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Why doing DIY projects?

Woodworking is one of those activities that stimulates your creativity and gives you self confidence. As any other hobby, you should start with basic projects so you get accustomed with the skills and then move to more challenging projects. If you have a stressful life or you are just looking for an activity to help you bond with your family or friends, doing DIY projects is the ideal choice.

Not to mention that you can add value to your house while keeping the costs down. You really can save a lot of money by choosing to build your own furniture or outdoor structures.  There are so many success projects on my blog shared by DIY-ers like you and me. They chose to take up the plunge and start building.



Tools for Starting Woodworking

I will show you the tools you need to have in your shop for building my projects or any other DIY project. Therefore, you need a good drill to make pilot holes and an impact driver for inserting the screws accurately and without damaging the wood. In addition, you need a miter saw for making 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.

Next, you will need nail guns for speeding up inserting the nails. The nails are ideal for large outdoor projects (sheds, benches, fences) or for finishing nails. If you buy the nail guns you also need the compressor. 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.

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. All in all, the minimum tools you need to start building wood projects are: a circular saw, a drill and a sander. The rest of the tools will help you build with more precision and get nice finishing touches.




Bosch 18-Volt Lithium-Ion 1/2-Inch Compact Tough Drill/Driver Kit 

  • For drilling pilot holes and inserting screws





DEWALT D26453K 3 Amp 5-Inch Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander Kit with Cloth Dust Bag

  • For smoothing wooden edges
  • For evening out a surface




Bosch CS5 120-Volt 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw

  • For making straight cuts
  • Versatile


Miter Saw


Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

  • For cutting wood planks or for making miter cuts





Bosch 120-Volt Top-Handle Jigsaw Kit

  • For making curved cuts





DEWALT DWFP12231 Pneumatic 18-Gauge 2-Inch Brad Nailer Kit

  • For driving in brad nails



Finish Nailer


DEWALT D51257K 1-Inch to 2-1/2-Inch 16 Gauge Finish Nailer

  • For finishing nails (trims, decorative elements)





DEWALT DWFP55126 6-Gallon 165 PSI Pancake Compressor

  • For the nailers



Table Saw


DEWALT DWE7480XA 10-Inch Compact Job Site Table Saw with Guarding System and Stand

  • For complex cuts (dados)
  • For cutting plywood sheets



DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Max Torque Variable Speed Compact Router Combo Kit with LED’s

  • For making rabbets and mortises
  • For rounding edges




DEWALT DW734 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer

  • Mills rough stock lumber to size in a matter of seconds
  • Ideal if you use recycled or pallet wood for your projects


Drill press



WEN 4208 8-Inch 5 Speed Drill Press

  • Includes a 1/2-inch keyed chuck and onboard key storage
  • Operates at 5 different speeds: 740, 1100, 1530, 2100, 3140 RPM




Biscuit Jointer


TruePower  Biscuit Plate Joiner with Carbide Tipped Blade, 4″

  • Max cutting depth: 0.55″, Cutting Angle: 0 – 45 degree
  • Biscuit Spec: #0, #10, #20


Jobsite Radio


  • Bluetooth connectivity for internet radio and stored music with range of up to 150-feet
  • Protective aluminum/rubber roll cage
  • Runs on Bosch 18-Volt Lithium-Ion batteries or plugged into a 120-Volt AC outlet



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.


Pocket Jigs

Pocket hole jig


Armor Auto-Jig Pocket Hole System

  • 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.
  • Drill Driver (square head), Drill Bit Collar, Allen Wrench, Dust Collection Port

Kreg Jig Mini


Kreg MKJKIT Mini Kreg Jig Kit

  • Requires clamp
  • For very small projects only


Kreg Jig R3


Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System

  • Requires clamp
  • For small projects


Kreg Jig K4


Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System

  • Built-in clamp
  • For medium projects


Kreg JIg K5


Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig

  • 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


Kreg DB210 Foreman Pocket-Hole Machine, Blue

  • Built-in clamp
  • For extra-large projects


Kreg Clamp


  • Makes pocket-hole joints as easy to clamp as they are to make
  • Easy to use easy to install and highly durable

Measuring tool


Kreg Multi-Mark Multi-Purpose Marking and Measuring Tool

  • The Multi-Mark features three different scale configurations, a built-in level, a handy 3/16″ reveal gauge
  • Perfect for general layout




Pocket Screws

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.


Pocket screws mix


Kreg SK03 Pocket-Hole Screw Kit in 5 Sizes – 24.99$

  • For joining wood planks of various thicknesses





Kreg SML-C125 1-1/4-Inch No. 2 Coarse Screw (1000-Pack) – 24.97$

  • For joining 3/4″ thick wood planks



Screws 2.5


Kreg SML-C250 – 2000 Pocket Screws 2 1/2-Inch, #8 Coarse, Washer Head, 2000 Count – 69.99$

  • For joining 1 1/2″ thick wood planks




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.


