Getting Started in Woodworking

A woodworker's garage is his/her castle.

Ok, so you've dabbled a little in making or repairing 'stuff'… and now that you're getting a bit more serious, where do you work: the basement… garage… spare bedroom? How do you fit everything you need in the space you have? What do you need besides the hand-me-downs you've collected over the years?  Do you upgrade or is what you have sufficient to get you started?

All of the answers to these questions are based on your specific wants and needs. What is your current hobby or profession?

Are you a turner? Then you need a lathe and some turning tools…
Are you a carver? Then you need hand carving tools and a reciprocating carver…
Are you remodeling a house? Then you need a reciprocating saw, a circular saw, a multi-tool, drills & drivers, planes etc…
Are you upcycling flea market and garage sale finds? Then you need a sander, a pin nailer or stapler, painting/staining supplies etc…
Are you making cabinets, furniture, shop jigs, gifts or building decks… then the combination of tools needed takes time to acquire. 

The point is, just get started and you'll get what you need when you need it!

Watch & Learn About Woodworking Tools


Rough Cut - Woodworking with Tommy Mac host Tommy MacDonald talks about planes and shows some basics. 

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Tommy describes the Bandsaw in this brief video cast.

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Rough Cut with Tommy Mac Host Tommy MacDonald gives some pointers about planers. 

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Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac Most Tommy MacDonald shows you the basics of operating a jointer. 

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Make sharpening easy with this handy station that houses all your tools and supplies in a central location.

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This two-part planner includes a 1 square = 1 foot grid that lets you plan a shop measuring up to 25 × 40'.

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Make your space work smarter, better with these 12 items.

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