Beginner's Tool Kit

Back in December of 2012, I made a few posts about what tools I think someone who wants to start woodworking with hand tools should buy first.  Since then, I have been trying to focus generally using these tools, and find that this list is even better than I thought it was when I wrote it.
Here is a fun puzzle I made with the tools in my Beginner's Tool Kit.
Yes, I often will pull out other tools to use when I think I need them, but my woodworking choices now go along the lines of, "can I do this procedure with one of my basic tools?"  If I can, I use that tool first.  I have found that most often, I need not pull out any other.

If you would like to read any or all of these posts, here are the links:

  1. Introduction
  2. Sharpening
  3. Jack plane
  4. Handsaws
  5. Chisels
  6. Marking and measuring
  7. Conclusion
I have found that when I use the limited number of tools in this kit, there is a pleasant side effect:  now I really know these tools, and I can get more out of them than I ever could before.  I touch on this on a post where I revisit the jack plane I use:  my Veritas bevel up jack plane.  

Essentially, this list of tools is for you if you are planning on buying a $400 shoulder plane as your first hand tool.  The tools on this list are necessary for performing fundamental skills in woodworking.  That is what you really need.


  1. Thanks for putting up all the related articles into a single page for easy reference. This is a good read, especially for beginners who wants to start with woodworking but never knew where to start!