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Hand Tools for DIY Woodworking | Shop Supplies

Updated on December 19, 2015
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DIY Woodworking Requires Tools and Woodworking Supplies

So many people attest that DIY woodworking is a wonderfully satisfying hobby and creative outlet. Not only does it allow you to create beautifully artistic items, but it gives you the satisfaction of knowing you have created something original for your home. On the other hand, If you're thinking of using this skill as a means of repair and maintenance, then you have the pleasure of knowing that you have saved a bundle in replacement costs or of costs associated with hiring a contractor .

The home handyman or handywoman will need a shop that is stocked with woodworking supplies and woodwork tools. In the beginning, a corner of the basement or garage will do nicely. You can start with a small selection of hand tools and add to them as time goes on.

Get some woodwork projects in mind, locate some patterns for wood and you are all set.

Hand Tools for Woodwork

When collecting your stash of tools and supplies for diy woodworking, the first items are likely to be a good supply of hand tools. There are many available, and its sometimes difficult to know which ones you will get the most use out of and which ones you can do without. Start with the basics and add the frills later.

Block Plane

A block plane is a useful woodwork tool. It allows you to shave away a thin layer of wood with each stroke when you glide it over a flat surface. This implement is a simple, solid metallic block with a blade centered in the flat underside. As you apply it, the wood shavings eject out of the top, in a similar fashion to a pencil sharpener. Some woodworkers own two of these items. The larger one remains in the shop and the smaller one goes in the toolkit where it can be transported to project sites.


These tools are among the most versatile of any woodwork hand tool. Chisels are used to carve woods into desired shapes. You can also use them to create joints, carve grooves and to finish off your woodwork projects. Although chisels are bulky and take up space, it's a good idea to invest in a complete set for your shop. If you will be working at projects in locations other than the shop, you will need a small set of four to carry in your toolkit. A standard set of bevel edge chisels will serve the purpose well.


Screwdrivers are an obvious addition to your woodworking supplies. Start with a couple of Philips head and flat-head screwdrivers.

Stanley Knife

The Stanley Knife is a brand name for a utility knife. The Stanley brand has been around for so long that people now refer to any type of utility knife as a Stanley knife. When choosing your utility knife, its best to avoid the ones with retractable blades and go with the kind that have the blade affixed with a screw.


A selection of good saws are an important addition to the workshop. Woodworkers recommend getting a regular hacksaw rather than a junior one, and also to get a coping saw. With a coping saw, its easy to cut intricate shapes.

If you work on larger woodworking projects frequently, then you might do well to invest in a powered saw.

Video: Woodworking Hand Tools Explained

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      6 years ago

      I don't have any tips, but I like yours.

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      June Campbell 

      8 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you for stopping by

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      8 years ago

      Don't have any woodwork tips, but thanks for the ones you offer.


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