Manual Wood Working Tools

Having a few manual wood working tools is always a good idea. We may not always be fortunate enough to have electric tools or access to their power. If you don’t have wood working skills, getting yourself some tools may inspire your inner wood worker.

I have some manual wood working tools I picked up about eight years ago. I always admired log furniture and green wood working. Having these skills in a SHTF scenario will make you a very valuable asset. You can use wood working skills as a bartering item and wood will cost most of us little or nothing to get.

Some of the more useful wood working tools are:

  • Hand saw- To cut lumber
  • Back saw- To cut finer pieces
  • Hatchet- For quick shaping
  • Draw Knife- Thinning of wood
  • Brace and Bits- Making holes
  • Coping saw- To cut shapes
  • Square- Will keep things square
  • Hammer- This can usually be a mallet made of wood
  • Awl- Used to Premark holes or points to cut
  • Chisels- Used to chip and cut wood, get a good collection
  • Measuring Tape- For measuring
  • Hand Plane- Used to thin or shape wood
  • Rasps- These are used to shape wood, similar to sandpaper
  • Marking Gauge- Will mark wood, used as a guide for cutting
  • Wood working table- For storing tools and it’s something to work on
  • Shaving horse- Holds wood in place, it acts like a third hand


All these tools will make your wood working easier and most of these tools will be used on all wood working jobs you do. Adding more tools will make your projects easier but may be considered luxuries at this point.

Seeing a selection like this may be overwhelming to someone not familiar with wood working. Take it slowly and buy these tools one at a time. You can even make a skills reward deal with yourself. Buy a tool from this list then learn to use it. Once you feel you have a good understanding of the tool, its time to buy the next tool.

By far the most important wood working tool is your table. A good wood working table won’t shake and will hold your work pieces for you with some sort of vice. You’ll have a terrible time trying to work wood when it’s rocking and shifting. You can end up hurting yourself, ruining the work piece, and it will take much longer if the piece you are working on is moving.

The most important skill you need for most of these tools is knowledge on sharpening. Only sharp tools make nice wood working. You will also get cut when trying to force dull tools. Sharp is safe and dull is just dumb!

I know this looks like a long list and I could probably use a pocket knife to do the work of 80% of the tools listed. I could also starve to death before I whittled a bowl and spoon with my pocket knife. When you have the right tool for the job you can make a better barter for your time.

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