hobby woodworking is growing at an astounding rate in Southern Africa. But what is the basic set of quality tools you need to get started? We’re talking about good products that will last, but not break the bank. The guys at BPM Toolcraft ( toolcraft. co.za) helped us to answer this all-important question.
Assuming you already have a tape measure, a sharp pencil, and a partner with a long list of projects, we suggest you start with ten items: (1) Table saw (small and portable), (2) random orbit sander (125 mm diameter disc), (3) compound mitre saw (also small and portable), (4) router, (5) jigsaw, (6) simple joinery system, (7) accurate square, (8) basic set of four bench chisels, (9) workbench, (10) general hand saw.
With this comprehensive collection of tools, you can really build almost anything you want out of wood. When it comes to actual tool recommendations for those of you who might be starting out, invest in these: