Woodworking comes with a whole catalogue of specialist tools. Opt for the right saws, chisels, planes and sanding tools to get the best finish.
General purpose tools
These general purpose tools are useful for the most common woodworking jobs, such as hanging doors and fixing architraves and skirting.
Often made from solid beech, a carpenter's mallet is specially designed for use with a chisel.
The broad jaws of pliers are perfect for removing nails - just grip and roll the nail out of the surface. Some pincers are also equipped with a tack lifter in the handle.
Use a try square mark up and cut timber square, or to check the accuracy of right angles.
Use to accurately cut out recesses when hanging doors, for lifting floorboards and shaping wood.
When choosing the right saw for a job, consider the tooth size of the blade – measured in teeth per inch (tpi). The smaller the teeth, the more suitable the saw will be for detailed or precision work. Opt for large teeth for cutting large piece of timber and chipboard, and smaller teeth for architraves, mouldings and flooring.
Dry wall saw (or plasterboard or pad or jab saw)
A pad saw is used to cut curves and enlarge holes in timber. Some have interchangeable blades for cutting plasterboard, too.
Designed to cut accurately into or across floorboards, a floorboard saw is invaluable when working with solid wood floors. Look for those with teeth on the curved end of the saw blade to make starting the cut easier.
General purpose or universal saw
Used for cutting a wide range of materials including timber, chipboard and in some cases laminates and plastics. An ideal option if you are looking for one tool to complete many tasks, consider the number of teeth per inch to help choose a saw better suited to heavy duty jobs or more detailed tasks.
The perfect device for cutting 45 degree and 90 degree mitres in all types of wood and plaster mouldings. Available in plastic or wood - and in different sizes, too. A mitre box supports a tenon saw enabling accurate cutting.
One of the backsaw family - all of which have a stiffened metal top edge - the tenon saw has fine teeth, making it ideal for precision woodworking and joinery.
Planing and smoothing
Match the size of your plane to the task in hand - choose a larger plane when smoothing larger pieces of wood as this will help to remove all the high spots of the timber first.
The jack plane is a good all-purpose plane, used for shaving fine layers off the surface of wood to smooth and reduce it.
More compact than a jack plane, the smoothing plane gives your wood a finer finish.
To smooth flat surfaces or square edges, wrap abrasive paper around a flat-based sanding block (often made of cork) and grip the paper with your fingers as you work.