DIY and woodworking: the 5 essential tools


My passionate woodworking readers have been asking me for months to write an article on the five most useful tools for woodworking. Here it is finally. Good reading !

The different types of saw

Whether you are carpenters, professional cabinetmakers or amateurs like me, you agree that we cannot do without
the handsaw. It is the basic tool to have on hand for people who want to learn about woodworking. Easily recognizable thanks to its handle shaped like a hand, this accessory is the cutting tool par excellence. And the use of this manual saw is not only reserved for wood, but also for other materials such as plaster for example.

So far, have you used to borrow your neighbor’s handsaw? Treat yourself and finally treat yourself to this tool. Plus, there’s no need to waste time walking around your neighborhood DIY store. Handsaws are now very easy to find on the internet. And when validating your order, for ease of use, remember to check that the handle is ergonomic and non-slip.

For my online purchases, I go to the wood tooling specialist HM diffusion. It is in this shop that I found the model of circular saw coveted for years. Indeed, reserved for more resourceful and experienced users, the electric saw must be handled by people with a little experience, to avoid accidents. But the great advantage of this tool is its adaptation to all types of wood. Raw, melamine, laminate, or even plywood… Nothing resists a circular saw.

Scissors, rasp and drill bits

However, although I am not a champion of the use of wood chisels, this tool is my favorite because of its multifunctionality. This is why this accessory is undoubtedly found at the same time in the toolbox of joiners, carpenters, cabinet makers, luthiers and even sculptors. I use it mainly for shaping and finishing the furniture I make at home during my days off.

If this equipment is still missing from your inventory, you will need to acquire it. Wood chisels are sold there by lot. And take the opportunity to order a wood rasp. The tool will be particularly useful for reaching parts that are difficult to access by machines. I took the round, flat, armchair, tapered and curved model at the same time to make sure I had a wide range of wood rasps on hand, for each of my needs. And don’t forget to specify the bites. For information, these are classified by number according to the size and pitting of their teeth.

Finally difficult to do without wood drills because drills are simply unusable without these bits. There are different types of drill bits for drilling wood: helical for deep holes, flats for blind holes and three tips for those that demand precision.

As a reminder, you can also read my post on the ideal toolbox 😉