Getting Started Building

If you are just starting out in the building scene you might feel a little daunted by the task of what tools to buy, what kind of wood to get, how to pick a board, etc. No need to worry because I’m going to give you some help and tips that I’ve learned over the years from either learning the hard way or my observations from the experts. I always recommend buying quality tools because the right tool honestly makes your life a whole lot less problematic. When you buy it you will most likely buy for life! I tend to be a Bosch and Milwaukee girl myself but you need to find the brand that fits you best! If you think you might like building and are looking to just get your feet wet and try it out but not quite ready to take the plunge of buying, ask a neighbor to borrow a tool for a weekend. There are lots of places the you can rent from until you feel like you are ready to buy your own.


Getting the right tools for the job is important because you want to be prepared for what you're about to tackle. But that doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy everything on the shelf (although you might want to consider buying like ten tape measures because I guarantee it will be the one thing you are always losing! Seriously!). There are a few items you will want to get right off the bat that you can’t live without and are versatile enough they will get you by until you can expand your tool collection.

Circular Saw

This guy is a hand-held saw that will make your long straight cuts for you and can be a great substitute for a table saw. It can also be used to make short cuts as well, like when you’re cutting down single boards. Because it’s small and very portable you can bring it around with you much easier than the miter saw. It can make angle cuts up to 45 degrees which is great if you are working on a large piece of wood that needs a mitered edge.

 

Orbital Sander

Again, get a higher end brand because, like your drill, this will be your next most used tool. This type of sander is the most versatile and gives the best results.

 

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Clamp

These are always good to have on hand for anything that needs to stay in place and secure. Especially when you are holding something together with wood glue while it sets.

 

Miter Saw

This will be your absolute favourite tool. It makes quick, clean and short cuts. It can make angle cuts and bevel cuts or a combination of both so no matter what, you got it covered! Don’t feel like you need to buy the stand for it right away. You can always make shift until you can afford it. It took me three years to get mine.

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Drill Set

Buy a good brand that will last you because you will use this a tonne! You’ll use it to drill holes and screw projects together. I also recommend having two batteries to alternate charging. I can’t tell you how many times I was in the middle of a project and my drill died so I had to sit and wait for the battery to charge before I could finish. UHHHHH! If you like, get a drill and impact driver combo. The drill will make all your holes and the impact driver will screw your projects with some serious kick! You will also find it handy having two drills for particular projects, like working with a Kreg jig.

 

Kreg Jig

The perfect little tool to help you join pieces of wood together via pocket holes. It makes strong joints and seams to keep your project solid!

This is about everything you should need to get you started and feel confident to tackle some woodworking projects and give you some skills. There is nothing more fun and exhilarating than pushing that button on your saw and feeling the power as it rips through a piece of wood. Seriously, I’m excited for you and you are totally going to feel like this:

Yeah Girl!!