Wood Tools

I need the best wood tool or home device for wood work however I am not ready to pick the best device. I looked on Google yet couldn’t discover great outcome. On the off chance that anyone has any connection or guide, Please offer and help me to pick the best carpentry instruments. A debt of gratitude is in order for exhortation ahead of time.

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Wood and vex? what are you doing…

i mean i can recommend a handsaw or bandsaw


I need tools buying guide.

I need help to buy quality tools.

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but like what are you making

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I need to choose tools for Cabinet making.

How to know quality of miter saw, table saw or any other tools?

Lowes has a few guides. Though I don’t know if that’s what you’re looking for.

Thanks Zeldaa, It is helpful for me.

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Recently, I searched on google and found the link http://toolsbros.com to choose the wood tools. Is it good to get help?

By the way, your Lowes link is also helpful. Thanks

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Yeah, that looks like a helpful website.

And no problem. Happy to help!

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Well, I mean a hacksaw is cheap and gets through stuff quickly. A simple drill is able to drill wood.
Otherwise, I’m not exactly sure how else to help, us vex people tend to deal with cutting metal way more :slight_smile:

Hi @David,

Welcome to the VEX forum! Woodworking covers a lot of area, I’d like to try to narrow in what to look for and brands to consider. I’m going to assume you have a collection of hand saws, planes of a few sizes, some nice wood chisels that you keep sharp and a variety of clamps.

First off, what’s your experience level? What is your future state in what you want to be able to build? You had said in a post cabinet making that covers a wide area. Are you getting plans and ideas from:

How much shop space do you have? Do you have the space for freestanding tools (table saw, drill press) or is some level of portability / storage required.

What kind of budget do you have?

Based on the above, you can narrow in on what tools you need and then start googling “best full size table saws” and so on.

You have eyeware that you use all the time? What about hearing protection? Find a pair that you really like the fit of and have sound ratings that will keep you safe. Then buy three pairs and hang them in the shop. That way there is always one in arms reach and you have zero reason for not having them on.

Dust collection
This is number one on my list of things to think about. You are going to make a huge amount of wood dust how are you going to pick it up? A wet dry vac with an extra long hose that you can attach to the power tools is one way to go. If you are going to have a lot of large stationary devices (table saw, band saw, etc. then a higher capacity fixed system may work. You may find that having a number of smaller 2 to 3 gallon vacuum attached to each tool may work out better, you are not dragging the larger unit around.

If you are going to make cabinets you have two real choices.

  1. A portable circular saw and a decent guide to make the larger panel cuts
  2. Some format of Table Saw - which then break down to
    a) Benchtop - you may not find one that will manage the panel size you want to use - but sits on your workbench and is easy to store.
    b) Jobsite or contractor saws - bigger comes with folding legs or a stand. Lots of them have slide out tables to be able to support larger work
    c) Standard table or cabinet saw - classic table saw with a variety of table sizes and shapes. This is the most popular choice since adding dado blades and custom shaping blades is possible. You can do dado’s with any of the saws, but there will be cleanup work with a chisel needed.
    d) Sliding table - made for larger parts, the table slides the wood, this gives you better control of larger pieces

If you get a table saw try to get one with a “Saw Stop” ™ attached to it. Those things are a must have if you are going to be working at some point with younger woodworkers.

For simpler projects a cordless drill works fine. I end up making guides for projects if there is a need for repeat drilling (like evenly spaced holes for shelf pins) and are good for holes up to about an 1".

Past that size if hole, or repeated holes at a depth, or if you are going to be drilling at odd angles, a drill press is your choice. If you go for a drill press, then think about getting a larger one that will support the use of sanding drums. A sanding drum can make sanding weird shaped pieces smooth.

Curvy Saw Cuts
Making curved cuts in wood adds shape and interest in pieces. You can do lots on a table saw to get started and then use hand planes to get to the perfect shape.

You have a few choices

  1. Jig saw - hand held, can make fairly complex cuts but you are limited to about 3/4" to 1" of wood. You can get larger saws, but you start trading off how close bends can be. They are starting to make battery powered ones that will work well. Your big choice here is the blades, try to get one that has a variety of blade types available for it.
  2. Band saw - for thicker material (table legs) the band saw is you weapon of choice. But you are limited on the throat size, so larger pieces may not fit. Band saw skills are also different, since the blade is a band, so tight turns will require different widths. Changing band saw blades out can be done, but it’s much longer than changing a jig saw.

The router is my least favorite tool in the shop. Of all the tools it’s the most dangerous, and of all of my woodworking friends have great horror stories around routers.

Routers are something that you may end up with a few of.

  1. Small trim routers for doing simple round over cuts on edges
  2. Plunge router - this lets you drive the bit into the middle of a section for mortise holes.
  3. Shaping router - a more powerful router for doing advanced edging shapes
    There are a ton of plans that let you convert your hand held router into a table top/bench top version. What you’ll find if you do a lot of wood working that the change over process becomes a pain, you end up either buying a second router or a router table. A larger router table and bigger motor lets you create raised panel shapes.

I’m going to stop here. This is a quick over view, you can think about the tools that you want, and then start doing Google searches on the tools that you want (best battery powered jig saws) and go from there. The three magazines I listed above often have “best of guides” to look at.

Good luck, come back if you have more questions or to post a picture of something you made.


When I’ve started completing my home workshop, I’ve started from wood router and CNC router as well, for metal and other materials.

why are you asking this on the VEX forum tho… this dosen’t look like a vex question