8 non-woodworking tools for woodworkers
I spent last week building a fence for my bandsaw. In the process I had to cut a few bolts to length with a hacksaw. Not really a big deal, but it made me think about what other “non-woodworking” tools I use in my woodworking. I found eight that are not traditional tools for wood, but I use them all the time.
- Hacksaw: Cuts steel for jigs and shop furniture
- Putty knife: I use it for removing glue squeeze-out. I sharpened mine on a skew to make it better suited to get into tight spaces, but you can buy knives that are already skewed.
- Wax paper: It’s great for protecting my benchtop during a glue-up.
- Scissors: They cut the wax paper (and other paper goods) to size.
- Flashlight: My shop has some dark corners and crevices; the flashlight helps me find dropped screws and other hardware, which always seem to roll into those dark areas. The light is also useful to help me see if I have gaps in joinery, like through dovetails (my eyes ain’t what they used to be, and they weren’t much to start with).
- Sill sealing insulation: I had a roll of this left over from a home project. I tape this stuff to my benchtop to cushion a workpiece as I put the final touches on it (chamfering edges, smoothing) or finish it. I’ve also wrapped finished work in it for transport.
- Radio/CD player: Gotta have some tunes, though it’s also nice to listen to a baseball or football game, too.
- Coffee mug: Gotta have some caffeine.
What non-woodworking tools do you use?
Heavy metal or easy listening.
Fill 'er up!
For hack jobs...
Scrapes glue on the cheap.
Can't handle rocks, but paper, yes.
Pillow material for furniture.
Makes the shop feel like the set of CSI.