What Tools Do You Need to START Woodworking? Beginner Woodworking Tool List

What Tools Do You Need to START Woodworking? Beginner Woodworking Tool List

I get asked pretty often about the tools that are necessary to start woodworking, so I decided to make a video to help you guys out! Hopefully this is helpful!

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Tablesaw Jig Playlist:

Router Jig Playlist:

Milling Lumber without a Jointer:

Marking and Measuring Tools:

Bandsaw Tune-up:


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Sander I Currently Use:

Sander I Used When I Started:

Drill and Driver (I have this set also, it’s a good deal!):

Circular Saw (I have this one also!):

Combo Pack (Has everything you need and more!):


Sorry, can’t link to a table saw, but I can link to blades I like!

Thin Kerf Combo Blade for Everything:

Flat Top Grind Blade for Joinery:

Trim Router with Plunge Base that I have:

Trim Router that’s popular and goes with the tools linked above:

Plunge base that goes with that Router:

Big Beast of a Router:


Benchtop Sander (mine is actually broken, so I linked a different one):

Belt Sander:


Spokeshave Option 1:

Spokeshave Option 2 (more affordable):


Dust Mask:

Safety Glasses:

Pocket Hole Jig (This is a new one that just came out that looks really cool):

Center Finding Dowel Jig:

Squeezy Clamps:

Cabinet Master Clamps (Showed Pony ones here, but I have both Pony and these Besseys):

Ratchet Straps:

Handscrew Clamps:


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  1. David Bliss on April 23, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    how did the combo of table saw and reprocating saw go ?

  2. AS Marketing on April 23, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    You married?

  3. Elwood Hindley on April 23, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    “Looking at your next project” is great advice. I’m waiting on my Taylor’s tools delivery to make our portable workbench. I can see hubby pinching it from time to time o do his whittling. I think any reason to buy tools is the best reason. Love this clip Tamar 👍👍🇦🇺💕

  4. BEVERLEY LYNNE HARRIS on April 23, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for doing this video. Very informative and helpful. And, I’m going to share this with a friend who I think will really appreciate it as well.

  5. Joe Knight on April 23, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Unlike many "tips" videos, you seem to use a lot of reclaimed wood. Will you consider doing a video about wood fillers and other tips for working with reclaimed lumber please? I really enjoy your videos; they are full of information and without a lot of needless banter. Well done and thank you.

  6. Joseph Lebo on April 23, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    I don’t have the budget or the room for a large bandsaw, but how did you like your 9” bandsaw? I have room for a bench top saw and I’m thinking a 9” Wen or Ryobi. Did you like your Ryobi?

  7. Vitor on April 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    If you were my shop teacher in 7th grade instead of Mr. Santa Maria, I might have gone into a career in carpentry instead of human resources.

  8. D C on April 23, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    What mini handblower is that?

  9. Nico Robinson on April 23, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    THANK YOU! Learned so much & very helpful 👍🏽

  10. M Afin on April 23, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I like how we get to make tools from the tools we buy , woodworking is awesome !

  11. Charles J Gartner on April 23, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    1:17 uhhhh, why do you even have so many battery powered tools in a home shop? At work today I compared a Makita corded to a Makita battery sander, it wasn’t even close. The corded one creamed it. Certain things that will be bopping around the shop constantly like drills, of course it’s all about cordless… but otherwise, if you aren’t doing onsite construction you’re missing out on a lot of performance having everything on batteries. And spending more money on tools/batteries. On that note, my personal advice for cordless, everyone should have their premium cordless brand and Ryobi as the "Random tool" brand. There’s plenty of stuff that’s battery powered where you don’t need to own the Makita or Dewalt or etc version. Ryobi goes a long way if it’s not a key tool.

  12. AA Mech on April 23, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I’d say a bonus of a bandsaw is that it’s much harder to hurt yourself on one than a table saw since there’s no risk of kickback. If you’re someone that’s a little power tool shy, most of the light duty jobs you’d do with a table saw can also be done with a bandsaw, albeit with a rougher finish. Bandsaw was the first power tool I ever used in my dad’s shop and I’d say it was a good choice.

    Bandsaw is also versatile in the sense that you can buy blades for cutting metal, if that’s important to you (it is for me).

    Probably one of the most versatile saws you can buy, actually.

  13. Frank Francis on April 23, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    One thing I’d add to that list – a first aid kit!

  14. Libor K on April 23, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Good picks ….

  15. The Tinker on April 23, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    Is your Triton router still working??? See on Amazon that people that purchased the
    triton router say its a piece of junk, the plastic parts brake and don’t last but a very very
    short time

  16. Jerome Cure on April 23, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Awesome Video! Clear, to the point, well lit and easy to understand your speech. Hearing impaired and you were so effective making this a pleasant experience. A Great Big Thanks

  17. Paul Smith on April 23, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Great video. I love your presentation style!

  18. McBain on April 23, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Congratulations. It’s 999,9999th videos about that subject. At least you didn’t unboxed any tools.

  19. Andy Bawn on April 23, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    What Tools Do You Need to START Woodworking? A hammer and a saw!

  20. John Wescott on April 23, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Any one starting out in joinery should master hand tools before using power tools.

  21. Michael MacPhail on April 23, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Awesome video! Very informative and instructive. I’m about to set up my own workshop and your suggestions really help my planning. Thank you!

