Set-up a Woodworking Shop | Critical Tools

– Set up your own home workshop. We'll walk you through the gear you'll need to build a woodworking shop from scratch. In this video, Jim goes over essential power tools and the basic gear required for furniture building.


  1. Good video! Still with the audio channel problem.

  2. Thanks for this informative video , I have all ready got a wood shop but
    this video should help anyone new to wood working

  3. Very nice videos , they really helped me out! I appreciate people that do
    this kind of things , they really help out those who are about start. 

  4. Of all the items listed I would have to say the bisquit cutter should be
    way down on the list, How many first time woodworkers are building tables
    and such that they need one? Learn how to use dowels as I did 60 years

  5. I;m curious if a scroll saw could replace the circular saw and
    jigsaw/bandsaw in a small shop.

  6. Just a quick passing note. The proper name of the tool, including your
    Porter-Cable version, is “circular saw.” The name SKIL refers to a single
    company, while SKILSAW refers to the saws from that company. Using those
    names generically would be like using “Ford” to refer to all automobiles.

  7. +Dwight Stewart He should explain to everyone he is telling how to set up a
    furniture shop. I make very little furniture and never used anything but
    dowels till I found pocket screws. Please Justify the expense of a bisquit
    cutter if it is used but twice a year if that much. Lot people waste money
    because it is cool. He will really love the thing when he sells it.

  8. +Gary Finger Okay, lets get real here. Beyond the reality that
    virtually every woodworker will build furniture (for the shop, home, etc)
    at some point, the methods used in that obviously have far wider
    application than just furniture.
    Further, the fact that you’ve closed your mind to the benefits of biscuit
    joinery doesn’t mean everyone has. Biscuit joinery is a fast, strong,
    invisible, and very forgiving method of joining wood. Pieces can be
    adjusted slightly during assembly and the resulting bond is very robust. I
    use this method to construct wooden ammo boxes which support substantial
    weight under less-than-ideal field conditions.
    At this point, my dowel and pocket hole paraphernalia (guides, screws,
    dowels, etc) go unused for much of the year. Since I could easily do
    without either of those two (using other joints for pieces too small for
    biscuits), that was more likely my unnecessary waste of money.

  9. +Dwight Stewart Please I would like to see a book case with shelves using
    biscuits to hold the shelves. I built a large bookcase 15 years ago in a
    very small show with no table saw, but what Idid is use dowels for each of
    the 7 shelves so I could just remove the screws (1 per shelf) then slip the
    sides off the dowels that hold the shelves, Just how the hell do I build a
    bookcase and use biscuits to held the shelves and remove them when moving
    the beast? Now when I needed wood wider than 8 inch I went to yard and
    purchased them already put together,

  10. +Gary Finger Guy, spend two minutes looking around this website and
    you’ll find exactly that – bookcases made using biscuit joinery. Biscuits
    can also be applied without glue (wet and allowed to swell into the
    sockets), allowing for disassembly afterwards. As for your bookcase shelves
    sitting on dowels, that’s not wood joinery. I’ve had enough argument.
    There’s nothing wrong with your methods, just as there’s nothing wrong with
    biscuit joinery. Have a nice day.

  11. In reply to Dwight Stewart (for some reason it wont let me reply directly),
    I, like you am “that guy” that always has to point out something thats not
    100% correct. As an Electrician/Carpenter/Handyman I hate when people ask
    me to use my “kleins”, even though I know theyre referring to my linemen, I
    usually will respond with which Kleins? I have a toolbag full. I’ve
    enlightened people on “sawzall”, how its a name copyrighted by Milwaukee,
    reciprocating saw is the proper name. With that being said I think sawzall
    and skilsaw are ok in the workplace and challenging them is going
    overboard. Your argument of “Ford/automobiles” isnt really the same, it is,
    but it isnt, he isnt, in a shop full of circular saws, so he is obviously
    talking about the porter cable, unlike when someone ask for my Kleins. Same
    reason I let sawzall pass. I’m always playing devils advocate though, here
    someone who is like me and I have to make a counter point.

  12. Is there a difference between a circular saw and a skill saw?

  13. +Dwight Stewart Like Kleenex and tissues.

  14. +trejund Exactly. We probably all do it, but obviously shouldn’t.

  15. +FurnitureWorkshop can you give me a model of a table saw that you think is
    a good one? I would like something under 600ish.

  16. +Dwight Stewart Or Kleenex for all facial tissue… or JELLO for all
    gelatin desserts…

  17. +Jackson McCoy No Skil is a name brand.

  18. No miter saw?

  19. Love this video

  20. actually i believe tests have shown biscuit joinery adds no substantial

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