Starting a new hobby can be expensive, however with our buying guides, Paul advises you on buying the right tools for your beginners toolbox to help you get started in woodworking.
To make the 3 main joints, you will need:
- Chisels– 1″ and 1/2″(Approximately £15 for 2)
- Chisel Hammer (£16)
- Combination Square (£10)
- Tenon or Dovetail saw (£20)
- Woodworkers Knife (£8)
- Combination Gauge (£10)
- Sliding bevel (£15) or you can use a protractor
By building up your tool collection this way, you should be able to make use of each tool and build skill as well as confidence. Some tools rarely get used, especially in beginner projects, so it may be that you leave these until last, or find alternative projects to make that don’t include those tools. An example of this would be the plough plane.
Other more expensive tools are not considered essential, however they can be useful. The router plane is a great tool to have, but can be replaced by accurate use of the chisel.
The dovetail template is a handy piece of equipment to have which not only saves you time, but also space as it removes the need for a sliding bevel (once made). Once you get started, you will find areas in which you may need to expand your collection, for example you may want some different chisel sizes or different saws, but to begin with you can learn a lot, even with a limited set of hand tools.
Have you got a starter tool kit? Let us know which tools you consider essential in the blog comments!