Basic Set of Tools for the Woodworking Beginner

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Basic Tool Set for the Beginning Woodworker

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What should be your Top 10 tools to buy for Woodworking?

New students getting into woodworking often ask me, “What tools should I buy first?” So here are my top ten tool picks.


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  • Airborne
    February 27, 2016

    Just a question but are you rly a templar?

  • diamondflaw
    February 27, 2016

    A decent hammer (or hammer and a mallet) would be good too. I love me a smooth face 20oz framer for way more jobs than it should be used on… but hey, everything looks like a nail to me.

  • BigFatRillos
    February 27, 2016

    I'd throw a block plane in that list.

  • ‫فيبر كلاس سالار العراق اربيل‬‎
    February 27, 2016


  • henk damiaans
    February 27, 2016

    I just started getting into working with wood but this has been very helpfull

  • Wayne Timbers
    February 27, 2016

    Thank you for the very informative video! For those of us who can't afford Festool, which brands would you recommend for a router? Cheers!

  • Kristi J. McDonald
    February 27, 2016

    Video too good, it makes me very excited, wants to act, to do everything !!!

    February 27, 2016

    Cool Abstergo Shirt! Thumbs up for assassin's creed

  • UncleB-rad
    February 27, 2016

    i've always liked wood working. who hasn't built mom a bird house? I have a $1400 budget. any thoughts on bang for buck, lathe, table saw etc…? any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • AdrianM
    February 27, 2016

    So many things are forgotten here, one being clamps. The rest being clamps clamps clamps and clamps.

  • Aaron Gibbons
    February 27, 2016

    Have you used the festool random orbit sander 5" model ets 125eq? would you recommend it? I need a sander upgrade and I want to know if its worth spending for. Thanks! Keep up the great work!

  • Gordon Clark
    February 27, 2016

    Well, I have those tools and I have moved onto the bandsaw, table saw and router table. I even invested in a dust collector.  NOW, If only my ability matched the quality of my tools!

  • leylajack
    February 27, 2016

    Paul Sellers is a real woodworker.hardly uses power tools.master craftsman

  • William Carpenter
    February 27, 2016

    Very informative, well-articulated presentations. Thanks! I'm excited to get to work.

  • Kieron Green
    February 27, 2016

    What brand is your jigsaw

  • Cesar Moreno
    February 27, 2016

    Yo, I'm a rookie woodworker and I have zero tools at my house. I've used several tools like table Saws and bandsaws in my school's woodshop. (Yes, I'm still in high school)
    I made a stave drum, and I would like to make other larger and smaller drums. Ideally I would use a table saw, but will a circular saw with a good fence do? For making long bevel cuts. (Ideally they wouldn’t need touch ups after the cut before the glue up)
    I also want to make cutting boards. Will a circular saw do the trick for both of these tasks?
    Please help
    Thanks for reading this essay.

  • Perry Browne
    February 27, 2016

    how much should i be willing to spend?

  • ApacheRosePea00
    February 27, 2016

    Informative video. Sadly, the shirt has me on the figurative 'fence' if you will. Whatever shall I play with…tools or video games?

  • Bruno Villeneuve
    February 28, 2016

    Glad I found your channel. Very good tips and makes me want to start some woodworking for fun and especially learn :)

  • Wolf Lahti
    February 28, 2016

    Chisels and planes aren't very useful without some sharpening stones.
    Also missing: something to cut curves, such as a coping saw, jigsaw, or band saw.

  • Mario Monti
    February 28, 2016

    Only one more tool for each project?
    Ooops, I blew that.
    A new project is my chance to buy more tools to make the job easier. Ha!

  • BrianBell4073
    February 28, 2016

    I like Safety Dan. I can't work out if Chad is trying to be funny and failing or just being patronising. 65 hand planes? really? I have one electric plane. I can adjust it down to 0.25 mm per pass, or up to 3 mm. Keep a good supply of new blades and clear some space in your workshop. One basic requirement you missed is a Makita Radio. Maybe you guys can't get them over there though ;-)

  • tom h (Dr. Death)
    February 28, 2016

    Lol, I like how some of the people are downright PO'ed about this list.  I thought it was kind of funny.  Couple of them are realistic.  Most you might find in a little kids "My First Tool Set" lol.  I used to sharpen my bevel and throw it at a photo of Gorbachev on my wall.  (Did I just date myself???).   If you have 65 planers, that is just a cry for help son.  Maybe Safety Dan should give you some counseling with his top 12 errr 11 tools.I guess if I had to choose some top tools for woodworking, it would be a Tablesaw, Sliding compound Miter saw, Bandsaw, cordless drill, Planer, jointer, Bacardi, Tape measure, Safety glasses, 5" orbital sander, router, belt sander.  With those and the accessories that go with them, you can build damn near anything.  Maybe a radio to pop in that cassette of Weird Al Yankovic's Greatest hits, Volume 1 & 2.

  • Simon Wilkinson
    February 28, 2016

    The most ridiculous top 10 of beginner tools ever sorry.

  • wahinenuiloa
    February 28, 2016

    Glad i found this video. Great information and funny!

  • Bobby H
    February 28, 2016

    Haha. What a cheese ball. I love it. Great video.

  • Abdu ElRhoul
    February 28, 2016

    Great Video. Thank you for sharing :)

  • henk damiaans
    February 28, 2016

    very funny and helpful

  • James Hatfield
    February 28, 2016

    My suggestion is to actually have sound on this.

  • Hapthor Frost
    February 28, 2016

    You guys make a cute couple

  • Derek Hassell
    February 28, 2016

    Great video Chad! Very helpful.

  • JackassBauer1
    February 28, 2016

    They really did a great job capturing the spirit of the 90s…

  • FeatherCl
    February 28, 2016

    too fun, guys <G>

  • Black Dog
    February 28, 2016

    A chimney drinking nasty mexican beer, 1 minute was enough for me.

  • Chad Stanton
    February 28, 2016

    It was suggest to me to never lay a hand plane face down. That is true. However i found a hand plane turned on it's side on a work bench and be dangerous. It leaves the opportunity to cut yourself if the blade is facing you. Or for the blade to be nicked by other tools bumping into it. On a wooden bench, i leave the blade down. Any other surface, such as a driveway (when i work on a job site) I turn the blade to the side.

  • Golo1949
    February 28, 2016

    You should never put a hand plane down on its face! get into the habit of laying it down on its side!

  • Moving Mind
    February 28, 2016

    had me at "…hazardous to your health"

  • Jimmy Crawford
    February 28, 2016

    at 2.43  are those spoke shave be cause i love spoke shaves

  • Sunshine Aquaponics
    February 28, 2016

    enjoyed the video, and found very useful thank you. looking for a 12 pack i can afford without going into debt now