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Wood Working Tools

A Few Basic Small Tools For Wood Working

The basic wood working tools include a carving knife, several gouges, a chisel and sharpening equipment. These tools are for the more finer aspects of wood working.

A work bench, a special screw or jig for holding the work to the bench and a mallet may also be needed as time goes by.

As the hobby progresses keep in mind that garage sales and auctions houses are great places to find some Used Wood Working Tools for saving money .

Other specialized or adapted tools for working wood may be used, according to a woodworker's preference.

For example, the router is often used. But, for anyone starting out, the basics are enough.

Here's a look at a few Small Wood Working Tools and what these tools for working wood are specifically used for.

Carving Knife

The uses for a carving knife are pretty self-explanatory.

The knives are used to make the initial cuts and then to pare or whittle away at the chunk of wood.

There are many different sizes of blades and handles to choose from.

You may try to select a handle that seems to "fit" your hand.

The hardness of the blade is measured using the "Rockwell" scale, which is used to measure the hardness of steel.

A range of 58-61 is considered optimum for fine wood working tools.


The gouge is a tool with a curved cutting edge that can be used to create hollows, circles, round shapes or sweeping curves.

The curvature of the gouge's cutting edge is called the sweep.

The lower numbers indicate flatter cutting edges, while the higher numbered gouges indicate a greater curvature.

Most woodworkers keep at least two or three gouges on hand as well as several other small wood working tools.


A chisel may have a straight cutting edge, a number 1 sweep, or a skewed edge, sometimes referred to as number 2.

Chisels are used for making straight lines or for cleaning up flat surfaces.

Sharpening Equipment

Stones or a sharpening strop may be used for maintaining the edges of your tools.

It is very important that the edges be maintained, if you want to continue to make high quality carvings or other projects.

The Workbench

Any sturdy table may be used as a workbench.

As long as the height is comfortable or can be adjusted to accommodate sitting or standing.

Buying a specialized workbench specifically for woodworking is not necessary, but the specialized workbenches typically come with screws or wenches to hold a piece in place.

This allows for work to be done with both hands.

Sometimes you can find bigger Used Tools such as work benches and other machinery for sale online or at auctions for very reasonable prices.


A mallet is something like a hammer, but with a larger head that allows for driving a chisel or other tool into the wood, without damaging the blade.

Mallets may also be used to drive in dowels or to pound other wooden pieces together, without damaging the wood.

The head may be made of rubber or wood.

You may find the need for other small tools, as time goes by.

But, as long as you have the basic tools for working wood at your workbench, you can carve to your heart's content.

As your hobby progresses remember to keep your eyes open for smaller as well as larger Used Wood Working Tools and machinery.

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