The advent of woodworking power tools into both the woodworking hobby shop and professional cabinet shops has over the years changed the type of woodworking project we are able to handle.
From the very early beginnings of power tools in the woodworking shop in 1895 with C and E Fein’s electric drill press and then Duncan Black and Alonzo Decker who invented the electric drill as we know it today.
The famous Black and Decker design from 1916 based on the ‘pistol grip’ feature of the classic Colt 1911 45ACP brought us to where we are with a huge range of very sophisticated woodworking power tools from a variety of brands and manufacturers.
Most hobby woodworkers can now aspire to the even the finest of cabinet shop grade projects if they are prepared to learn the skills and invest money in the necessary woodworking power tools.
From the humble DIY’ers modern Black and Decker Cordless 20V drill to professional wood shop jointers, compound sliding miter saws and innovations like the Festool Domino Joiner there is no project that cannot be tackled with the commensurate patience and skill.
And of course the money to buy the more expensive woodworking power tools.
Which then brings us to the often asked question, what is the recommended woodworking power tools list? It’s a question asked not only for the beginner who may be setting out to plan a small woodworking shop to get started in the hobby or asked by a seasoned woodworking hobby warrior who’s never out of his shop!
Is there an ideal woodworking power tools list? The simple answer is no. There is not a ‘one flavor fits all’ list of woodworking power tools for your particular shop or needs
Let’s ask ourselves why one power tools list that has been put together to meet a specific need may to be good for you. The very first thing to take into consideration is your budget. And when thinking about a tools or workshop budget of any kind it’s also really important to think into the future and try and future proof your purchases.
There’s nothing worse than buying a DIY or home grade cordless drill for $45 only to find that you’ve decided to take on a complete home remodeling project 3 months down the line and the cheap drill doesn’t get the job done.
We can basically break down the woodworking power tools list into about 3 categories. DIY and home workshop use.
The serious weekend woodworker who has ‘graduated’ to bigger and more serious projects, and then the full time semi professional woodworker who has been learning the skills for a couple of decades at least.
So which one are you? If you’re a DIY’er with a list of jobs around the home your needs are entirely different to the woodworking hobbyist who is about to design and make a walnut liquor cabinet or a maple wood dresser with dovetail joint drawers.
As a DIY woodworker your woodworking power tools list will likely comprise of a good budget cordless drill, cordless circular saw, a detail or orbital sander and maybe a jigsaw. You could probably also look at that most versatile of tools the reciprocating Sawzall for those jobs around the house and yard that the jigsaw or circular saw won’t handle.
The fine woodworking hobbyist will have a woodworking power tools list that probably includes a benchtop planer, compound sliding miter saw, plunge router, an edge joiner and maybe a band saw or table saw.
Where ever you are in the woodworking hobby your woodworking power tools list will be different. Our advice is always to consider and plan your purchases carefully and buy the very best you can afford, and then add some by stretching a little so you future proof these woodworking power tools in your shop as your projects grow alongside your skills.