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My Tools for Woodworking and Creating Content

I get asked a lot about what kind of woodworking tools I use in my shop and content (blog, YouTube, social) tools I use in my office.  Here is what I use and what works for me.  And let me be clear, these aren’t the tools I started with.  I’ve built up this collection over 10+ years and upgraded along the way.  I’ve also bought many of the larger tools on Craigslist at significant discounts to the prices you see.  I always suggest checking your local Craigslist for deals first.

The links I’m providing are mostly affiliate links.  You pay the same price and it helps support my site. Thanks!

Woodworking Tools

Large Power Tools
Tablesaw – Sawstop Industrial 5hp
Jointer – 8″ Jet JJ-8CS
Bandsaw – Rikon 10-325
Planer – Ridgid TP13000 (HD link) *
Drum Sander – SuperMax 19-38
Dust Collector – Delta 50-760 *
Air Cleaner – JDS 750 *

Handheld Power Tools
18V Combo Kit – Ridgid Gen5X (HD link)
12V Drill/Driver – Ridgid 12V (HD link)
Impact Driver – Ridgid Stealth (HD link)
Cordless Brad Nailer – Ridgid 18ga (HD link)
Cordless Sander – Ridgid Gen5X (HD link)
Palm Impact Driver – Ridgid 12V (HD link)
Air Brad Nailer – Ridgid 18ga (HD link)
Trim Router 1 – Ridgid Compact (HD link)
Trim Router 2 – Bosch Colt
Table-mounted Router – Porter Cable 7518
Orbit Sander – Porter Cable 333k *

Clamps
Parallel clamps – Jet 40″, 24″, 12″
F-clamps – Bessey 12″, 6″
Spring clamps – Bessey Vario
Face clamps – Kreg Face clamp
Right angle pocket clamp – Kreg clamp
Web clamp – Bessey Vario

Benchtop Power Tools
Miter Saw – Ridgid 12″ (HD link)
Spindle Sander – Ridgid OSS (HD link)
Drill Press – Harbor Freight Benchtop
Midi Lathe – Rikon 70-100
Sharpening System – Worksharp 3000

Shop Accessories
Large Pocket Hole Jig – Kreg K4
Medium Pocket Hole Jig – Kreg R3
Small Pocket Hole Jig – Kreg Mini
Dust mask – 3M 6500 (medium)
Mask filters (dust) – 3M 2097
Mask filters (VOC) – 3M 6001 with prefilter
Ear protection – 3M Worktunes
Glue bottle – FastCap Glu-Bot
Tablesaw Push block – MicroJig Grr-Ripper
Jointer Push block – MicroJig Grr-Rip Block
Dado blade – Freud SD208
Tablesaw blade – Freud 50 tooth combo
Miter Saw blade – Diablo 80 tooth
Sanding block – Hook and Loop 5″
Shop vacuum – Ridgid WD4070 (HD link)

Adhesives & Finish
Poly Finish – Arm-R-Seal Satin
Outdoor finish – Helmsman Spar Urethane
Cutting Boards – Mineral Oil / Beeswax Blend
Glue – Titebond II
Super Glue – Loctite 

If my tool is discontinued it will have a * after it.  RIDGID tools should be purchased through Home Depot (HD link) to easily get the warranty.  Some RIDGID tools were provided for free, but I’ve been using RIDGID tools since 2002 and think they’re a great value for a great tool.

Software, Web Tools, Camera and Video Equipment

Software/Web Tools
Domain – GoDaddy domains
Hosting – GoDaddy WordPress Hosting
Alternate Hosting – BlueHost
Plans – Sketchup
Annotations – SnagIt 12
Picture/Video editing – Adobe Suite
Stickers – Sticker Mule
Pinterest Scheduler – Tailwind

Camera/Video Equipment
Main Camera – Canon 70D
General Lens – Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8
Finish shot lens – Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM
Wide Angle lens – Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 STM
Memory Card – 64gb Sandisk
Umbrella Lighting – Limo Studio Kit
Shotgun Camera Mic – Shure VP83
USB Microphone – Blue Ice Snowball
Skype/web cam – Logitech C920