Woodworking POWER Tools // Watch Before Buying

Woodworking POWER Tools // Watch Before Buying

A complete guide to buying beginner woodworking power tools. If you haven’t made any purchases yet, watch this before buying anything. Woodworking power tools can be intimidating but I will give you no nonsense advice based on my own experience.

We will cover the essential tools needed to build amazing furniture. Miter saws, Table saws, battery power hand tools, sanders, planer and jointers. But unlike what you may have read or seen online – you don’t need a top of the line purchase for every item listed above.

I explore what is a good and bad buy from entry level brands like Harbor Freight and Ryobi. Also why I think most beginner woodworkers get bad advice on their first table saw purchase.


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  1. Dan Northrup on May 24, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    That is a Compound Sliding Mitersaw not a Mitersaw which is aka a Chop saw.
    Although when you lock the slider it becomes a miter/Chop saw .people should teach beginners how these tools actually work 😀

  2. Adam Carnie on May 24, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I bought an 8 inch Kobalt sliding miter saw. I set it to a perfect 90, but whenever I tried to cut a 45 bevel, for fascia around a deck, the little pressure to push it down on the angle would bring it more out of square than I would tolerate. I could easily cut them better with my circular saw. It’s bevel function might be useful on a thinner board/crown, but I wish had been a little sturdier.

  3. Trump took the vaccine on May 24, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I want to get into woodworking but can’t afford wood 🙄

  4. Jaelin Jones on May 24, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Staying in the Goldilocks zone vis-à-vis price and quality has done me well in so many areas of my life

  5. Matthew Conley on May 24, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    I’m surprised a router or a drill press wasn’t mentioned

  6. caspar coaster on May 24, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    what in gods name is a "secondary tier" of tools… as soon as that stupidity was thrown in to cloud this (useless waste of my time) i turned it off

  7. 7WOUNDS on May 24, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    I really like your way of explaining things and look forward to learning more here. Definitely subscribing and turning on the bell

  8. DarlingtonFarm on May 24, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Has anyone ever commented you look like Kylo Ren? I keep waiting for a lightsaber to come out.

  9. roguepetunia on May 24, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks! Great info in your video!

  10. KidZeus on May 24, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Now I kinda feel bad that I already bought an 8 1/4 Ryobi table saw

  11. Jason W on May 24, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    I have those pegboard panels.. love em – but how about the wood tool holders you made for them?

  12. shayne sabala on May 24, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Very accurate, I have the tabke saw and the planer and am very happy with both. I also have a bench top joiner and it worked great for making cabinet doors, however as soon as I moved to making a work bench it became completely useless. I tried my darnedest to set up in feed and out feed extensions but nothing worked. I bought it because it was affordable and it does work for smaller things, but you can forget large pieces.

  13. Diamonddrake on May 24, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    I use a ryobi table saw, never felt like it wasn’t enough

  14. Eric Zwart on May 24, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Outstanding video. Liked and subscribed!

  15. Donny George on May 24, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Great video!

  16. Wgat Cheeses Me Off on May 24, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I’d consider subscribing if you smiled occasionally. Perhaps it’s all those intimidating tools 😀

  17. Micah Naone on May 24, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    I learned a lot and I have to admit I love the joke about who’s sponsoring your Channel that made me lol and make a decision to like and subscribe.

  18. withershin on May 24, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Ryobi drills still give me nightmares. "What do you mean battery fault? How are all 5 batteries faulty?" vs. my cheapie Milwaukee 12V set… "Should I store the batteries in something? Nah they’re fine" – total cost difference $100 CAD for the amateur’s set (drill, flashlight, skill saw, etc).

  19. Mattribute on May 24, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I have that Dewalt table saw but I have issues with outflow and side support because of the uneven floor. It works great with two people but I dream of having a giant table like some of the pros have.

  20. Mattribute on May 24, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    As to the mitre saw, I used a simple Dewalt for 6 years but my oh my is the Bosch 12in glide an amazing saw. For the kind of stuff I do it’s perfect. The most stable side to side motion and yet compact in depth because no tubes sticking out the back. I have not hit the point of the mitre saw being unimportant yet, for me it’s second only to my drills for important tools. It’s also much much much safer than the table or circular saws so the 12” blade plus compound takes a lot of cuts away from the other saws.

  21. Chris Zablocki on May 24, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I get the impression that my rigid grinder is going to be useful for a lot of tasks in the future.

