If you’re interested in diving into woodworking but have no idea where to begin, this is the post for you! These 8 essential woodworking tools for beginners will get you set up with everything you need for your first build!
I talk to a lot of people who tell me that they would love to begin tackling DIY projects in their home, but they just don’t know where to start. I have friends who have tried to tackle large-scale projects without a simple tool like a nail gun, and I know people who have had to hire out extremely simple projects in their home simply because they didn’t have the tools they needed.
I get it – it can be overwhelming to dive into the vast world of woodworking if you’ve never done it before, but I promise it doesn’t need to be intimidating. If you’re just getting started with woodworking and are wondering which power tools to buy first, I’ve got you covered. Here’s my list of essential power tools for beginners – with these tools, you’ll be set up and ready to take on just about any project you can think of!
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Before I dive in, I’ll let you know that Corey and I generally recommend that beginners start off with Ryobi brand tools. We love that they are all battery operated and the battery is universal (meaning you can use the same battery for both your circular saw and your nail gun). So, most of the links below will be to our favorite Ryobi brand power tools – they’re perfect for beginners and experts alike!
Note: Many of the linked tools don’t come with a battery – you’ll need to purchase it separately and can grab a battery and charger pack right here. Start with just a couple, and over time you can build up to having more batteries!
8 MUST-HAVE WOODWORKING TOOLS FOR BEGINNERS
This tool will essentially replace your screwdriver (of course, you’ll still want to pull it out for some small tasks, but this makes most jobs way easier). A power drill + driver is what you use to drill holes in your walls, screw things in, and it’ll be the first thing you reach for when you’re building your first piece of furniture and need to attach some wood together. This is an absolutely essential power tool for anyone who wants to work on DIY projects in the home, and it’s the first tool I’d recommend getting! Don’t forget to grab a drill bit set, too!
A miter saw (also known as a chop saw) is the fastest and easiest way to cut wood boards down. It can cut straight or angled boards and is the tool you’ll need if you want to take on a simple building project that uses 2×4’s or any other standard pieces of lumber. I used mine to create my DIY wood wall art in the living room, and it’s also the tool we use when we’re installing baseboards or other trim. I wrote a post all about how to use a miter saw a while back, so if you want a quick primer on what it is and how it works, go check that out!
entry closet organization and to cut down the countertops when we were replacing our bathroom counter. It’s great when you need to cut something that isn’t easy to move or pick up – and I also created a post and video all about how to use a circular saw, so be sure to read it before you grab one.
installing a plank wall or adding shiplap to a room. It’s also the tool to use when you’re installing baseboards or trim. It won’t replace your hammer completely (if you’re just hanging a picture on a wall with a single nail, you don’t usually need to bust out the power tools!) but it’s an important tool to have in your arsenal.
I also have a really detailed post on how to use a nail gun!
DIY backyard blocks (perfect for giant Jenga), painting furniture, and painting kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time then you’ll know that I’m obsessed with my paint sprayer. I use it for just about everything, and it makes painting tasks so much less annoying! A paint sprayer is perfect for if you’re painting a piece of furniture, an old Craigslist find, or just about anything in your home that needs a fresh coat of paint. A few quick projects we used ours on? Painting our bathroom cabinets, the exterior of our house, and literally every time I paint furniture.
make a sign for the outside of our workshop in the old house! This is another tool that I’ve already made a post and video for, so if you want to learn how to use a jigsaw, just check out that post.
framed out our builder-grade bathroom mirror. This tool is great for slightly more advanced projects, and I’d recommend saving this purchase until after you’ve already bought everything else on this list!
I hope this list is helpful if you’re wanting to get started on some woodworking on your own and are looking for a list of essential woodworking tools for beginners! I’ve had so much fun over the last year or so learning how to use all of the different power tools we’ve already got, and I highly encourage you to try it out if you haven’t yet!