Top Ten Hand Tools every Woodworker needs

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Claw Hammer

Everyone has probably used a hammer at some point in their lives. While there are many types of hammers for all kinds of applications, the most versatile woodworking model is the claw hammer with a smooth, slightly rounded finish head. Choose one that is not too heavy, but feels good in your hand.


A square is an invaluable woodworking tool. Not only is it probably the quickest and easiest tool for marking a square line for an end cut, but can be used to quickly mark any angle up to 45-degrees or measure up to 15 cm.

Retractable Tape Measure

A Retractable Tape Measure is another tool that is an absolute must for any woodworker for measuring the length of cuts or for marking where to attach another board. A quality tape measure should have both Metric and Imperial markings, a locking mechanism and a slightly loose hook on the end of the tape. The hook is loose on its rivets by design so the user will get accurate results whether the tape is used to take internal or external measurements.

Utility Knife

A Utility Knife with a locking mechanism that uses disposable razor blades is another vital tool for the woodworker. This versatile cutting device can be used for scribing a mark in a piece of stock, cleaning up a hinge mortise or any of a hundred other uses when a knife is needed.


The Chisel is another essential woodworking tool. A finely-sharpened chisel is perfect for cleaning out waste from joints and mortises.


When you need to know if a piece of stock is perfectly horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb), you need a level. Keep two levels available: one relatively long and a short level.


Like the claw hammer, everybody has likely used a screwdriver at least once or twice in their lives. keep a few versions and few varieties, as well as a couple of square head, Torx, and star drivers.

Sliding Bevel

A Sliding Bevel is very like a square, except that it can be adjusted to any angle and locked in place using a locking mechanism. This is very handy when an angle needs to be duplicated.

Nail Sets

A nail set looks somewhat like a small, round chisel, but is used to sink nail heads flush or just beneath the wood’s surface. keep three varied sizes.

Block Plane

The last absolute necessity every woodworker should have is a small block plane. This device is used for shaving thin amounts of wood away from the stock and is invaluable for cleaning up edges during assembly.


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