  22. Eli Sack on May 24, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the tablesaw advice!

  23. Jesse Lauch on May 24, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    My experience with sanders, dewalt Velcro doesn’t last.

    My Ryobi has taken way more abuse and has been the more durable do the two

  24. Yer_Br0wn_Dog_8_My_Rabbit on May 24, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Ya won my like, comment and subscribe with the video sponsor gag. Well done, prolly gonna steal it if I ever get a channel off the ground.

  25. cy sero on May 24, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    I just noticed your right eye is twitching

  26. T C on May 24, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Dust bags on sanders are fine if no
    Vacuum is in the cards.( millenials) I started in my Grandfathers wood shop since @5 (1977). Those that need vacuums must drive BMW’s and enjoy carrying their gf’s purse.

  27. Lee Schmitz on May 24, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Almost every single power tool I own was given to me by a relative. I have a 70 year old McGraw/Edison Circular Saw that is still in perfect working condition despite seeing tons of use, and a 40 year old Sears/Craftsman Miter Saw that doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a newer tool. But it still does it’s job. In fact, the only new power tool I bought myself was a Milwaukee M12 impact driver set, when I bought my home, last year. I appreciate videos like this, because it’s not often that I do spend money on power tools. But with the prospect of turning my garage into a hobby shop, I may eventually need to.

  28. Roger Cook on May 24, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    If I know I’m going to beat the hell out of a tool I go with Makita. You can’t go wrong with Japanese tools. Otherwise if it’s something I will only use a few times a year I’ll go with something cheaper like dewalt which I haven’t had any problems with either.

  29. 87fxgts on May 24, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I want to make one of those death star shelves behind you!

  30. Icehso140 on May 24, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Good video. I lost everything in 1994. I returned to MA and began rebuilding a woodshop and replacing some furniture for the home. I had a good Craftsman hand saw and bought a 1 1/2 hp router and straight bit. I cut the shelf boards oversize 1/16" and with a jig I routed a perfect square edge. My first clamps for the jig were finish nails. I got small jobs from friends and always bought a tool to help make THAT job easier. Took a lot of work but I now have almost every tool you need for a woodshop, duplicates of many hand power tools. My point…try turn 1/4 of your profit into tool purchases and you’ll see things get easier fast. For me, making the job easier gets me motivated to do it. Like I said….good video…but the lack of sawdust in your shop makes me highly suspect. LOL

  31. studiomiguel on May 24, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    ‘Who am I kidding, no one is going to sponsor this dumb channel!’ won my subscription. HAHA, great job.

  32. kevin Becerson on May 24, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Great information, Thank You.

  33. Mark Kleckner on May 24, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Good info and entertaining, God Bless!

  34. chad hoffman on May 24, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    As a longtime woodworke, I have an assortment of really great tools, Jet, Laguna etc. And what I thought may be a mistake buying was the Ryobi cordless 18 and 23 gauge. Best cheapest toolsI’ve bought. Outperformed the Makita 23 gauge easily. I still can’t believe how well they’ve been working going on three years now. Amazing how many great pieces I’ve made, and don’t own any Festool.

  35. YukimaruZero on May 24, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    It’s also worth noting that a circular saw with a squaring tool and a steady hand can do anything the table and miter saws can and are more portable. So if your looking to save money I’d start with one of those for your first powered saws.

  36. Molly's Chamber on May 24, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    I am a fan of Ryobi but I am new

  37. Nathan Wilson on May 24, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    1) don’t underpower your equipment, make sure you are on a 20 amp to get all the power and not burn out your motors.
    1B) (because I am lazy for editing): make sure your motors get fully up to speed before you start cutting, you want the blades to be doing the work and you want to keep the RPMs up. If you slow down the blade the blade will start to wobble and it will throw off your cut. That’s how you’ll get Burns and scoring in cuts. You can go slow with a miter cut and virtually get no blowout.
    2) the orbit (1/8, 1/16, 1/32, and 1/64) are what you need to focus on, get a minimum 1/32 it is good for taking down a surface and decent at a finish… 1/64 is a finish sander and not for taking off volume… Get an adjustable speed and you can slow down the speed (you need to slow down to) with a 1/32 and get a better sand without swirls. (wipe with water or denatured alcohol or lacquer thinner to raise the grain before doing this for a better result) bostch has a good one that is competitively priced. A low orbit sander and cheap sandpaper will leave hook marks and swirls. Also, just like the saws, let the sander do the work.
    3) The DeWalt planer and table saw are highly recommend by myself as I have used them professionally for over a decade. They last and do very good job and stay true, and have enough power to be safe…
    4) pay attention to professionals and reviews for saws if you’re going to get your radial arm, or the more expensive compound miter saws. Some saws that make a great miter box do not make good radial alarm saws as they will not cut square on longer cuts. I have a Delta chop saw that is older than dirt that still works, though it’s only a 10 inch. Dewalts make fine 12-in chop saws if you need a little bit more space. I have a Makita compound sliding miter saw for any of my detail work as it’s the only one I found to cut square and straight and have all the angles that I need of all saws on the market until you get to the truly expensive stuff (through they no longer make a 12" version of the sliding compound miter saw).

