40 Modern Tools For Woodworking Every Woodworker Or Carpenter Should Have

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Last updated on October 20th, 2020 at 04:19 am

Are you still using ancient tools for your woodworking projects? Well, there’s nothing wrong in using ancient tools, because some of those ancient tools for woodworking are still very practical till this day.

However, just like every other craft, woodworking keeps evolving year after year. The tools used for it 500 years ago have been advance and improved or have been dropped and discarded entirely.

Today, there are many modern tools for woodworking, and in this article, we’ll list 40 of these modern tools you can or should be using for your woodworking projects.

Tools makes your work as a woodworker not only easier, but also better. The best woodworkers use the best tools.

At least, that’s what we believe here at Craftsman Pro Tools.

If you want to create something stunning, you can’t do it with your bare hands or with crude tools. You need the right tools, modern tools you can use to create your woodwork and get it admired by anyone who set’s his eyes on it.

You may already have some or majority of the tools listed here while you may not have others. So read carefully and take note of the ones you don’t have already so you can add these new ones to your woodworking tools collection when you’re ready.

Pocket hole jigs

Talking about modern tools for woodworking, one of the first tools that we could come up with is the pocket hole jig for making pocket holes.

Pocket hole joints make it very easy to assemble pieces of wood together very fast and easily using pocket screws, and a pocket hole jig makes it even easier for you to drill this pocket holes on the wood pieces you’re planning to join.

There are different types of pocket hole jigs from different brands, but we believe Kreg makes some of the best jigs for making pocket holes. They have different sizes of pocket hole jigs you can choose from, and they’re all very effective and efficient in making these pocket holes.

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Right angle clamp

Joining 2 pieces of wood perfectly at right angles can be difficult to do by yourself, because you’ll have to hold two woods together and them try to join them

This is even more difficult if you’re trying to nail them together using a hammer.

With the right angle clamp you can clamp and join woods perfectly at right angles without any help.

The right angle clamp is one tool you should have if you love engaging in DIY woodworking projects.

Thickness planer

Although not very modern, we believe a wood thickness planer is one of the most important tools you should have in your workshop as a woodworker or carpenter.

With a thickness planer, you can buy rough lumber and plane them and dimension them to the exact size, thickness and surface smoothness you want.

Miter saw

The best tool for making crosscuts is a miter saw. You can use it to crosscut 2×4’s, 2×6’s, crown moldings and base boards.

If you’re getting modern tools for your woodworking projects, a good compound miter saw should definitely be among them.

Circular saw

circular saw cutting wood

A circular saw can be used for making crosscuts and rip cuts easily. It’s one of the first power tool for woodworking you should get if you’re just starting out as a beginner woodworker.

It’s very important because you can use it to make any type of cuts on wood, including cross cuts, rip cuts and even bevel cuts.

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Table saw

Although they’re best for making rip cuts, you can make any type of cut on a table saw. Rip cuts, cross cuts, bevel cuts and even dado cuts.

If you really want to up your game as a woodworker, you need to have a table saw in your workshop. If you already have one, then check out these 16 table saw accessories you can use to upgrade your table saw and improve its performance.

Power drill

Power drills are essential tools of any woodworking shop. You can drill holes, drive screws, and perform other important tasks during your woodworking projects.

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Band saw

If you haven’t seen one before, a band saw is just one type of power saw which consists of a continuous long sharp and toothed blade that runs stretched between two or more metal wheels.

It’s one of the most invaluable cutting tool any woodworker can have in his workshop. Apart from woodworking, it’s also used for metalworking and lumbering. Until you’ve used one, you’d likely not know how important it is.

You can use it to cut shapes in wood, resaw lumber and even make veneers for your woodworking projects.

Jig saw

Just like a band saw, you can use a jig saw to cut irregular shapes in wood as well.

Unlike the bandsaw however, which is a stationary tool, the jigsaw is a hand tool which requires you to take control of the saw and direct it through the cut while the material or wood remains mostly stationary.

Reciprocating saw

dewalt reciprocating saw

Most likely, your projects will require you to cut other materials apart from wood. That’s where you need a reciprocating saw.

It allows you to cut through different type of materials. All you have to do is switch the blade depending on the material you’re trying to cut.

Router tool

A router tool is one of the most versatile tools for woodworking you can use during your project. It’s used for routing or hollowing out an area in a relatively large material like wood or plastic.

There are many uses for the router tool in the wood shop such as edge routing, cutting patterns and cutting dadoes for making dado joints.

Hand planer

planing thick lumber with hand planer

When you’re trying to plane a wood stock that a thickness planer machine can’t accommodate, then you use a hand planer.

Generally, if you can’t feed it through a thickness planer, then you need a hand planer to plane it to the correct thickness or flatness.

A hand planer is especially ideal for already assembled furniture, because you can’t pass assembled furniture pieces through a planer.

With the hand planer however, you can locate all inconsistent or rough parts of the furniture, and then plane and sand them to your desired thickness and smoothness.

Wood jointer

You can’t just pass or feed any wood through your thickness planer. The task or use of a thickness planer is to make both sides of the wood parallel, and reduce the thickness of the wood or stock.

Planing warp or twisted boards with a thickness planer will still return a warped board, even though both sides of the board are smooth.

