10 Most Useful Beginner Woodworking Tools 2021

| Last Updated: April 12, 2021

Most Useful Beginner Woodworking ToolsSo you are just starting with one of the most creative works in world, WOODWORKING! First of all, welcome to the world of creativity. I’m sure you are going to do pretty well. To begin in this wood arena anyone would need three important things.

Love for creating something new, passion to practice continuously despite failure and most importantly, tools.

Yes, you will need some beginner woodworking tools, to start your journey on this road. I’m sure you know about a few and today we’ll know about some more. Here are some of the most basic woodworking tools that are going to play a big part in your woodworking career.

A Tough Workbench Made of Wood!

If you want me to pick one very common woodworking tool that even the most ancient workers have used, it’s going to be a wooden workbench. It’s not necessary to buy one. You can make it yourself with good woods. It’s the tool that helps you to hold your pieces in place.

Especially when you are trying to saw or plan. There are clamps available to make sure the workpieces stay in place.

But as a beginner, you should not risk anything by going for DIYing the workbench. There are some really affordable models available that you can easily find online with exciting discounts. Go for the basic ones for now and later you can upgrade to a more standard version.

Just be sure the workbench is solid and pretty heavy to handle your hardcore woodworking chores. The most ideal type should have at least three inches of tough top with robust and supportive legs and a pair of solid vices also.

A Miter Saw with A Miter Box!

By miter saw, I mean a huge backsaw. This is a tool that helps to get perfect length cuts of wood at the very accurate angle you want it to. This is one tool that will literally save hours for you.

Especially for folks who spend a lot of time trying to square down the board end while making tool chests and boxes. There is a tough saw frame that helps the huge miter saw to slide easily.

You can easily control the angle of frame and alter to get flawless miter joints cuts. These are the joints that one uses for picture frames. These are very affordable and handy to use. A beginner can easily get adapted with these after a few uses.

Compass or Dividers (Four)

When you need a tool to measure workpieces repeatedly the compass or divider can come in handy. It’s a convenient tool that is used on wooden pieces for a long time.

Especially the expert workers will never use a tape measurement and prefer these. These are really suitable for fine joinery works. It helps you to correctly transfer arbitrary.  With each use, you’ll get rid of a degree of inaccuracy.

There are also other uses of dividers. These are really helpful for tasks like arcs scribing. Any woodworker, expert or novice must have at least four dividers to use them regularly. It’s the one tool that you need to get perfect measurement at a time.

For small size, I favor the three inches one and huger dividers should be ideally of six or nine inches in pair.

A Quality Circular Saw!

There is a huge debate on circular saw that it belongs to the carpentry family. But some will not agree and believe it as one of the most versatile elementary tools for woodworking. A circular saw can come in handy with the combination of clamp-on-lined-edge.

It provides a similar accuracy of the table saw. There are so many tasks that you can perform with a circular saw. For example, slicing sheet goods. This includes medium thick fiberboard and plywood pieces.

If you are a beginner with a limited budget then this should be your must-have power tool to get. It’s going to be the most used one.

A Powerful Drill!

I wanted to add a cordless drill. But that’s not something a beginner should start with. For the basic list, I prefer a power drill for woodworking. Simply because the corded version of drills are really flexible and powerful to perform so many drilling tasks easily.

Cordless is for sure compact with the support of taking it anywhere. But when the budget comes into play, corded drills are what you should think about.

While you go on a hunt for corded drills you should consider some basic points. Figure out what chuck you need between half-inch and 3/8 inch. Also, think about straight or hammer, keyed or keyless chuck and so on.

An Electric Jigsaw!

One tool that can help you with circular and curvy patterns is the jigsaw. It’s one of the most useful tools for literally every woodworker. I’m sure some will prefer a band saw in place to get the extra accuracy while cutting thick stocks.

But here I am talking to beginners. Jigsaw has handling and design meant for beginner friendly works. These are really versatile and effective for less experienced workers.

Jigsaw is also known as Sabre saw. You can go for a power jigsaw with cord and orbital action type. Make sure it feels nice in your hand. You should also consider a simple blade changing system within.

Common Orbital Slander!

A common orbital slander is another important tool that you should add in your beginner’s kit. This basic handheld power tool is one of the flexible tool suitable for beginners. You can also think about getting palm slanders that come with less price and works with plain sandpaper. These cut into one-fourth parts.

But the common orbital version uses a hook-loop way. So there is fastened sanding disk system and there’s no chance for sand patterns. It uses a common landing motion. So with the tool, you can eliminate any chances for random sanding marks.

Just be sure to get the perfect fit of grits for your model. Otherwise, you’ll have a problem with proper sanding.

Table Saw!

Once you are surely being well adaptable with the tools I mentioned above next get a table saw. Once you are comfortable with other tools, using table saw will become really easy. It’s one of the most major tools that I am recommending.

But be sure to get it only when you are doing well with the other ones above the list. You can say that a table saw is actually the heart of a woodworking workshop. This is literally the tool that organizes and uses other tools around.

You should take your time to figure out what feature you need in a table saw. Be sure to keep your budget affordable but not literally cheap.

Compound Miter Saw!

After table saw, it’s time for the next big thing in your kit. It’s the compound miter saw. It’s definitely not costly like the table saw. But for dealing with compound angles this tool is literally unmatchable. It gives you the flawless mitered, beveled combination slices.

Especially when you are dealing with an end piece of stocks. Once you are well adapted with a compound miter saw, the circular saw will spend more time doing nothing.  

Because most of the tasks will be well maintained with your compound miter saw. Make sure you buy them from a trustable seller. Some warranty should make your deal safe.

**You May Read: 10 Best Chainsaw Reviews


The very last tool that I want to include in this beginner woodworking tools list is a quality router. There are so many routers available but most of them will offer two bases. One is the stationary type while other, plunger router base.

As a beginner, you should go for a high-quality stationary base model. It’s a great pick to take care of so many tasks for you. You can easily mount it in your router table. Simply buy or build one.

You should go for a router that comes with minimum 2-HP. Also, make sure it comes with electric speed controls. Because when you deal with huge cutting bits slow speeds will work the best.

Chose a router with a gentle start system also. Lastly, check if the router models come with bit changes. It should let you use both quarter and half inches shank router bits.


That’s it, folks! These were ten of the most basic but essential woodworking tools that you should have in your beginner’s kit. Once you begin woodworking, literally there’s no turning back. It’s one of the most creatively fun things to do.

The final pieces you make will rest your heart with proud. So do your best with practicing and make sure you have all the right tools. Your workshop is the place where you create. Be sure it holds everything necessary. Good Luck on Your Next Big Project!