Whether as a profession or as a hobby, carpentry can be highly satisfying. While handcrafting furniture instills a personal touch and a sense of pride in the piece, it can be quite a tiring experience without the right tools. In woodworking, a range of specialized tools designed to take on a whole slew of tasks, are available. While woodworking contractors may use an unlimited variety of tools, here’s a list of the modern most used or the most important ones.
- DEWALT DW745 Compact Job-Site Table Saw
Equipped with a built-in steel roll cage to protect it from damage during transport, storage or an on-site job, this compact and portable table saw can be used on job sites for additional efficiency. The 10-inch blade coupled with the 1850-watt motor and built-in system to prevent overload gives it enough power to take on hard, wet, or frozen wood.
- DEWALT DWS779 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw
This Sliding Compound Miter Saw with the integrated CUTLINE Blade Positioning System and innovative clamping mechanism with dual horizontal steel rails, provide for better adjustment and visibility for an accurate, durable and compact saw. Its powerful 15 amp, 3,800 rpm motor delivers consistent durability and power, while its effective dust collection system captures around 75% of dust generated.
- DEWALT DW734 15 Amp Benchtop Planer
This benchtop planer from Dewalt, equipped with a three-knife cutter-head and a 15-amp motor delivers 20,000 RPM, helps in making consistently sized boards, shave down the surface of rough cut lumber with large and deep cuts and even delivers fine finish cuts for a smooth surface.
- SKIL 5280-01 15-Amp 7-1/4-Inch Circular Saw
For woodworking on a budget, this versatile basic handheld power tool produces results just about as accurate as a table saw, particularly when cutting sheet goods. This Circular Saw with a single-beam Laser Guide and 15-Amp motor ensures power, performance, and accuracy and keeps the line of cut sawdust free, while also providing for a wider variety of angle and miter cuts. The spindle lock and on-tool wrench make it easier for the user to change blades as and when necessary.
- DEWALT DCCS620P1 20V Cordless Chainsaw
Running on a replaceable 20-volt lithium-ion battery, this 8.8-pound compact cordless chainsaw is lightweight making it comfortable and efficient to carry and use anywhere. It can be activated without the inconvenience of spark plugs, air fumes or air filters. Equipped with a 12-inch bar and chain at a speed of 25.2 feet per second, the power tool is perfect for use on heavy outdoor and construction projects while also jobs that require detail work or maneuverability.
- DEWALT DWP611PK 1.25 HP Compact Router
This powerful and compact router from Dewalt with a 1.25 HP motor and load speed range of 16,000-27,000 RPM is good for working with different materials due to its adjustable bit speed and bit depth according to the material to be worked on. Its clear fixed base and built-in dual LEDs improve the visibility of the bit and the work area while the motor equipped with a soft starter makes sure that motor speed remains consistent for clean results.
- Dewalt DCD771C2 20V MAX Cordless
The 20-volt Max cordless drill provides improved portability, convenience and power to drill pilot holes or fasten a screw without the limitations of a cord. This lightweight and compact drill boast of two-speed settings of 0-450 RPM or 1,500 RPM for drilling or fastening, depending on the type of wood. The power tool has a long-lasting and easily rechargeable battery to get through difficult jobs and its built-in light improves visibility in dim or low light conditions.
- BOSTITCH BTFP3KIT 3-Tool Combo Kit
This combo kit from Bostitch, which includes specially designed nail, brad or staple guns that can be used with the air compressor, reduces the risk of damaging the surface with near misses or too hard hammer strikes while punching in nails or staples by hand and ensures secure and quick results without marring the surface of the wood, so much so, that quite a few reviews, in their final verdict, find this tool to possibly be the best addition to a woodworker’s collection after being compared to a variety of other tools.
- WEN 6510 Oscillating Spindle Sander
This oscillating spindle sander with a ½ HP and 3.5 amp motor, delivers 2,000 RPM and 58 OPM to efficiently smoothen and sand both straight and curved surfaces. Equipped with sanding sleeves in different curvature sizes and grit ratings to work on the curved surfaces of a number of items, built-in storage to keep a tool pouch or accessories handy and an inbuilt port for dust collection to ensure easy cleanup, this power tool is extremely versatile in its job.
- Bosch Self-Leveling Cross-Line Laser
This extremely versatile simple-to-set-up self-leveling cross-line laser projects horizontal, vertical and cross lines, either independently or together to easily line up pieces or level items according to the needs of your project. The tool is equipped with a self-leveling Smart Pendulum System which alerts when out-of-level conditions are present, VisiMax technology to prevent the diodes from overheating while delivering maximum brightness, an included magnetic L-shaped mounting bracket to easily and quickly suspend the level as required along with an IP54 rating to protect the tool against dust or rain and other demanding job site conditions.
These were 10 new best Woodworking power tools for the modern carpenter!