1. Pocket Hole System
Most of my plans use pocket hole joinery, as it is a quick and strong method to join two pieces of wood together. The following pocket hole jigs are durable, quick to adjust and very easy to use, starting with the Mini jig up to the Foreman, you can select the product that best suits your needs and budget. I personally consider the K5 offers the best cost benefit ratio.
- Fully automated system self-adjusts your drill guide setting and drill bit collar based off of the thickness of the piece you’re clamping (see video for demonstration)
- No more manual setting, measuring, or adjusting
- The Auto-Adjust clamp allows you to clamp varying thicknesses without readjusting.
Kreg Mini Kreg Jig Kit – 19.95 $
- Requires clamp
- For very small projects only
Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System – 39.95 $
- Requires clamp
- For small projects
- Built-in clamp
- For medium projects
Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig – 120.5 $
- Built-in clamp
- For medium and large projects
- The pocket hole jig I have myself and I recommend for an average DIY-er
Kreg Foreman Pocket-Hole Machine, Blue – 391.99 $
- Built-in clamp
- For extra-large projects with lots of pocket holes
Beside the jig you will need screws for joining wooden components together. When joining 1 by x slats together you will have to use 1 1/4″ screws. When joining 2 by x lumber you have to use 2 1/2″ screws. Have this in mind and you will join wood easily and you will create strong frames.
- For joining wood planks of various thicknesses
- For joining 3/4″ thick wood planks
- For joining 1 1/2″ thick wood planks
- Ensures perfectly flush joint lines
- Holds projects in place
- The Multi-Mark features three different scale configurations, a built-in level, a handy 3/16″ reveal gauge
- Perfect for general layout
2. Basic Tools
Accuracy is a key aspect when building projects, as well as safety. Therefore, I recommend you to get yourself a good ruler, pencils as well as ear protection and safety glasses. Even if you are not serious about woodworking, any homeowner should have a kit with the basic hand tools, for small repairs.
- Making marks with a pencil will help you get accurate cuts
- Ideal for checking corners for squareness
- Can be used to mark lines and to make straight cuts with a saw
- You know how they say: Measure twice and cut once
- This is one of the most versatile tools
- Ideal for cutting all types of materials
- Ideal tool kit for an average woodworker
- Contains pretty much all the hand tools you need to build projects
- Clamps are needed when joining components together
- You need clamps of different sizes for most projects
- 34dB – Highest NRR (Noise Reduction Rating)
- Adjustable to Fit All Sizes
- Use safety glasses when cutting the wooden boards
- A wide variety of general purpose accessories
- 91 piece drilling and driving Set
- Jaws resist warping and can be angled to accommodate uniquely-shaped materials
- Non-skid feet prevent sliding
- High-carbon steel is durable for long life where high accuracy and tolerance is not critical, especially important with hand use.
- Backed by the IRWIN lifetime guarantee. Made in the USA from global components.
- Durable right angle aluminum clamp for making cabinets or box-frames
- 3-inch clamp face with V-groove design to hold round materials
- Commercial grade
- Limited lifetime warranty
3. Tools for Woodworking I use and recommend
Now that we have cleared the easiest way to make strong joints, I will show you the other tools you need to have in your shop for building my projects. If you have these tools in your shop, you will be able to build almost anything. As you can see you don’t need expensive tools or investing thousands of dollars in your hobby. With under 500 dollars you will be able to have the basic tools and be ready for any woodworking challenge.
Drill & Nail gun
You need a good drill to make pilot holes and an impact driver for inserting the screws accurately and without damaging the wood. These tools are a must have, as they save you time and they help you joint wood properly.
If you will build larger structures, such as sheds or tiny houses, you should consider buying a nail gun. In addition, the finish nailer is ideal for inserting brad nails, when installing trims. If you buy the nail guns you also need the compressor.
- Compact, lightweight design fits into tight areas
- High performance motor
- For drilling pilot holes and inserting screws
- You need a drill for almost any woodworking project
- For driving in brad nails
- For finishing nails (trims, decorative elements)
- For the nail guns
- Includes a 1/2-inch keyed chuck and onboard key storage
- Operates at 5 different speeds: 740, 1100, 1530, 2100, 3140 RPM
You also need to adjust the size of the boards to suit you needs when building woodworking projects. There are several types of saw you can buy and each one excels in some areas. The miter saw is the most versatile, as it makes regular cuts, as well as angle cuts.
A circular saw will help you have more mobility when making the straight cuts, while a jigsaw is ideal for making curved cuts. If you are serious about woodworking, then a table saw will give you the most freedom and help you cut saw in all directions. For example you could dimensions 2x4s to 1x4s and so on. The table saw is also ideal for cutting large sheets of plywood and for making dados.
If you are a beginner and you have to buy just one saw, I would personally go for the miter saw.
- For cutting accurately wood planks or for making miter cuts
- A must have tool for any DIY-er, as it saves you time
- For beginner DIY-ers
- Exclusive Back Fence Design cuts up to 2×16 dimensional lumber at 90° and 2×12 at 45°
- Super efficient dust collection system captures over 75% of dust generated.
- Dewalt’s 3 year limited warranty
- For heavy duty DIY-ers
- Battery not included
- For making long straight cuts
- For making curved cuts or for cutting out holes
- For complex cuts (dados)
- For small cutting plywood sheets
- It’s a portable table saw
- If you are serious about woodworking, this table saw will help you make accurate cuts
- Accurate fence system
Sander & Router
You will also need a sander to even out surfaces and to smooth the edges. The router will help you make rabbets and mortises, as well as rounding the edges. The benchtop planer mills rough stock lumber to size in a matter of seconds (it basically speeds up the sanding part). Once again, if you have to buy just one tool go for the sander.
- For smoothing wooden edges
- For evening out a surface
- Belt tilts anywhere from 0 to 90 degrees
- 4.3 Amp motor provides up to 3600 RPM
- Includes 6 sanding sleeve sizes for a variety of curvatures: 1/2 in., 3/4, in., 1 in., 1-1/2 in., 2 in., 3 in.
- Attach the dust collector of your choice to the onboard dust port to minimize clean-up
- For making rabbets and mortises
- For rounding edges
- Includes mounting hardware for a variety of routers
- Easy to use and durable materials
- Mills rough stock lumber to size in a matter of seconds
- Ideal if you use recycled or pallet wood for your projects
- Max cutting depth: 0.55″, Cutting Angle: 0 – 45 degree
- Biscuit Spec: #0, #10, #20
- Delivers best-in-class blade grip providing more torque transfer
- Extreme power – driven by a 5.5 amp motor with reinforced metal gearing
There are other tools you should have in your shop, if you will build project regularly. Therefore, a great investment will be to buy a dust collector. Inhaling dust has bad effects on your health on the long run, so if you afford a collector you shouldn’t have second thoughts.
- Dust Collector
- Health should be you priority, so buying a dust collector is a wise investment
4. Concrete tools
If you want to experiment with concrete projects or you just need to pour footings, these tools would help you. The concrete mixer saves you from a lot of work and is ideal for pouring slats, footings and even countertops. The polisher helps you bring the natural beauty of concrete to surface.
- A solid concrete mixer for small projects
- For polishing concrete, such as countertops or other surfaces
- Works great for Granite, Concrete, Marble, Terrazzo, Travertine, artificial stone, Tile, Glass, and natual stone polishing
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