Top 10 Hand Tools | Woodworking – New, Experienced, Gift

The first 10 tools I recommend for all woodworkers, new or experienced.

As the holidays approach, so do thoughts of gifts and what to get for those around you. For the woodworker in your life that has always wanted to woodwork but never had the tools, this is the perfect way to get them started. Or, if you’re looking to bolster your shop and want to know some of the basics I love to have around, below are the first 10 tools/resources I recommend for any woodworker.

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1. Stanley Sweetheart Chisels
2. Wood is Good Mallet
3. Stanley No. 4 Handplane
4. Diamond Sharpening Plates
5. Machinist Square
6. Marking Knife
7. Marking Gauge
8. Pull Saw
9. 10’ Tape
10. Quick Grip Variety Pack

Top Resource: Paul Seller’s book, Essential Woodworking Handtools (

These represent the hand tools I use most in my shop and tools that won’t break the bank to get started.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and I’ll make sure to get back to you. Otherwise, have a great weekend.

Thanks as always and be safe,

Northwest Craftsman

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Stanley Sweetheart Chisels:
Wood is Good WD201 Mallet:
No. 4 Stanley Handplane:
Ultra Sharp Diamond Sharpening Kit:
Ultra Sharp II Diamond Sharpening Kit:
Leather Strop:
Machinist Square:
Marking Gauge:
Japanese Pull Saw:
10’ Tape:
Irwin Quick Grips:

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