ryobi..

  37. -Iceraptor- on May 16, 2023 at 11:33 am

    If used and taken care of property the DeWalt mitre saw will prob outlast you tbh.

  38. bobkin611 on May 16, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Another tip for beginners is this; Think of tools like a gun, a smaller tool that is cordless is like a compact carry pistol. Where as bigger and more torque producing tools are like a service pistol.
    If you find yourself taking tools places with you, it may help to get smaller compact battery operated tools. I take my tools everywhere, when I need to buy something to check it out.

  39. bobkin611 on May 16, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Corded tools all the way baby, best bang for the buck. Plus you don’t have to sell a kidney for batteries that die after 20 minutes use anyway.
    The DeWalt sander that I use is corded and the thing is a beast. best part is, I can use it for hours and hours.
    However, man are cordless tools nice. I do love all my cordless circular saws and drills.

  40. Puppy Doc on May 16, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Here’s perhaps a different perspective on tool selection… I have a very small shop. You know the proverbial – so small I have to step outside to change my mind… Well, It’s small. Rough measurements are about 8ft by 8ft. I bought into the idea of battery tools and cleat walls. My battery storage and battery chargers take up far more space than I realized. An advantage of corded tools is I eliminate some of that needed storage. I am in the process of switching back to corded tools and I am shocked at the impact on the space I am reclaiming. And yes, I optimized by sticking to 2 different brands. Because of desired features, comfort, etc. I couldn’t quite do just one brand. So think about the space required to store 2 chargers plus the individual tools. Now add in the battery storage for at least on battery per tool… You need back up batteries because what happens when you are in the midst of a big project and your 1 to 3 total batteries are dead or charging… Sanding goes through a lot of batteries. To optimize charging, I also have 2 chargers per brand… Don’t get me wrong, there are times the battery tools are handy so I will keep a few but VERY few.

  41. 1steelcobra on May 16, 2023 at 11:35 am

    Right now I’m at a Drill/driver set, a pretty nice cordless 1/2 gallon HEPA vac that’s been great for the conference room installs I have to do sometimes at work, and a corded random orbital sander, and looking at a cordless jigsaw/router combo deal.

    Do want a circular saw and eventually a track saw, but I think the jigsaw will work better for getting started in my "apartment dweller" setup.

  42. Augustine Schaefer on May 16, 2023 at 11:36 am

    We started with ryobi combo kit as basic homeowner starter kit. A few years later I’m still at the beginner stage and still using the same tools we bought years ago

  43. Derick on May 16, 2023 at 11:36 am

    My uncle left two tools at out house that i ended up using. (Art crafting wood work) I had a jigsaw and a dremel tool. I worked with those. Yet the first thing i bought was a grinder from a neighbor for $20 or $30. Couldn’t afford a router yet. Went creek walking and found a router that worked for a few pieces that afforded me to buy a router and circular sander. After more money it was the circular saw. Belt sander then a miter saw. IF I was starting out with a little money at the start my first 5 would of been basically your 5 with two differences. It would be the first 6 tools. Dremel, belt sander (hand held), router, circular saw, miter saw, and table saw.

    There is a 7th tool I like alot was an alternative to the table saw that I have that I like better for a few reasons. It’s a rockwell bladerunner that’s basically a a jig saw on a table and a blade stabilizer. It can preformed better than a jigsaw do cuts I can see better and go where ever I push it. Not the fastest for straight cuts like the table saw but can still got it done.

  44. Adrian lachlan on May 16, 2023 at 11:38 am

    its kind of debatable…. To me it would depend on what type and size of items you are planning on making and secondly the type of timber you are planning on working with eg dressed or rough slabbed and finally if you are going to be just making a few things or are planning on it being a side hustle making lots of items….I believe as a beginner you might be better planning your tools around what your circumstances will be…..one thing I would suggest as I regret not buying it earlier then iI did and that is a drum sander…it would have to be one of the largest time savers i have in my workshop and I recommend getting it as early as possible …possibly before a thicknesser if you are going to be working with dressed timber… 🙂 🙂 ….no real right answer to this one as we all differ in what our needs could be…..cheers

  45. Caysoph Customs on May 16, 2023 at 11:38 am

    before you decide what tools first you have to decide what you’re going to build

  46. Brett S on May 16, 2023 at 11:38 am

    For router bits, buy a big set of inexpensive bits. The ones that you wear out and wear the paint off of are the ones you should invest money on a _good_ bit. The rest will probably never come out of the case. For the occasion you need that odd-ball bit, you’ve got one.

  47. Matt Crane on May 16, 2023 at 11:38 am

    Alright – I need that sandpaper organizer…that’s fantastic

  48. The Flowapowa42o Show on May 16, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Should have called this series tools for tools

  49. Marko Radojković on May 16, 2023 at 11:40 am

    Instead of miter saw in 3rd place i would rather have a good vacuum cleaner and DIY collector/extractor made of buckets or some kind of small dust collector/extractor. I know this is about power tools but all things you can do with miter saw you can do also with two hand saws (panel saw and decent japanese ryoba saw), it will take a lot of skill and time. For beginner it is more important to be wary of health issues that can dust make, and prevent as much airborne particles as possible

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