How to choose the first saw for a beginner woodworker?


There are so many types of saws: band, table, circular, hand, jig, compound miter, scroll, keyhole, and probably half a dozen other saws. Which saw do your recommend as a first saw for a beginner woodworker?

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  • 1401470 1401470 on Nov 01, 2018

    I started with a simple hand held jig saw It really depends on future projects but a basic table saw is a great place to begin because you can cut large boards with it. Basically offers more opportunities

  • Suelane Suelane on Nov 01, 2018

    Hi Joinery Plans,

    I started out with an electric jig saw. Try them out in your hands at the store to see if you like the weight/shape. I felt confident using that at first. It is much easier than a hand saw.

    Next I went to the compound miter but use with supervision (hubby) because it is pretty powerful. Then I got a scroll saw, it is fun, it is like using a sewing machine (in my opinion!)

    I imagine it depends on what you want to do - straight/miter cuts, make little crafty things or tackle some book shelves or something like that. Then you can decide what type of saws fit your needs to begin with.

    Have fun, cut safely! And your hardware store can be a good guide for you!

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Nov 01, 2018

    I love a miter saw for a first saw! It can cut straight or at an angle. Really it will depend on what kind of work you want to do.

  • I started with a jig saw, but we have a miter saw now and we use it almost every day. A circular saw is handy for bigger cuts, but for the most part we use the miter saw.

  • A jigsaw will get you through many a project though I wouldn't trade my miter saw for anything! I use that more than any other saw I have but ultimately it does depend on what type of projects you're interested in.