The Top 3 Bench Tools for Your Workshop

If you are considering outfitting a home workshop here are the most common and versatile specialty machines you will want to have.

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dual-Wheel Bench Grinders

The high-speed, rotating wheels on bench grinders are used for sharpening and maintaining tools. One wheel of this grinder is suitable for rough grinding, while the other is for finishing or fine grinding. Dual-wheel grinders have varying designs: some may have wet and dry grinding wheels, while in others the second wheel may be replaced by a belt sander mounted in a fixed position on the grinder body. Always bolt the grinder securely to a fixed workbench.

Table Saw

Essentially a table-mounted circular saw, a table saw is designed to make straight cuts in wood that you feed toward the blade. The blade can be angled for mitered cuts and the height adjusted to make a variety of other cuts. Most manufacturers supply a push stick, which is used to guide materials across the saw table and is most useful with smaller items rather than larger sheet materials.

Band Saw

This is perhaps the most versatile of all workshop saws and can be used to make many different types of cuts — much like a fixed version of the jigsaw. Using a band saw is straightforward, but take the time to familiarize yourself with the adjustment and setting guides before you start. Some resetting is required each time you change blades. To avoid mistakes, check that everything is adjusted correctly each time you cut. Mount a band saw on either a workbench or the stand supplied by the manufacturer.

Next Up

Drywall Tools and Prep

Find the essential tools needed for installing drywall.

8 Essential Wood Refinishing Tools and Supplies

A refinishing expert provides the lowdown on the basic products you'll need for your next refinishing project.

Wallpapering: Tools, Prep and Planning

Learn the best tools to use, the different types of wallpaper, how to cut wallpaper and where in the room to start papering.

Wire and Metal Cutting Tools

Check out the variety of tools that can be used to cut through wire and metal materials.

How to Care for Lawn and Garden Tools

Get tips on keeping your garden tools rust-free, sharpened and mechanically sound.

The Essential Power Tools

There are few things that feel more empowering for the do-it-yourselfer than power tools. Following is a list of useful power tools to consider when outfitting a workshop.

Stationary Power Tool Tips

There are three crucial pieces of equipment in a woodshop: the jointer, table saw and the band saw. Check out tips and advice on using and placing these core power tools.

How to Set Up Ladders as Scaffolding and Renting Access Equipment

Learn the correct way to use a ladder and how to use two ladders as a platform. Also, find out the different types of access equipment that can be rented.