Modern Tools for Wood Working

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Woodworking it a time honored tradition all around the world and is celebrated as artwork by true masters of the trade. This kind of craftsmanship comes with experience, but there are tools that help perfect the process even for the amateur or novice.


At Leicester Carpentry in Leicester we have an extensive set of tools, Here are just a few and how they are used:

The Table Saw

The table saw is a key tool in wood working as this is how you create the desired width and length of the material for your project. There are many options to choose from, The 250mm blade is most common, though a 210mm might work for you. Some saws come with an extended table or an extendable table that slides out for better stability of the material in the cutting process. There are models that range from £79 to £350. This tool is particuarly useful for bespoke fitted furniture and getting exact measurements spot on.

Thicknesser Planer


The next step in preparing your materials is the thickness, so having a thicknesser planer on hand is a fabulous idea. This creates a smooth surface on your material while cutting it to the desired thickness. They are available in many widths and power ranges. The cost varies from £100 to several thousand pounds, depending on what you choose.


A router can be used to shape the edges of cabinetry doors, the outer edges of tables, or even in creating baseboards and door trim. A router can also be used to notch the back of a picture frame, or a cabinet door frame that is made for glass inserts. Bits can be purchased as single or in kits. The price for a router ranges from £40 to £200.

The Compound Miter Saw

A compound miter saw is a great asset for getting perfectly fitted, angled cuts. Most saws have preset locking positions at 90, 45, and 22.5 degrees for the perfect cut every time. You can purchase a decent saw between £60 and £150.

Biscuit Joiner

A biscuit joiner is very helpful on projects where two pieces of wood will be joined along the length of the board, such as a tabletop or a cabinet door. What it does is accurately cut a notch in the side of the boards at a pre-marked position so that a biscuit can be glued and inserted into one side, and the two or more boards can be pressed together and clamped to dry. A joiner can be expected to cost around £50 to £90.

We hope this will give you an idea of what you to expert from perfect your craftsmanship on your next project!

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