  22. Edward Gallegos on April 23, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Thank you Tamar! Your videos are always informative and inspiring. I have a ShopSmith 510 woodworking multi tool. My father had always wanted one but never spent the money to buy one. I am just starting out in woodworking and appreciate all your advice. Looking forward to seeing your next video!

  23. ESF19791111 on April 23, 2022 at 6:51 pm



  24. eklectiktoni on April 23, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve watched three of these beginner tool list videos now (including yours) and everyone seems to recommend the same things first – circular saw, drill, ppe and accessories (like clamps and levels), then move up to a table saw.

  25. Stephan Denis on April 23, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    This woman is cool and has beautiful hands and fingers. Well kept clean nails.

  26. Matthew Kesner on April 23, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    The router was my gateway into woodworking too. In Junior High School shop when we edged the wood for a fundraising project desk set pen holders and then later a lamp I made I was mesmerised by the beautiful edging.

  27. Cody McElroy on April 23, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Me: "Hmmm. Beginner woodworking list."
    Her: "So, drills, sander, and skillsaw *omitting reciprocating saw*" in the span of about four seconds.
    Me: "So…"
    Her: "Anyway, here’s a bunch of expensive, formal tools."

  28. Morgan Coulter on April 23, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Why hate the jigsaw?!

  29. jamshid nikkerdar on April 23, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Great 👍 👌

  30. Jeremy Wolk on April 23, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Just a question do you have any advice on sourcing wood outside the big box stores

  31. David Taylor on April 23, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    It’s great to have a step-by-step acquisition process, regarding an "IF YOU"RE GOING TO MAKE THIS," but if someone were to go all-in for a full shop, what do you think the cost would be. You have 4 measuring tapes, but you know one would be fine – that’s the idea.

  32. Cameron Smith on April 23, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Move over Bob Vila!

  33. Wilem35 on April 23, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Dewalt DWE7485

  34. Nathaniel Miller on April 23, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Thought i was alone in hating the jigsaw> at least it has one good usage though, cutting through wood crooked

  35. Wise Beast on April 23, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I didn’t even knew about dry lube, wow.

  36. Jerry Richards on April 23, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I’m in my 50 and still find every reason to not use a jig saw
    Somehow I own 3 😁

  37. Miloš Grujić on April 23, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    You should rename video to "All woodworking tools and machines that you will ever need".

  38. Gerald Augustus on April 23, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    I finally, 6 years in, bought a track saw after realizing how much sheet material I was cutting down with a circular saw and how long it took to setup a fence properly to get a good cut. I was IMMEDIATELY gratified at the time and headaches saved. But I also think I bought it at the right time. Learning to solve my problems with a stripped down tool taught me a lot along the way (something I think you touch on on another video). I guess the advice I add is, buy something when you REALLY understand why you want it and what it will do for you and you will never have a tool collecting dust. Thanks for the great video!

  39. Gustavo Macall on April 23, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    So I got 3 things from this video, the dry lube , compressed air gun and the automatic machine to vacuum switch , I will be purchasing all 3 , thank you for your very useful video.

  40. Urooj on April 23, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I would really love if you make a video on maintenance of the tools

  41. K Mac on April 23, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Okay I’m just gonna say it. Any bride who wants a PLANER for her 10th. anniversary is a keeper! #trophywife.

  42. Kimberly Nguyen on April 23, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you for this video! Very helpful. What specific brand would you recommend for corner clamps when holding together miter cuts?

  43. 1915 Woodworks on April 23, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I’ve got a super fast and easy trick for changing bandsaw blades 🙂 it’s posted as a short on my page

  44. Larry Schweitzer on April 23, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    And, down the rabbit hole we go! If you start with rough sawn lumber you will need some way of facing it to get it reasonably flat on one face. Cheapest is a scrub plane. A carrier board and wedges can work with the planer. A router & rail system also works. Solid lumber joinery requires first learning about the different ways wood moves & why. I recommend reading "The Wood Doctor’s Rx" by Eugene Wengert. It will save you from many mistakes.

  45. Carly Mason on April 23, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Can you recommend a portable cordless chainsaw

  46. pacificdune on April 23, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Hey this is a great video! Very useful for those getting started. Unfortunately, as I found, the list gets long. Fast.

    I’m just starting out with my shop and space was at a premium…. So, the one thing I may add is a track saw and a table for it. I was able to do some incredible things with a TS55 and an MFT, and the table folds up and the saw goes back in the box. It can do a lot of the same thing that a miter saw / table saw can do, and is arguably better for breaking down plywood.

  47. Ali Ahmed on April 23, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Tamar, My name is Ali and I am a big fan of your work and I loved carpentry because of the videos you show which are short but full of useful and concise information that will inspire anyone who wants to start woodworking and I have already started doing some woodworking like building a small table and now I want to buy a table saw Like the one you have and my question is what is the blade size of your table saw is it 8 1/4 or 10” and which one you suggest ?

  48. Legendary Dad on April 23, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    I have been watching beginner videos for a few days now, and you’re the only person that addressed PPE at all.

  49. Mark Hutton on April 23, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    I wish I had the space you have… in the UK unless you are going to rent space or take over the summer house to be a workshop (which apparently my wife is not accepting) then we are working in sheds, my table saw is is used in the garden as it the mire saw so when planning a project I also have to check the weather…

  50. Kevin Pratt on April 23, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Fantastic video (from a former wood shop teacher)!