Whether you’re a woodworking pro or an amateur, woodworking power tools can save you a ton of time in the wood shop. Using a power version of a woodworking tool will require you to learn new techniques, but if you’re new to woodworking, you probably haven’t mastered hand tools yet. This means getting a start on woodworking power tools now won’t mean that you have to reinvent the wheel. For the veterans out there, your skill will transfer pretty quickly from hand tools to power tools, so don’t hesitate to take the plunge. The benefits are well worth it.
Power tools will save you a lot of time and elbow grease, and you’ll still end up with great pieces afterwards.
Woodworking Power Tools
Some of the most useful power tools to have in your wood shop are just powered versions of classic hand tools. Others are a radical re-imagining that look nothing like their hand tool ancestors, even though they accomplish the same result.
A miter saw, or chop saw, is a basic woodworking power tool that’s extremely versatile. Easy to use and much safer than a table saw, you can use a miter saw for all kinds of angled cuts and cross cuts. There are a lot of other power saws out there to choose from. To find the one that suits you best, check out the power saw buyer’s guide on our blog.
Powered planers are a woodworking power tool that takes so much of the backbreaking labor out of woodworking. These are especially great for older woodwrights that aren’t able to stand or make repetitive motions as much anymore. Great for any job you would normally use a hand plane for, a powered hand planer can shape, thin, and leave a smooth surface on your pieces.
A drill press will make mortising, doweling, and spindle sanding much easier. With the right attachments and some know-how, a powered drill press is very versatile. You’ll wonder how you got by without one.
Band saws are great for ripping longer pieces of stock. They are safer and easier to use than a table saw.
A jigsaw can be the woodwright’s best friend. Especially if you make decorative or high-detail pieces, you’ll find it to be a life-saver. Use it to make accurate, curved cuts that virtually no other saw can make. The jigsaw can also be used to make straight or angled cuts in tight spaces if you made a little mistake. For help picking the right jigsaw, check out our Jigsaw Buyer’s Guide. The jigsaw is one of the most handy woodworking power tools.
With all the cutting you do, you need a good way to clean up all the sawdust on the floor of your wood shop. Depending on how much cutting you do, you can choose the right shop-vac to suit your needs.
Investing in these tools may seem like a big chunk of change, but you can acquire each one slowly according to your needs. Before long, you’ll have a wood shop that makes every project a breeze.