Today I want to talk about some of the basic tools of woodworking, some of these tools you will have some you will want and some are necessary for successful projects.
Lets focus on small and medium sized projects:
If you are working on smaller projects you may not need a table saw or other “advanced” tools to complete the project. Take for example the Coffee Table featured here:
I completed this table using only a Compound Miter Saw, a biscuit jointer, a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, Clamps and a Random Orbital Sander sometimes referred to as a ROS. In this scenario the the biscuit jointer is not necessary however it does make life a lot easier. The one thing to note on this table is you want to get very straight boards. If you get boards that are bowed or cupped meaning that there is a bend in the board and it looks like it arcs or has the beginnings of a U shape you will not get a clean joints. There are ways to fix those issues in the wood but those required additional skills and tools which I will not get into at this time. To build this table with the tools mentioned earlier you would use the Miter saw to cut your 2x4’s to length. The biscuit jointer will allow you easily join the boards together, the pocket hole jig will allow you to attach the top to the base with ease and the sander is there, well to sand and prepare the wood for the stain or paint that you will be using.