According to the experts at toolversed.com, carpentry is one of the most popular home crafts and is an accessible, affordable and highly rewarding past time for people of all levels of skill and experience. Carpenters need only assemble an inventory of a few basic power tools to go alongside their workbench and hand tools in order to complete most domestic do it yourself carpentry projects, and here we’ll take a run through of the ‘must haves’ that are essential to master. Remember that tool safety is especially important when handling power tools, so treat them with the respect they deserve and apply caution and common sense at all times.
1) Power Drill
The first acquisition and without doubt the most essential to home carpentry. It can be tempting to opt for a cordless drill, but corded actually deliver more power and consistency so it’s advisable to invest in a device capable of both. There’s a surprisingly wide variety of options to consider – such as chuck and drill size/mechanisms – and for a good all purpose drill it’s wise to aim towards the higher end of the market when considering which device to purchase. A good drill will last a lifetime – a poor drill will likely be inadequate for more complex and demanding projects.
2) Circular Saw
This will likely be the tool used most often yet conveniently it’s pretty difficult to go wrong when considering which model to opt for. Check out circular saw reviews and there’s plenty of affordable options out there, look especially for ease of switching blades, and if planning on cutting through especially thick or strong wood bare this in mind when making your choice, but for most domestic projects a middle of the road option will likely be perfectly suitable.
3) Jigsaw/Sabre Saw
Essential for cutting grooves and curved edges, you’ll likely need a jigsaw for anything beyond the most basic tasks. The principles are similar to those of the power drill; look for a tool that is corded (for power, consistency and reliability) and feels comfortable in the hand. Enthusiasts with money to spend will likely upgrade in time to a band-saw but for those starting out a good jigsaw is a must-have.
4) Random Orbital Sander
These can become expensive but the investment is worth it in the long run instead of opting for a cheaper palm sander as they offer a much superior finish and will likely last many years if use. Whichever model is decided upon remember that you will need a variety of ever finer sanding disks to achieve a perfect smooth finish without and sanding burns or edges.
5) Table Saw
Buying a table saw is a step-up in the world of home carpentry as they can be expensive yet are essential for any major projects. The good news is that once acquired, installed and mastered the table saw will be the focus of your home workshop that will be used in every project undertaken. They come in all shapes and sizes with various multiples of features and components – if possible draw up a project ‘wish list’ for the future and invest in a table saw that will facilitate in all of these tasks.
As mentioned they can become very expensive for the highly specialized models, and there’s no sense in buying a top of the range table saw with components that are never likely to be used let alone understood. Take advice or even ideally a few workshop lessons/refreshers to understand your ‘level’ and take it from there.