Woodworking can be a great hobby. However, most beginner woodworkers fear that it can be expensive to get started. You likely already own measuring tapes, hammers, and nails, but what about power tools?

Working on virtually any woodworking project will be more difficult, and perhaps impossible, if you don’t have the right tools for the job. However, you don’t have to break the bank to purchase the power tools you need. You also don’t need to buy every tool on the market that’s advertised for woodworkers.

Here are the key woodworking power tools you’ll need to get started.

1. Circular Saw

The circular saw is a versatile power tool, and it’s typically used to cut lumber to size, cut plywood to size, cut fiberboard, and make cutouts through plunge cutting. This basic handheld tool is just as accurate as the table saw but more portable. So if you don’t have the space or the budget for a table saw, a circular saw is a great alternative. You’ll find yourself using it quite often in your woodworking projects.

2. Power Drill

A power drill is a basic woodworking tool all beginners will want to purchase. Cordless power drills are portable, while corded drills are more powerful—the choice is yours. You’ll need a drill to be able to drive and remove screws in wood as well as drill holes.

3. Jigsaw

Regular saws cut straight lines, but sometimes, you need to be able to cut curves. If you were an expert woodworker, you’d probably want a band saw for this task, but as the beginner, a jigsaw is all you’ll need to cut circular and curved patterns in wood. If you’re looking to craft and design wood with style, this is a must-have power tool.

4. Random Orbital Sander

Once your woodworking project is almost complete, you won’t want it to look rough around the edges. Instead, you’ll want to be able to smoothen out the wood and apply some finishing touches. For this task, you’ll want a random orbital sander, which uses sanding disks. Put simply, this tool will make your projects look better and more complete. Though it’s more expensive, we suggest the random orbital sander because the random sanding motion prevents sanding marks compared to traditional palm sanders.

5. Table Saw

Though you’re not going to need this right away, we’re sure the first big woodworking purchase you’re going to eventually make is the table saw. You’ll need to space for this tool, however, since it isn’t as portable as the other hand tools mentioned on this list. Table saws can rip boards to width, cut flat surfaces, saw grooves and dadoes, crosscut panels and boards, as well as saw mitered joints.

The benefits of using a table saw as opposed to a circular saw are greater accuracy and efficiency when cutting different sizes of wood. These benefits come from the table saw’s stability. Because this is going to be a bigger purchase, you’re going to want to consider which features you really need, read reviews, and compare different table saws before committing to any one brand or type.

6. Wood Router

A wood router is an invaluable and versatile power tool in your woodworking arsenal because it can enable you to do decorative joinery, cut rabbets, dadoes, and grooves, create profile molding, create raised-panel doors, and shape edges. It can also trim wood flat, drill clean holes, shape wood in different forms, cut inlays, and more.

7. Lathe

The last power tool on your list is the lathe, which is a must-have tool if you’re looking to make more decorative pieces. The lathe enables you to spin pieces of wood, so you can shape them with a chisel. It’s a great purchase if you want to create table legs, spindles, platters, or bowls, for example.

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