Tools that I use

I get asked a lot about what kind of woodworking tools I use in my shop, for content creation, and in the office — here is what I use and what works for me:

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 or Facebook Marketplace for deals.

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Woodworking Tools

Large Power Tools

Jointer – 8″ Jet JJ-8CS
Bandsaw – 14″ Steel Bandsaw
Planer – JET 13″ Benchtop
Drum Sander – JET 18-36
Dust Collector – JET 3hp Cyclone
Air Cleaner – Powermatic PM1250
Router Table – JET Cast Iron Top
Tablesaw – Sawstop Industrial 5hp
Pocket  Hole Machine – Kreg Foreman
CNC Machine – Inventables X-Carve


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

Handheld Power Tools

Track Saw – Kreg ACS
20V Drill/Driver Set – DeWalt Atomic
12V Hydaulic Impact – Milwaukee M12 Surge
Hammer Drill – DeWalt XRP
Cordless Brad Nailer – Milwaukee M18 Gen2
Dustless Sanding System – Mirka Deros 6″ System
18ga Brad Nailer – Milwaukee M18
Paint Sprayer – Wagner Flexio 5000
Trim Router 1 – Ridgid Compact (HD link)
Table-mounted Router – Porter Cable 7518
Orbit Sander – Porter Cable 333k*

Benchtop Power Tools

Miter Saw – Ridgid 12″ (HD link)
Spindle Sander – Ridgid OSS (HD link)
Drill Press – JET 12″ with DRO
Midi Lathe – JET 1221VS
Sharpening System – Worksharp 3000

Adhesives & Finish

Poly Finish – TotalBoat Halcyon Clear (10% off with code: FIXTHISTB)
Outdoor finish – TotalBoat Lust Matte (10% off with code: FIXTHISTB)
Cutting Boards – Mineral Oil / Beeswax Blend
Epoxy General Use – TotalBoat 2:1 (10% off with code: FIXTHISTB)
Glue – Titebond II
Super Glue – Starbond CA

Shop Accessories

Large Pocket Hole Jig – Kreg K4
Medium Pocket Hole Jig – Kreg R3
Dust Respirator – 3M 6500 (medium)
Mask filters (dust) – 3M 2097
Mask filters (VOC) – 3M 6001 with prefilter
Hearing protection – ISOtunes Bluetooth Earbuds (10% off with code: FTBT)
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 Premier Fusion
Miter Saw blade – Diablo 100 tooth
Sanding block – Hook and Loop 5″
Shop vacuum – Fein Turbo Vac
Flush Cut Saw – Bear Saw
No-Mar Countersink Bit – Amana

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.

Software, Web Tools, Camera and Video Equipment


My Editing Computer – Build Article
Current Web Hosting – BigScoots
Entry Level Web Hosting – BlueHost
Website Domain – GoDaddy domains
Business Cash Back Card – Chase Ink Unlimited
CNC Design Software- Easel
Plans – Sketchup
Annotations – SnagIt 12
Picture/Video editing – Adobe Suite
Stickers – Sticker Mule
Pinterest Scheduler – Tailwind
Accounting Software – QB Self Employed
NAS Data Backup – Synology DS1618+
VPN Network Protection – NordVPN

Camera/Video Equipment

Main Camera – Panasonic GH5S
EF Adapter – Metabones Speedbooster Ultra
Main Lens – Sigma art 18-35mm f1.8
Secondary 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
Camera Tripod – Manfrotto 190X
Shotgun Camera Mic – Shure VP83
USB Microphone – Blue Ice Snowball
Skype/web cam – Logitech C920
Wireless lav mic – Sennheiser AVX