With a jointer, you can flatten one side of the board, removing warp, twisting and other defects/irregularities of the wood, so that when it finally goes through a thickness planer, both sides come out flat and parallel to each other.

Drawer slide jig

If you find it difficult installing drawer slides, then you need a drawer slide jig. With it you can install drawer slides that fit perfectly and slides smoothly every time.

Rotary tool

A rotary tool has many woodworking applications. When you need to make tiny cuts in wood, sand little areas in your project, carve and engrave the wood you use for your project, then you need one of these.

They’re quite inexpensive and you can usually get one under 40 or 50 bucks. Although, the one by Dremel shown in the picture above will require more bucks from you but makes up for it in quality, versatility and ease of use.


Working from the floor is never an option if you want to carry out woodworking tasks or projects effectively.

Having a workbench is very essential. You can place and clamp your wood stock to it so you can work comfortably.

Tasks such as sanding, sawing, gluing & clamping, chiselling, drilling and other woodworking activities are better carried out on a workbench.

Drill press

The drill press has a chuck where you can attach drills and drivers bits to drill holes in materials or drive fasteners.

Random orbital sanders

A random orbital sander is arguably the best type of sander you can use for sanding your woodworking projects.

Reciprocating spindle sander

If you want to sand curves in wood, a reciprocating spindle sander is one of the best tools you can use for that.

Belt sander

Of all the different types of sanders, belt sanders are the most aggressive of them all. You can damage your project easily if you’re not careful when using a belt sander.

They’re best for rapid removal of stock and smoothing rough boards, and floors.

Framing nailer

Talking about tools for woodworking, a framing nailer is one of my favorite. Using a hammer for nailing pieces of wood together can be quite stressful and time-wasting. With a good framing nailer however, you can cut that time to the bearest minimum and save a lot of energy.

Brad Nailer

A brad nailer allows you to nail tiny 18 gauge brad nails easily. It’s a very important tool to have if you’re involved in trim carpentry or cabinet making.

Shop vac

Woodworking results in the production of saw dust in large quantities, and if you don’t contain it, it can easily mess up your shop and projects. With a shop vacuum in your shop, you can contain the saw dust as soon as it’s produced.

Wood moisture meter

Want to know the amount of water or moisture in the wood you’re trying to buy in the lumberyard? Then you need a moisture meter. It’s one of the modern tools for woodworking you should be using for your projects because knowing the moisture content of the wood you’re using for your projects is very important.

As wood dries, it changes it’s shape in different ways. It can shrink, twist or even split. When you use wood with too much moisture content than ideal, then you run the risk of running into serious problems in the future when the wood starts drying and changing it’s shape.

So, seriously, get a moisture meter and learn about the minimum moisture content of the woods for your projects, so you don’t create something that ends up breaking or getting damaged in the future.

Wood lathe

If you love turning wood into different shapes and objects, then you should be already familiar with the wood lathe. You can turn any block of wood into decorative pieces if you know your way around the tool. Hence, it’s one of the best tools you can use for shaping wood.

Biscuit joiner

Biscuit joints are one of my favorite woodworking joints, and creating them can only be done when you have a biscuit joiner in hand.

Modern Clamps

Woodworking clamps are a necessity in any woodshop. You need them for clamping pieces together for gluing, drilling and several other activities.

Center scriber

Sometimes, you need to find the center of the wood you’re using for your project. Eyeballing it is not really advisable in many cases if you need maximum precision and want to do a quality job.

The woodworking tool you need in this case is a center scriber. With it, you can find and mark the center of the wood pieces you’re using for your projects.

Measuring tape

Craftsman tape measure

In order to carry out your woodworking projects, you need to measure each piece correctly, which makes a good measuring tape essential in your workshop.

Multi-mark tool

The multi-mark tools is a very useful and multi-purpose tool you can use during your woodworking projects. It can be used for squaring, leveling and even transferring measurement.

Digital protractor

You can find and measure angles accurately using this digital protractor. With it you can adjust angles of your table saw blade, bandsaw and miter saw blades to make accurate bevel cuts.

Multi-angle measuring ruler

You can measure multiple angles, mark and transfer templates with the multi-angle measuring ruler.

Dovetail marker

The dovetail marker is a nifty tool you can use to mark dovetails precisely and efficiently.

Power handsaw

A power handsaw is just your normal handsaw powered by an electric motor. You can cut wood and other material, even metal with it.

Japanese hand saw

Although this Japanese handsaw have ancient origins, it clearly still stands very useful in any modern workshop. Japanese saws cut materials through pulling and the resulting cut is cleaner than cuts made with normal European hand saws.

Edge ruler

An edge ruler wraps around both edges of the wood you’re marking, and gives you an accurate scale on both sides of the wood.

Shaping disk

You can attach this shaping disk to your angle grinder to help create shapes in wood such as when making a wooden bowl.

Drum sander

These are quite expensive, but if you really want to sand down large wooden planks in one go, a drum sander is your best bet.

Dovetail Cutting Jig

If you engage furniture and cabinet making, then you’ll definitely find this dovetail cutting jig super useful.

This Porter-Cable dovetail cutting super jig is ideal for cutting dovetails for making different types of joinery for boxes, drawers and different types of furniture pieces.


claw hammer

Apart from using nail guns like framing and finish nailers, every woodworker needs a claw hammer to drive and remove nails from wood.

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