What's in your woodworking starter kit?


I just developed this passion in 2016, at the age of 70, and I just love it. I discovered what I needed for tools as I went along, and I'm still learning. Thanks to Hometalk, I am learning faster and at my age that is a great advantage, so thank you to all you DIY'er.

All the stuff I am creating is just an adaptation of inspiring projects I have seen on Hometalk, DIY or Pintrest. The hardest work was getting the tools I needed, on the limited pension I'm living under.

I'm releived to say that over the years I have many of the basic tools, like hammer, plyers, staple gun, screwdriver, a drawer full of odds and ends (tape, screws, nail, ect...)

I had a handheld battery operated screwdriver/drill, 2 electric sanders, and that was my arsenal in the beggining. But the best thing that I possed was a Home repair tool set for DUMMIES, got it from Canadian Tire on sale.

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This is compact and has most of the tools you will need, except for the electric ones. And takes very little space for storage, I don't have a workshop. I worked on my porch last spring, summer and autumn, no winter working outside. So storage is very limited.
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This was my first Live Edge project, a night stand ( I posted on Hometalk). That started me looking for more tools, and other stuff like wood glue, varnishes, minwax ect... I electric saw that I needed. I went hunting the recycling centers and yard sales. Found what I could and I don't think I spent more that $40.00, I got 3 saws, 1 sander, and some clamps (the right name escapes me) they are very much needed when gluing wood pieces together.
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Finding thing that inspire me like this piece or wood that was destined to a camp fire, I took the bark off, sanded and teated it, found an old offfice chair and used the foot for a bench. The other log that lost i'ts heart made a nice fruit plater or flower arangement.I keep my eyes open now all the time to find items to recycle.
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This is a pedastal astray stand, I made a side table with. the top was a piece of wood that was cut out of butcher block counter.
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And now I have found a passion for pet feeding stations, I'm sure I will find and use more tools to makes my projects easier as I go on, and will be looking forward to reading all of your experiences with tools that will help me in the futur.
  11 answers
  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 22, 2017
    Monique, you're an inspiration to me, thank you for sharing and for your help!!! You're amazing!

  • William William on Feb 22, 2017
    Monique, you are great at 70! You got bitten by the DIY bug! Your projects are amazing and creative. You know your tools and how to use them. That is a cool home repair tool kit from Canadian Tire. Buy the tools as you need them. I have been buying tools as I needed them over 40+ years of construction, remodeling, woodworking, and DIY.

    • Monique Daviau Monique Daviau on Feb 22, 2017
      I'm 71 now, but so looking forward to spring, though I have been working on stuff during the winter in my small 3 1/2 apt. But no live edge work that I so enjoy.

  • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Feb 22, 2017
    Nice work! Are you sure you're a beginner?

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    • Monique Daviau Monique Daviau on Feb 23, 2017
      5 more dog feeding stations, a sewing machine desk turning it into a work place. As soon as the weather permits, I have a live edge console table and a live edge living room table waiting for me. Think I'd like to try a few dog beds. In bad weather taking care of my little apt. and cooking meals that I can freeze so I don't have to cook when it's nice outside. No gardening this summer, just plain hoping to stay alive.

  • Gavi Gavi on Feb 23, 2017
    Wow! Super impressive! Your work looks great and your attitude - even better! Keep at it - looking forward to seeing more of your projects

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 23, 2017
    You're keeping us all young-minded and inspired Monique! Thank you so much for sharing your story and projects! And reminding us that it's never too late to learn or try something new

  • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Feb 23, 2017
    Amen to that. Where are you getting all that live edge wood? I'm trying to find two pieces to use for wall hangings....after I clean them and apply a few clear coats of poly or tung oil.

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    • Mike Williamson Mike Williamson on Feb 25, 2017
      Sounds nice. Will you post some pics?

  • Monique Daviau Monique Daviau on Feb 23, 2017
    I am good friends with a boat builder and he also does special counter and other stuff, just went there this afternoon and he was making one hell of a staircaise for an attic, he has sheds full of wood but most of them the barck is taken off before drying. Are you far from Montreal, you could make a vacation of it?

  • Monique Daviau Monique Daviau on Feb 23, 2017
    I don't know if you can cross this wood across the border, but if you could take a vacation in Montreal, he is about 35miles on the south-shore on the bancs of the St-Lawrence River.

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Feb 24, 2017
    Wish my son was home; he could answer all that. He worked as a restoration carpenter sometimes. Lot of putting together work-stations for various businesses. Accumulated a small table saw, a lathe, and I forget what else. (I ended up giving it all to a cousin that probably sold it all.)

    He joined the army for about 8 years and is working on getting computer certifications and maybe a BA in computer security. He enjoys being a paid hacker; trying to break into systems so he can protect them.

    Have you thought of looking into one particular area of woodworking? Maybe do some carving during winter months. Would need various knives, chisels, maybe a wood burner to put popular sayings on plaques. I have one will fit you perfect. She thought she could, so she did.

  • Anthony Anthony on Feb 28, 2017
    Great job! You can definitely do a lot with basic tools and determination. I learned on hand tools and I'm better for it. Yes, power tools are nice, but not always necessary if you have the time to do it by hand. Here is my list of "necessities" for wood working. I'd start with 3 good saws (you might be able to find one with an interchangeable blade to save space): a rip saw (cutting with the grain-has finer teeth), a crosscut saw (for against the grain) and a coping saw (for curved cutting). Hammers: wooden mallet, a claw hammer and maybe a rubber mallet if you deal with delicate finishes (or do tiling). A nice sharp chisel or two is a must. Clamps are necessary any time you are gluing wood together, but you don't always need glue (or fasteners) if you use proper joinery. That being said, I'd recommend at least two pipe/bar clamps which are adjustable and either some various size spring clamps and/or C-clamps for the smaller items. A hand plane is a good idea if you do a lot of board work to get nice straight edges. Saves on the sanding later. You probably want a sharpening stone as well to keep those chisels and plane sharp. A drill and bits (either hand or power) is a good investment for any DIY/Handyperson. I prefer the corded ones just because you don't have to worry about keeping the battery charged and ready when you need it. I set of files/rasps in different shapes are useful as well as plenty of sand paper in various grits. I typically buy finishes/stains/etc. as I need them and then make sure to close them tightly so they last awhile. If you decide to upgrade to power tools, I'd say first get a sander since that is probably the most time intensive, then either a good router or a table saw would be the best investment. You can do a lot with both.

  • JoineryPlans JoineryPlans on Nov 01, 2018

    This blog article is probably what you looking for, it has review of the essential woodworking tools for every beginner carpenter kit.

    • Monique Daviau Monique Daviau on Nov 01, 2018

      I have changed my projects to chalk painting as my health does not permit the woodworking any longer.