Woodworking is entirely subjective to the woodworker. For some, woodwork is a passion, others a hobby, and others a career from which they sustain themselves and their families. Man has been fashioning and working with wood since his inception – and it is certainly showing no signs of slowing anytime soon. Notwithstanding our digital age, in which many people are turning toward synthetic fabrics and materials to design their homes, bespoke wooden furniture is still very popular and a great way to design and create pieces that will last for a lifetime.

Woodwork, however, is not designed to just simple furniture production, and rather, there is an infinite number of things one can do with a piece of wood and the right equipment. It is worth mentioning, great profits can be yielded from woodwork if you decide to turn your skills to the market and make bespoke pieces for people. If that does not tickle your fancy, and you just want to create unique pieces of wooden art; utensils; furniture; tools, or anything else, and do not have a clue to what you might need – look no further than here.

This page will offer you an all-inclusive guide on everything you absolutely must-have should you want to get started working with wood.

A Router Table

A router table is a woodworking machine that remains stationary; a vertical spindle of a woodworking router emerges from the table and can spin at speeds of up to 25,000 rpm. The router tables cutter heads are often mounted inside the spindle’s chuck. Router tables are an absolute essential for any aspiring woodworker; they allow you to cut wood at angles you otherwise couldn’t and allow for much more flexibility in your jobs. The professionals from say that becoming an expert woodworker does not rely solely upon your skills and craft – but rather – rely also upon your tools, and this tool is an absolute must-have. It is often used in cabinetry and furniture design and can be used to great effect for most woodworking tasks. If you do not have a router table – it’s time to invest in one.


Saws are an essential component of most types of woodworking, and no aspiring woodworker can achieve their full potential without them. It is very unlikely any woodwork-related task could be completed without the help of saws – here are a few types you may want to take a look at:

Power Saws

Power saws are often table-mounted (or freestanding machines) that are operated by a motor. They are a saw, of course, but offer far more power than your more conventional saw and allow for my versatility and flexibility. They can be, however, very expensive, which is why they are a deterrent for most aspiring woodworkers – but notwithstanding price is a great asset to have and can make your woodworking jobs much more seamless and fluid. They are an investment that is well worth making, and one you should consider should you be able to offset the initial cost.


If you cannot afford a power saw or prefer to do things yourself, then a handsaw can be a great option. With that said, there are many different types of a handsaw, each yielding different results, and each with a different purpose. You will have to find out what saw is required specifically for the job that you are trying to undertake. If you do not want to have to run to the supply store every time you have a new job to do and pick up a new saw then it may be worth investing in a bundle of different saws. You will definitely need handsaws when making bespoke furniture. These pieces of furniture require careful and delicate hand-sawing.


A hammer is the quintessential woodworking tool. It is a tool no self-respecting woodworker can be without, and one that should not even have to be on this list for you to know it is necessary.

Hammers are used for many different things when it comes to woodworking – with the most popular being the insertion of nails into walls (or into the wood) and joining together pieces of wood. Hammers should always be on hand, as they have many other uses and can be of great benefit to any woodworker. They are a must-have.


A chisel is another absolute essential for any aspiring woodworker. Chisels are one of the most commonly used tools when it comes to woodworking and one that your woodworking cabinet cannot be without.


A file is another tool you absolutely must-have. Files are flattened pieces of metal that are used to file down and remove the edges of pieces of wood – or create flat surfaces. They are similar to sandpaper in that they remove bumps and contours in a piece of wood surface and level them out. They can be used for all sorts of things, and there is no one piece of woodwork that they are used for. They are used to build instruments, furniture, and pieces of art. A file is very inexpensive and something you should pick up.

Tape Measure

A tape measure is another tool that you absolutely must have in your toolkit. Tape measures do not need an explanation, but for the benefit of the complete novice, we will explain what they are used for: a tape measure is used to measure surfaces so you can accurately create pieces of wood that match other pieces to be joined. They should always be kept in your toolbox.


While not a physical tool, patience (which nobody seems to have anymore) is something you will need to master should you want to become a master at woodworking, and should you want to get started at it. Woodworking is a whole bunch of trial and error – and without patience and the ability to concentrate and repeat tasks over and over again, you will not be able to be the best woodworker that you can possibly be.

Now, with the help of this page, you know everything you will need to become a good woodworker, and all the tools necessary to become a professional. Woodworking is a great hobby to have, especially since there is a massive boom in demand for bespoke furniture. Why not try it out?