This is a complete guide on what materials are mostly used for woodworking. Starting with the joining ties up to structural screws, this list covers everything.  I bought or used these materials, so I only recommend based on my experience. This list covers pretty much all the materials you need to have when building DIY projects.


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  2. Recommended Tools


Recommended Materials for Woodworking

When joining wooden boards together add glue, so you enhance the rigidity of the structure. In some cases, adding glue is enough to create a strong joint, so you don’t need to insert screws or brad nails. In addition, for a professional finish, you need to prepare the surface thoroughly and to apply the right paint or stain. Cover the surface with a few coats of lacquer or polyurethane to seal the finish.


1. Hardware


Laredo Sunset Lite 6×6 Post Base

  • 1 Post Base Plate; 4 Decorative Plates; 8 Hex Cap Nuts; 8 each of 1/4-inch by 2-3/4-inch OWT Timber Screws
  • Bases are made of galvanized steel, then black powder coated with an attractive finish



Simpson Strong Tie PBS66 12-Gauge 6-inch by 6-inch Standoff Post Base

  • The product is highly durable and handle




Deck Post Anchor Base

  • These square anchor bases and screws made of quality 304-stainless steel;
  • Package includes 1 pcs post square bases and 12 pcs screws (All the screws for wood base)



Laredo Sunset 6-inch Post to Beam Connector

  • Kit Includes: 2 Post Ledge Bases; 2 Top Cover Plates; 8 Hex Cap Nuts; (4) 2-3/4-inch OWT Timber Screws; (4) 3-3/4-inch OWT Timber Screws



Post to beam connector


Simpson Strong Tie

  • The bc series offers dual purpose post cap/base for light cap or base connections




A66 Strong tie L-shaped

  • 5-7/8-inch by 5-7/8-inch by 1-1/2-inch



Simpson Strong Tie 128T T Strap

  • The product is highly durable and handle



Simpson Strong Tie 12-Inch by 12-Inch

  • The product is easy to use
  • The product is highly durable and handle




Simpson Structural Screws No.9 by 1-1/2-Inch

  • Item Dimensions: 2.0″L x 4.0″W x 4.0″H
  • Made in USA



Simpson Structural Screws No.10 by 2-1/2-Inch

  • This is easy to use
  • This is highly durable


Simpson Strong Tie 18-Gauge Hurricane

  • Designed to provide a connection between trusses/rafters and the top plate of the wall to resist high-wind/seismic forces
  • Also suitable for connecting 2X deck joists on top of a perpendicular beam





Shed Door Hardware Kit #1, T Hinges 5″, T-Handle, New Heavy Duty Barrel Bolts

  • Every Thing for a Double Shed Door
  • Black Powder Coated Finsh on Handle and Hinges



Barn-Shed-Play Heavy Duty 700 Lb Porch Swing Hanging Chain Kit

  • Complete rust resistant zinc plated porch swing hanging chain kit. Consists of two deluxe ceiling hooks and two “Y” type assemblies.
    • 700 Lb weight capacity. Color: Silver.



Heavy Duty Metal Color Swing Hangers

  • Wide range of applications, could be used for swings, yoga belts, boxing sandbags, cradle beds,





4 Pack Glider Bracket Hardware

  • Hardware Hole Center Distance 7-1/2″



2. Glue



Titebond II Premium Wood Glue, 16 oz.

  • Everyone need glue when joining wood together
  • Ideal for exterior application


Wood Glue


Franklin International 1414 Titebond-3 Ultimate Wood Glue, 16-Ounce

  • Waterproof-Superior Strength
  • Resists Solvents, heat & mildew


Glue Bottle


FastCap Glu-Bot Glue Bottle (16 Ounces)

  • Perfect bottle for applying glue
  • No dripping




Gorilla Epoxy

  • 5 Minute Set: Plenty of repositioning time for the perfect fit
  • The all purpose formula bonds steel, wood, aluminum, ceramic, tile and more




3. Finishing Touches

Wood Filler


Minwax High-Performance Wood Filler, 12-Ounce Can 

  • High-performance wood filler
  • Hardens in 15-minutes; sandable in 30-minutes



Renaissance Wax Polish , 200 ml

  • Can be used on more than just wood; plastics,  metals





3M 9-Inch by 11-Inch Aluminum Oxide Sandpaper, Assorted

  • Ideal sandpaper set for a variety of situations
  • Ultimate in performance for surface preparation


Sandpaper Pads


Mirka 5-Inch 8-Hole Dustless Hook-and-Loop Sanding Disks, 10 Each of 5 Grits

  • 50 per box, 10-pieces each of 80, 100, 120, 150, and 220 grits
  • Increased life, made with antiload stearate


