Last updated on September 26th, 2021 at 08:39 pm
Woodworking has grown and developed so much that the tools used for it in the early times are no way as advanced as the ones we use today.
Today, there are many modern tools for woodworking, and in this article, I’ve listed 40 of the most important ones you can or should be using for your projects.
These tools will make your work as a woodworker not only easier and better, but also more enjoyable. The best woodworkers use the best tools.
At least, that’s what we believe here at CraftsmanProTools.
If you want to create something stunning, you need the right tools, modern tools you can use to create your woodwork and get it admired by anyone who sets his eyes on it.
You may already have some or majority of the ones listed here while you may not have others. So read carefully and take note of the ones that are new to you.
Pocket hole jigs
Talking about modern tools for woodworking, one of the first that comes to mind is the pocket hole jig for making pocket hole joinery.
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 these holes on the wood pieces you’re planning to join.
There are different types of pocket hole jigs from different brands, but I believe Kreg makes some of the bests ones I’ve found. They have different sizes of jigs for this singular purpose, and they’re all very effective for making these pocket holes.
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.
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 get them planed and dimensioned to the exact size, thickness and surface smoothness you want.
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 tools for your woodworking projects, a good compound miter saw should definitely be one of the first ones you get.
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.
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.
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 drills are essential tools of any woodworking shop. You can drill holes, drive screws, and perform other important tasks during your woodworking projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 machine, 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.
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 tasks are better carried out on a workbench.
The drill press has a chuck where you can attach drill and driver bits to drill holes in your stock or drive fasteners into it.
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.
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. If you’re making a wooding floor from rough boards or reclaimed lumber, you’re surely going to need one.
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 consuming.
With a good framing nailer however, you can cut that time to the barest minimum and save yourself a lot of energy that would have been spent swinging a hammer.
Using a framing nailer also increases the accuracy at which you place nails on your stock. It also prevents damaging the wood you’re nailing.
When you use a hammer, a single miss by you can cause a damage to the wood, but with a framing nailer, you don’t swing at the wood, you just place the nailer tip, compress it and pull the trigger, and the nail sinks in all within the blink of an eye.
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.
Dish the mallet and chisels and get a lock mortiser like this one from Porter Cable, and mortising doors for door lock installations will never become a tedious task for you anymore.
Although people still mortise doors with basic tools, this lock mortiser puts that in the past by helping you create these mortises effortlessly.
This one from Porter-Cable features a powerful 11 Amp motor capable of producing 27500 rpm of speed allowing you to drill into and create mortises even in the hardest of wooden doors.
With it, you cut mortises up to 7 inches long, 1-1/4 inches wide and 4-3/4 inches deep in any door no matter how thick it is. This is a modern woodworking tool I think will definitely make the life of any woodworker, carpenter or cabinet maker way easier than it used to be.
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.
Cutting a mortise and tenon joint can be quite difficult with basic woodworking tools. With this benchtop mortiser however, you have an automated way to cut out your mortises with ease and accuracy.
The benchtop mortiser features a power motor connected with a chisel bit, and you operate it just like a drill press to cut mortises in your stock. You can choose and switch to different types of chisel bits depending on the size of mortise you want to cut.
All in all, the benchtop mortiser is a very useful tool for carrying out woodworking, furniture and cabinet making projects.
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
A dovetail joint is a very crafty looking woodworking joint you can use for your project, and it’s very strong too, but cutting it by hand can be quite difficult. Hence the need for dovetail cutting jigs like the one shown above from Porter Cable.
It’s a very handy jig that will simplify your work when cutting dovetails for making different types of joinery for boxes, drawers and different types of furniture pieces.
A beam cutter allows you to cut thick beams or huge stocks of wood in one go. Cutting these huge beams and stocks of wood on any other saw such as a table saw or a miter saw is just impossible.
That is why having this beam cutter is a necessity if you work with stocks of this size. Talking about modern tools for woodworking, this beam cutter definitely makes the list.
Just like a benchtop mortiser, a chain mortiser allows you to easily cut mortises in your wood stocks. With the chain mortiser however, you get to cut mortises in really thick stocks of wood, like beams for timber framing and logs for long home building.
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.
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 joints are one of my favorite woodworking joints, and creating them can only be done when you have a biscuit joiner in hand.
Woodworking clamps are a necessity in any woodshop. You need them for clamping pieces together for gluing, drilling and several other activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A power handsaw is just your normal handsaw powered by an electric motor. You can cut wood and other material, even metal with it.