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My Must-Have List of Tools for Woodworking

I’m grateful to have a well stocked shop these days with some of the best woodworking tools out there. It hasn’t always been that way.

The first workshop I had was in a cold, damp basement in upstate New York. I had had very few tools and the ones I had were mostly hand-me-down odds and ends and my trusty circular saw.

Over time and working hard I’ve been able to replace and upgrade the old tools I started with. Listed below are the the favorite tools I use on a regular basis, which make my work better, faster and easier to do.

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Safety First:

GRR-RIPPER 3D Pushblock

GRR-RIP BLOCK Smart Hook Pushblock for Router Table, Jointer, and Band Saws

3M(TM) Half Facepiece Respirator Assembly


Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose First Aid Kit, Portable Compact First Aid Set for Minor Cuts, Scrapes, Sprains & Burns, Ideal for Home, Car, Travel and Outdoor Emergencies, 140 pieces

Scraper Tools:

Bahco 665 Premium Ergonomic Carbide Scraper, 2-1/2″

Bahco Heavy Duty 2-Inch Replacement Scraper Blade #442

Dust Collection:

70 Gallon 2 HP Heavy Duty High Flow High Capacity Dust Collector from harbor freight

Saws (Power and Hand):

Grizzly G0555 Band saw

DEWALT 10-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw, Double Bevel (DW717)

Kreg ACS2000 Adaptive Cutting System Saw + Guide Track Kit

RIDGID 15 Amp Corded 10 in. Heavy-Duty Portable Table Saw with Stand

RIDGID 15 Amp 7-1/4 in. Circular Saw

DEWALT DW317 Variable-Speed Orbital Jigsaw

Vaughan BS250D Double Edged Bear Saw Handsaw

Milling tools:

RIDGID 13 in. Thickness Corded Planer

Grizzly Industrial G0858-8″ x 76″ Parallelogram Jointer with Helical Cutterhead & Mobile Base


SuperMax 19-38 Drum Sander

DEWALT DWE6411K 1/4 Sheet Palm Grip Sander Kit

Bosch ROS10 120 Volt Random Orbit Sander

RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander

Milling tools:

RIDGID 13 in. Thickness Corded Planer

Grizzly Industrial G0858-8″ x 76″ Parallelogram Jointer with Helical Cutterhead & Mobile Base

Panel Assembly tools:

Festool 574422 DF 700 XL EQ Plus Domino Joiner

Seneca Domino XL with our Small Mortise Kit for Festool

DEWALT DW682K 6.5 Amp Plate Biscuit Joiner

Kreg K4MS Jig Master System


DEWALT DCN660B 20V 16 Gauge 20° Finish Nailer

RIDGID 18-Volt Cordless Brushless HYPERDRIVE 18-Gauge 2-1/8 in. Brad Nailer (Tool-Only) Belt Clip, Bag, and Sample Nails

Routers and Accessories:

PORTER-CABLE 690LR 11-Amp Fixed-Base Router and plunge base

Bosch 1617EVS Fixed-Base Router – 12 Amp Corded Electronic 2.25 Horse Power Variable Speed Router with 1/4-Inch and 1/2-Inch Collets

DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router Combo Kit with LED’s with DNP615 Compact Router Dust Collection Adapter for Fixed Base Routers

PORTER-CABLE 4216 Super Jig – Dovetail jig (4215 With Mini Template Kit)

Drill Drivers and Impacts:

RIDGID X4 18-Volt Hyper Lithium-Ion Cordless Hammer Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit

RIDGID 12-Volt Lithium-Ion 3/8 in. Cordless 2-Speed Drill Kit

RIDGID 12-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/4 in. Cordless Palm Impact Screwdriver Kit


HomeRight C800971.A Super Finish Max Extra Power Painter, Home Sprayer HVLP Spray Gun for Painting Projects, Blue


Bessey PC12-2 1/2″ Pipe Clamp with 2 1/8″ Throat Depth, Red

Bessey VAS-23+2K Vario Angle Strap Clamp

Bessey K Body REVO JR. Parallel Clamp, 24″ Single

Bessey K Body REVO JR. Parallel Clamp, 36″ Pair

Bessey EZS 65-8 24-Inch One Hand Clamp and Spreader by Bessey

Measuring Devices:

Kreg KMA2900 Multi-Mark Multi-Purpose Marking and Measuring Tool