Professional woodworkers choose their tools quiet carefully. The basic tools in any workshop are the essential or the most versatile ones. Tools are chosen in such a way that these can be used well for not just one project but for many other upcoming projects as well.

We have collected a list of 10 basic woodworking carpenter’s tools or cabinet making tools that your workshop should be equipped with.

woodworking and carpenter’s tools:

1.Drill Press: A drilling machine or drill press is used for making holes or enlarging holes in workpiece. The primary advantage of a drill press over the standard traditional handheld drill is its accuracy and speed of repetition. The drill is held in a rotating spindle and is fed into the workpiece, which is usually clamped on a work table.Apart from drilling, it can also perform activities like reaming, countersinking, counter boring or tappin

2.Saws: A saw is an important tool that has a blade with its sharp points known as teeth all along with one edge of the blade. It is an essential tool used for cutting lumber or usable workpieces. All saws can be broadly classified into two main categori

Handsaws: In woodworking and carpentry, hand saws are better known as panel saws while in other sectors these are known as fish saws. Panel saws are driven by muscular force of a woodworker and are used to cut pieces of wood into different shapes.


Handsaws can be further identified as coping saws, hack saws, rip cut saws, crosscut saws, bow saws, pruning saws, fret saws, and veneer saws. Some less common saws are the Japanese saws, keyhole saws, and the back saws.

Powered Saws: Powered saws are usually driven by electricity. These saws are the easiest one to use and are huge time savers. These saws produce excellent cutting or trimming results. Moreover, portable power saws are very flexible and can reach any difficult position with ease.

Chainsaw: This saw has set of teeth along a moving chain and is used to cut lumber and even trees. Some chainsaws are driven by gasoline engine and some by electric motor.

3.Circular Saw: This saw uses a circular blade to cut and is mostly light weight and handy. If you want a cordless power saw for use in different worksites, the circular saw is one of the best options.

Most popular circular saws are Corded circular saws, Cordless circular saws, Compact and Mini circular saws, Worm Drive circular saws, Sidewinder circular saws, Cold Saw circular saws, Abrasive Saw circular saws and the Track Saws.

4.Band Saw: This saw is a stationary saw that can cut through different materials just by changing blades. The saw has a long blade in the shape of a band and rotates with speed while cutting wood. The length of the Bandsaw blade is calculated according to the model of machine or the size.

Widely used bandsaws are the Wood band saws, Benchtop band saws, Horizontal band saws, Vertical band saws, Portable band saws and Meat band saws.

5.Table Saw: A table saw is one of the most flexible saw that has a circular blade and its depth can be adjusted on the attached table so that you can rip the wood, cut straight and measure as you cut as per your requirement. The blade is fixed at the center of the table and simply extends upward and downwards accordingly. A good table saw is always the heart and soul of any workshop.

The most widely used table saws are the Benchtop, Jobsite, Compact, Hybrid, Contractor, Cabinet, Sliding, Mini and micro table saws.


6.Jigsaw: It is a powerful and versatile hand tool fitted with a narrow sharp blade that can cut through so many materials and can reach to some of the most difficult positions while cutting. It can also bevel up-to 45 degree


7.Miter Saw: The miter saw is fitted with small circular blade basically used for making angled cuts in wood. For making the most accurate cuts for joints that require most perfect fitting, a miter saw is the ideal tool. Use the dial pad of your miter saw to dial the degree to which you want to cut precisely and get the exact result.

Compounded Meter Saw: These saws will make a variety of angled cuts along with a slight tilt in one particular direction for cutting a bevel. These are popular for making square, angled or beveled crosscuts on wood.

There are many more powered saws available like the scroll saws, reciprocating saws, wet tile saws and pole saws which are used for the purpose of cutting but we have discussed most useful saws here.

8.Clamps: Clamps are great tools that are used for holding wood pieces securely in any workshop. They are just like extra hands that hold the wood together so that you can use your hands freely. There is a variety of clamps available all designed uniquely to perform various tasks. Some of the famous types of clamps are 90 degree corner clamp, screw clamp, quick release clamp, angle clamp and toggle clamp.

9.Measuring Tape and Carpenter Squares :  A measuring tape or tape measure is a long flat flexible ruler used for making measurements. Woodworkers generally demand more from a measuring tape. Some prefer 25 feet tape while others feel 16 feet tape more light weight and comfortable for use.

10.Carpenter square  is also known as ‘framing square’ and is used extensively for framing and laying rafters and stairs.  It can also be used as a straight-edge, finding and establishing right angles and marking cut-off work on work piece. These squares are generally made of steel, aluminum or polymers. It consists of long wider arm and a shorter narrower arm which meet at 90 degree right angle.  

11.Electric Planer: A corded electric planer or the cordless battery operated planer is a tool that can’t be missed at any cost. It smoothes the surface of the wood and rough end grains and tapers the wood also.

A block planer is a simple small hand held tool used for planing manually with blade at different angles than other type of planes.

Electric planers types include the benchtop planers and the stationary planers. Benchtop planers are smaller and lighter than stationary planers.

12.Power Jointer and Thickness Planer: This tool is an essential tool that almost every woodworker likes to own. Used since last so many years, it’s a great dimensioning tool that processes rough lumber into exact size and thickness planer blades. It makes the surface of wood usable.


13.Electric Sander: It is a powered tool that smooth and finish surfaces of wood very easily and effortlessly. All sanders have a mechanism for attaching sandpapers and to move it rapidly.

Some of the widely used sanders are random orbital sander, belt sander, disc sanders and finishing sanders. Of course, cordless sanders come to you with additional benefit of detaching from the power supply and using comfortably.

14.Tenoning Jig : Tenoning Jig is actually utility tool of your workshop. It locks the workpiece or stock against a plate and holds it steadily in its place so that the saw machine can cut cheeks and shoulders on all four sides of a tenon. A stop piece keeps the workpiece square in both directions.

Tenoning Jig

15.Chisels and Mallets: Chisels are also indispensible for any woodworker or carpenter. A chisel consists of a sharp cutting edge attached to a handle and is rectangular in shape. It is generally used with a small hammer or mallet or can be used separately on wood.Chisels and hammers are found in different styles and sizes like beveled edge bench chisels, mortise chisels, and paring chisels


16.Push Stick: At last but not the least important in the list is the push stick or push block. It is actually a safety device that saves your fingers and hands from being fed to the unforgiving saw blade.

Push stick

So, these are  essential tools that any professional carpenter’s workshop should be equipped with. Woodford Woodworking Tooling Ltd. is one of the leading suppliers in UK that is completely dedicated to our customer’s total satisfaction. We supply industrial equipment and various components from a variety of manufacturers and hence have a huge choice for our happy customers.