Here’s a good question from one of our readers: “Given the $ 1000 budget, what tools would you recommend to a woodworking beginner?”

This question is about the beginnings of beginners working on wood as opposed to carpentry. The goal is to make basic furniture functional in the city.

Specifically, what tools and products are most needed to start woodworking with an initial budget of $ 1000.

These are the tools I can recommend for the basics and for creating simple little handicrafts


Irwin Marples Blue Chip Chisels ($ 70)
There are plenty of utility bells you can add over time, but I don’t think you can skip the basic set.

Hand Airplanes
I have antique Miller Falls # 4 right now, which cost me $ 40. I had to spend hours cleaning and tuning it, and I think you will have to do the same with many new hand planes.

I would like to get a # 7 or # 8 flight and a scratch plane first, and then add special planes as I learn to use them. (If I had the money, space, and dust collection system, I would probably get a joiner and a planer.) I expect to pay at least $ 100 for a big # 7 or # 8 plane, and hopefully around $ 20 or less on a small plane. rubbing.

This is the category of tools where the saying, “they do not do as they have always done” seems especially true. At least, that’s what my pastor told us. I think you can buy good, new aircraft, but they are very expensive.


Kunz151 Flat and Round Bottom Spokeshaves ($ 27)

Hand Tool Sharpening System

Japanese Combined Water Stone 1200/8000 ($ 35)
G9650 9 “x 12” x 3 “Granite Surface Plate, 2 Ledges ($ 30)
Somax No 22 Honing Guide ($ 12)

You will pass a LOT of sandpaper when you start repairing your hand tools. I think you should expect to spend at least $ 100 on sandpaper. But the good news is that you have to go through a softening process only once, and then work on keeping your edge.

Hand saws

Japanese Gyokucho Dovetail Saw For Good Work ($ 42)
Hours of catch ($ 5)

Marking and rating

Engineering squares (4th set for $ 30)
Robert Larson Combination Squares ($ 9)
Dovetail Background Channels (depending on whether you can try these again)
Marking knife
Rosewood & Brass Marking Gauge ($ 30)

I think the law says you will never have enough spies. I have only four bar clamps, two speed bumps, and a few C-coils.

Power Tools

Set the table
Band saw
Miter saw
Jig saw
Press the machine
Cord drill
Wireless ball
Orbital sander


Real estate, antique stores and eBay are great ways to get hands-on tools at a lower cost.

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