Jarrett June, Stony Point, NY carpenter, discusses top investments for woodworking hobbyists

Carpenter Jarrett June of Stony Point NY says there are a few essential hand tools all beginning woodworkers need in their shop.

STONY POINT, NEW YORK, December 22, 2021 — Starting out in woodworking can seem intimidating due to the variety of tools available. To minimize the stress of beginning, Jarrett June, a Stony Point, NY carpenter and woodworking enthusiast, recommends an assortment of basic hand tools to build on as interest evolves.

For some beginners, the particulars of a first project or specific interest path may lead to an additional investment or two, but these are core pieces for any shop.

Jarrett June’s Stony Point, NY shop contains these basics


A quality workbench is an investment, so for a beginner less serious about the hobby, a do-it-yourself model can be the way to go. However, the dedicated enthusiast should look for a hardwood workbench decked out with vices, capable of being leveled, tool storage, easy access from all angles and a big work surface according to Jarrett June of Stony Point, NY. This not only helps with logistics but also provides a firm foundation for projects.


Chisels are essential for precise woodworking. For the beginner, a set of bevel-edge chisels are ready to assist in shaping pieces, paring and carving.


A mallet is another essential for gentle tapping of both pieces and tools, and this investment pays off over time by protecting other tool investments, particularly those with wood handles, from the impact of a traditional hammer.


An antique handsaw is always a good investment, but for those going modern, look for a Japanese pull saw for the most precise cuts in the shop.


Per Jarrett June Stony Point NY, clamps are the tool woodworkers eventually have dozens of, and it will still not be enough. Clamps act as an extra set of hands, help with gluing, secure projects in progress and more. Consider starting with a small assortment of clamps of various types and sizes, including bar clamps and pipe clamps.

Measuring and marking tools

How many measuring tools a woodworker needs really depends on the scope of projects according to June.  A combination square is a must for nailing right angles and 45-degree angles. Add a marking knife and a marking gauge for drawing lines. For larger projects, other rulers, yardsticks or the traditional measuring tape are essential.


A hand smoothing plane is ideal for a beginner who does not want to sink too much into equipment costs at the start. A quality planer is good for the beginner to intermediate level. After it is mastered and woodworking becomes a passion, stepping up is OK.

Other basics

Sandpaper is another essential for finishing pieces, and tool sharpeners are required as well as particular needs for various projects, like stain and wood glue. The average shop also possesses a variety of power tools for streamlining tasks. For the beginner’s needs, examine a power drill, circular saw and a router for shaving off time on big projects.

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