Paint Brushes


Presa Premium Paint Brushes Set, 5 Piece

  • Increase your productivity with thoughtfully constructed premium paint brushes



Paint Kit


STANLEY Premium Paint Kit, 8-Piece

  • Premium quality kit with tools to paint an entire room
  • Great coverage with all paints


Masking Tape


3M Painter’s Tape, Multi-Use

  • Delivers sharp paint lines
  • Does not cause surface damage


Paint Gun


HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer

  • Adjustable spray control enhances precision for improved outcomes
  • Brass spray needle and housing for longer life and improved performance




4. Paint and Stain

Linseed Oil


SUNNYSIDE 1-Gallon Raw Linseed Oil

  • Great For Wood Finishing
  • No Additives


Wood Stain


Minwax Wood Finish Interior Wood Stain

  • Available in 26 wood Tone colors
  • For any unfinished wood surfaces


Poly finish


Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane  Finish

  • Provides long-lasting beauty and protection to any interior wood surface
  • It provides long-lasting protection and beauty to interior wood surfaces such as furniture, floors, doors and cabinets


Outdoor Stain


Rust-Oleum Varathane Gel Stain, Quart, Dark Walnut

  • Provides twice the coverage of ordinary oil-based stains
  • Ideal for vertical surfaces – water resistant


Spray Lacquer


Minwax Gloss Brushing Lacquer Spray, Clear, 12.25-Ounce

  • Requires no sanding between coats
  • Recommended Uses: woodwork, cabinets, furniture, interior doors, accessories, not recommended for floors




Rust-Oleum Marine Spar Varnish 1-Quart

    • Twice as durable as conventional wood finishes
      • UV resistant, water resistant
      • Ideal for outdoor projects, applied over the stain coats



5. Nails and Screws

Brad nails


Senco 18-Gauge-by-1-2-Inch Electro Galvanized Variety Pack Brads

  • These brad nails come handy when building furniture



Brad nails


Paslode 2-Inch by 18 Gauge Galvanized Brad Nail (2,000 per Box)

  • High Quality



Wood Screws

The Hillman Group 8 by 1-1/2-Inch Wood Screw, 100-Piece

  • Wood screws are essential in woodworking


Deck Plus Wood Screws #8 x 1-5/8″

  • Easy and simple use kit



2 1/2" screws


Hillman Power Pro Premium Exterior Wood Screw, 9 X 2 1/2-Inch

  • Ideal for decking and any outdoor wood project
  • Bronze ceramic coat with a cross-cut thread and dual flat head exceeds 1, 000 hour salt spray test under ASTM B116




Hillman Fasteners 3 1/2″ Deck Screws

  • The product is 5LB 3. 5×10 Screw
  • Easy and simple use kit




Simpson Strong-Tie 5-1/2″ x .220 Structural Wood Screw

  • Head style washer




Hillman 1/4″ x 8″, 50-Pack

  • Perfect for landscape walls, decks, post and beam construction & more




FastenMaster Heavy-Duty Wood Screw, 10 Inches, 12-Count

  • Unique tapered head countersinks easily into wood




Hot Dipped Galvanized Carriage Bolt, 1/2 x 9-Inch



Pocket screws mix


Kreg Pocket-Hole Screw Kit in 5 Sizes

  • For joining wood planks of various thicknesses





Kreg 1-1/4-Inch No. 7 Coarse Screw (1000-Pack)

  • For joining 3/4″ thick wood planks



Screws 2.5


Kreg Pocket Screws 2 1/2-Inch, #8 Coarse, Washer Head

  • For joining 1 1/2″ thick wood planks



Wood Plugs


Kreg Pine Micro Pocket Plugs

  • Plugs require minimal sanding to match pocket angles
  • Made from accurate dowel for minimal sanding



4. Other


2″ Swivel Caster Wheels with Safety Dual Locking

  • Polyester and Steel
  • The wheels can be used for a multitude of applications


Chicken wire


2 inch Hexagonal Poultry Netting Galvanized Chicken Wire Mesh

  • 2 inch big holes chicken wire mesh, without the weight of 1″ openings raccoon proof
  • Create predator protection



TARCO STD15 36×144#15 Asphalt Felt

  • Item Weight: 32.0 lb
  • Country of Origin: United States


26×40 Ft Garden Green House Sheeting 6 Mil

  • Surprising usage time: Greenhouse plastic is made of polyethylene, which can be used for more than 3 years and has super toughness to withstand high wind, frost, sun and all kinds of bad weather.



Self-Adhesive Aluminum and Fiberglass Material for Wall Hole Repair

  • Wide Range of Uses: It can be easily used in the floors of places such as houses, offices, garages, factories such as drywall, wall, concrete.




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