Top Five Must Have Garage Tools for Woodworking

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Top Five Must Have Garage Tools for Woodworking

If you are in the woodworking profession, there are some tools that are simply a must-have. Tools help make work easier and enhance the look of the final product. Before we discuss the must-have tools, let’s go over how you can organize the tools in the workshop.

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Top-Five-Must-Have-Garage-Tools-for-WoodworkingBegin with laying down all the tools you have, in one or two rows. This will make it easier for you to go over the tools you have, the tools you might need to replace or buy and give you a fairly good idea of how the tools should be organized.

If you find any unwanted items in this array, you can discard them. Besides unwanted tools, you can also discard broken, rusty and beyond repair tools.

If you have spare tools or duplicate tools, you can keep the one you use most frequently in an accessible place and the other with the rest of the duplicate tools.

It is very important to know how to organize tools in your workshop or garage. The next step is to select the place where you’d like to organize the tools. You can choose to mount them on a wall or in a tool chest if you have one. When organizing the tools, set them neatly by categories.

For instance, make a category for woodwork and one for metalwork. Or you can categories them by cutting tools and polishing tools.

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Once the tools have been organized, it would be a great idea to clean the space. A clean workshop will enhance the feel of the organized workshop. After the workshop has been organized and cleaned, do your best to maintain it that way. Avoid using the workshop as a place to store malfunctioning and old items.

Let’s take a look at the top five must-have tools for woodworking

Table Saw

One of the most useful tools for any woodworker is a table saw. A table saw helps you make crosscuts, box joints, do basic milling and cut parallel edges. Prior to investing in a table saw, ensure you check its voltage. Most table saws run on 120v (normal household current).

However, sometimes, you are likely to come across a contractor-type heavy-duty table saw that runs on 240v. Your workshop may or may not have the necessary wiring required to run this table saw. Therefore it is necessary to look this up prior to purchase.

A top quality table saw can range anywhere between, five hundred to twelve hundred dollars. But if you are looking to save money, you can invest in a table saw that has been already used.


All woodworkers will agree that one of the most important items in their tool arsenal is a jigsaw. Jigsaw helps a woodworker make a variety of cuts with maximum precision. It can be used to trim inside furniture or cabinets or make pocket cuts, circular cuts, etc.

Jigsaws are available in light duty to medium duty. The light-duty corded models are available in 3 amp or 4 amp. These are ideal if you are looking to cut softwood to a depth of 2¼ inches or hardwood to a depth of 1 inch. Medium duty models are available in 5 amps or more. These work best for cuts of deeper depths (3 inches) on hardwood or softwood.

Jigsaws are fairly inexpensive. For a light-duty corded model, the pricing begins at twenty dollars and above. And for a medium-duty pro model (also corded), the pricing begins at sixty dollars and above. If you are looking to opt for a cordless jigsaw, the light-duty ones are available at sixty dollars and upwards.

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Before purchasing, bear in mind that the cordless models are not powerful enough compared to corded models. Experienced woodworkers recommend that you are better off investing in both light duty as well as medium-duty models with a cord than in a cordless model of either.

Thickness Planer

If you are looking for used wood which has not yet been milled, you will require a thickness planer. When you are considering investing in a thickness planer, it would be ideal to select a twelve-inch planer. This will plane the rough cut wood to a thickness of six inches. Alternatively, you can opt for an eighteen-inch planer.

An eighteen-inch planer will plane the rough cut wood to a thickness of nine inches. In order to get optimal performance, out of the thickness plane, opt for one that has a minimum of one and a half or up to three horsepower motor.

The pricing of this tool is based on the type of its features. For instance, if the planer has an in-built collector for dust and debris or if it has a chip ejection fan that also doubles up as a debris collector. The price for portable thickness planer can range between one hundred and fifty to three hundred dollars.

The price for bench-top thickness planer can range between two hundred and fifty to twelve hundred dollars.


A router is undeniably a versatile tool. You can use it to cut wood and trim it, make curved contours, cut grooves or holes, cut patterns or even make decorative molding.

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You can choose between a plunge router and a fixed-based router. For beginners a plunge router is ideal. However, once you are more skilled, you can use both. Some brands offer a combination kit of both routers. The price ranges from ninety dollars to three hundred dollars.


Sanding is essential for woodworkers. To make sanding easier, it is advisable to use a powered sander. You can opt for either bench sander or orbital sander, based on the type of woodwork you are doing.

For small projects with minimal use, 3 to 4 amps sander should suffice. Even if it’s a premium brand, you’ll pay as less as thirty dollars. For bigger projects, it’s advisable to opt for heavy-duty models that offer higher amps. These range between one hundred to three hundred dollars.


Woodworking tools can be very sharp and must be used with utmost care. They can cause injury and prove to be hazardous if not used correctly. Some tools can tend to throw up small flakes of wood and other debris. Since you are in close proximity, this debris can easily get into your eyes, nose, and mouth.

It is important to protect yourself by wearing a face shield or goggles and a mask. Ensure to wear industrial gloves in order to avoid bruises and scrapes on the hands.

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