    5) DeWalt miter boxes have a lot of power, however the color that holds the motor to the blade is cast aluminum, so if you’re too rough with it you can actually bend that and throw it out a square. So don’t slam your tool into wood to cut or drop or strike the housing too much as it will ruin your saw.

    Over 20 years of high end cabinet work and furniture restoration experience.

  38. bert1913 on May 24, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Funny? Annoying

  39. J Mac on May 24, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    I think there is an important exception to what is otherwise a lot of excellent advice here. I have several mid-range hand power tools from Harbor Freight that I did not pay much for and have worked great over the course of several years: corded multitool, orbital sander, and drill. I did not buy the cheapest model in the store, but the cheapest with the features and/or power that I felt I needed, and still much cheaper than just about any other brand. If it fails and has to be replaced after a few years, it’s still good value for the money.

  40. stephmon on May 24, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    I caught one of the annual sales on the Dewalt JobSite saw at HD and built a rolling base with fold-down ‘wings’ around it. After fine-tuning it, I would put it up against just about any cabinet saw (at least for my needs). One of my greatest hopes, is that I will find a 220V version, for as reasonable a price, when i retire to Spain.

  41. Let's go Brandon on May 24, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I started a year ago, woodworking.
    I have all ryobi.i love them
    The one bad tool I have is the scroll cutting machine.
    Drills,sawzaw,impact drill, sander
    Oscillating cutter ,highbeam flashlight and circular saw
    All work great and batteries are
    Working like new.

  42. Lincoln St. Woodworks on May 24, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Support the channel by visiting my Etsy Shop and using affiliate links in the video description. Do it – and I’ll keep making videos.


  43. jano on May 24, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    I didn´t know you can buy Parkside tools in EEUU.Here in Spain you can find it in Lidl supermarket(german company).I bought a Parkside angle grinder a few years ago and It broke down the first time I used it a bit hard.As we say here."the poor man´s money goes twice to the market"

  44. Chakra 7 on May 24, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for the toolkit and the follow. You kept your word Lincoln.

  45. FoolyLiving on May 24, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Why do you hate Ryobi? I am pretty happy with the tools I’ve bought so far, the ONE+ batteries fit into all their tools. I’m just curious why you hate them.

  46. Charles Eye on May 24, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    The Hercules (Harbor Freight) jobsite table saw has the same level of adjustability as the DeWalt. It’s practically a clone of the DeWalt. Same with the Hercules 12" sliding miter saw. It’s essentially a DeWalt in a blue uniform. We’ve had all four on jobsites together and they’re so close it’s ridiculous. Why not save money and buy the Hercules versions? Lord knows their warranty service is miles better than the hoops you have to jump through with DeWalt – and I say this as the guy who owns the aforementioned two DeWalts (along with quite a few of their cordless tools).

  47. Lawrence Kite on May 24, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    I’m with you on the 8" jointer. I started off with a 6" and almost immediately knew I needed a larger jointer. It’s only 2" wider but it’s 10 times the tool.

  48. Ken an Sharon on May 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    I avoid battery tools at all cost. All the the battery tools batteries I’ve had didn’t last more than a few years and the replacement cost was more than the original tool. I have 50 year old corded tools that still work.

  49. Cody Stewart on May 24, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    I agree with everything you said except the planer. The model below that dewalt model is by far the best. I’ve used both and I have far less issues with the cheaper model. It has practically all the same parts.

  50. this is a social experiment on May 24, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    From my personal experience Ryobi is the brand to go for beginners. The battery ecosystem is fantastic, included features are crazy good for the price, availability and variety of tools and accessories is never a problem, and most importantly, budget. I’ve had my drill, impact driver, screwdriver, miter saw, jigsaw, trim router and both orbital and finishing sanders for close to 3 years and they’ve never failed me.