Tool Kit


Bosch Drill and Drive Set, 91 Piece

  • A wide variety of general purpose accessories
  • 91 piece drilling and driving Set




Black & Decker Workmate 125: 350-Pound Capacity Portable Work Bench

  • Jaws resist warping and can be angled to accommodate uniquely-shaped materials
  • Non-skid feet prevent sliding


Quick Clamps


Irwin Tools Quick Grip One-Handed Mini Bar Clamp, 6-Inch, 4-Pack

  • 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.


Corner clamp


Wolfcraft Right Angle Clamp

  • Durable right angle aluminum clamp for making cabinets or box-frames
  • 3-inch clamp face with V-groove design to hold round materials


Spirit Level


Stanley I-Beam 180 Level

  • Ideal for outdoor woodworking projects (playhouse, gazebos, pergolas)




Bon 14-589 7-Inch Carpenter Pencil, Black Hard Lead with Red Casing, 12-Pack

  • Making marks with a pencil will help you get accurate cuts



Tape Measure


Stanley 33-725 25-Feet FatMax Tape Measure

  • You know how they say: Measure twice and cut once



Ear Protection


  •  Adjustable to Fit All Sizes
  • Guaranteed not to Break




3M Tekk 11329 Virtua Anti-Fog Safety Glasses, Clear Frame, Clear Lens

  • Use safety glasses when cutting the wooden boards





Double Coated Textured Latex Palm with Black and Yellow Fingers with a Gray Polyester Back. Size Large

  • Helps protect against cuts, abrasions and punctures.



Glue bottle



FastCap Glu-Bot Glue Bottle (16 Ounces)

  • No dripping, replaceable tips 






From paint to nails, there a few materials you need in your shop so you can handle most projects at any time.


Wood Glue


Titebond II Premium Wood Glue – Gallon

  • Purpose of use for Hardware, wood-glues
  • This product is manufactured in United States


Wood Filler


  • Patented formula goes on purple and dries white when ready to sand, stain or paint
  • Stainable, paintable and sand able




  • Gel Stains are heavy-bodied, and so do not penetrate as deeply into the wood as liquid oilbase stains do
  • They are often less affected by the condition of the wood




High Performance Water Based Topcoat, 1 quart, Satin

  • The hardest, most durable consumer polyurethane top coat on the market today


Brad nails


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

  • 1,200 brads total; 1″, 1-1/2″, 1-3/4″, & 2″ nails
  • Use for moldings, picture-frame assembly, trim, and cabinetry building


Deck Screws


2-1/2 Star Deck Screw

  • Made in Taiwan





Presa Premium Paint Brushes Set, 5 Piece

  • Thoughtfully constructed premium paint brushes for pros
  • Can withstand even the most abrasive surfaces for versatility and heavy-duty jobs




11-Inch Aluminum Oxide Sandpaper, Assorted

  • Use to sand wood, paint, metal, plastic, drywall, and fiberglass
  • Measures 9 inches by 11 inches per sheet, 5 sheets per pack
  • Includes 1 sheet very fine, 2 sheets fine, 2 sheets medium





The following tools are indispensable for drywall projects.


Drywall Lift


  • Max reach for horizontal ceilings: 11 feet (15 feet with optional extension, sold separately)
  • Max single sheet capacity: up to 4-foot by 16-foot


Drywall Kit


  • DEWALT brushless motor in both units that delivers up to maximum run time
  • ScrewGun offers maximum speed and control and high torque capability for wide range of applications


Corner Tape


2-Inch by 100-Feet Metal Reinforced Corner Tape

  • Tape conforms to any angle



Drywall Saw



Stanley 6-Inch FatMax Jab Saw

  • 6-inch blade withlimited lifetime warranty
  • Sharpened tip for puncturing drywall




  • Interior/exterior use
  • Ready-to-use, Resists cracking, Sands easily


Drywall Knife


Allway Tools 6-Inch Drywall Flexible Steel Taping Knife

  • Drywall flexible steel taping knife
  • Used for spackling, scraping, spreading and stripping




The following books represent an useful reading and might give you some building ideas.




I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects – Updated and Expanded

  • This book shows you how to build quality furniture projects in less than two days of shop time, and using raw materials that are available at any home center



Woodworking techniques


Woodworking Basics – Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship – An Integrated Approach With Hand and Power tools

  • This book takes a traditional approach to teaching, with the idea that learning basic skills is essential to craftsmanship





Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use

  • A complete guide to the tools used by a shokunin, or master Japanese craftsman, this book is ideal for both beginning and professional woodworkers




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