DIY and woodworking: the 5 essential tools

For months my passionate woodworking readers have been asking me to dedicate an article to the five most useful woodworking tools. Here it is finally. Good reading !

The different types of saw

Whether you are carpenters, professional cabinetmakers or amateurs like me, you agree that we cannot do without
the handsaw. It is the basic tool to have on hand for people who want to learn about woodworking. Easily recognizable thanks to its hand-shaped handle, this accessory is the cutting tool par excellence. And the use of this manual saw is not only reserved for wood, but also for other materials such as plaster for example.

So far, have you used to borrow your neighbor’s handsaw? Do yourself a favor and finally treat yourself to this tool. Plus, there’s no need to waste your time going to your neighborhood DIY store. Handsaws are now very easily found on the internet. And when validating your order, for ease of use, remember to check that the handle is ergonomic and non-slip.

For my online purchases, I go to the specialist in woodworking tools HM diffusion. It is in this shop that I found the model of circular saw so coveted for years. Indeed, reserved for more resourceful and experienced users, the electric saw must be handled by people with a little experience, to avoid accidents. But the great advantage of this tool is its adaptation to all types of wood. Raw, melamine, laminate, or even plywood… Nothing resists a circular saw.

Scissors, grater and bits

However, even if I am not a champion of the use of wood chisels, this tool is my favorite because of its multifunctionality. This is why this accessory is undoubtedly found in the toolbox of joiners, carpenters, cabinetmakers, luthiers and even sculptors. I use it mainly for shaping and finishing furniture that I make at home during my days off.

If this equipment is still missing from your inventory, you will need to acquire it. Wood chisels are sold there in batches. And also take the opportunity to order a wood rasp. The tool will be particularly useful for reaching parts that are difficult to access by machines. I took the round, flat, armchair, tapered and curved models at the same time to be sure to have a wide range of wood rasps on hand, for each of my needs. And do not forget to specify the bites. For information, the latter are classified by numbers according to the size and the stitching of their teeth.

Finally difficult to do without wood drill bits because drills are simply unusable without these bits. There are different types of drill bits for drilling wood: helical for deep holes, flat for blind holes and three-point for those who require precision.

As a reminder, you can also read my post on the ideal toolbox 😉

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