Which of These Items Would You Find in a Wood Shop Class?

By: Ian Fortey
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Coping saw Even though it looks like a small hacksaw, this is actually for precision woodwork. Do you know what it is?
Rasp
Coping saw
Coping saws are the tool you'll be using in woodshop when you need to cut those detailed shapes and curves into your project. They actually date back to the 1500s when fine, flexible blades were first able to be produced. This is not a super easy tool to use right off the bat and will require a bit of practice to master.
Awl
T-bevel

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Tape measure Which of these helps you figure out where to make your cuts?
Tape measure
There's an old saying among people who work with wood that goes "measure twice, cut once." You need to measure and then remeasure with your tape measure so you don't make a cut you can't undo.
T-bevel
Level
Miter

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Chisel Do you know which simple tool can help carve or clean?
Nail set
Router
Chisel
A chisel, or more appropriately a set of chisels, can help you do some old-fashioned wood carving as well as marking the wood for cuts. Not only that, but when you need to clean cuts and joins, they're pretty handy to fit in those tight spaces.
Rasp

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Band saw When it comes to cutting curves in lumber of almost any size, what should you look for?
Band saw
Band saws do a lot of the same kind of cutting a table saw could do, but their strength comes from their ability to do irregular cuts that most other saws cannot. One of the biggest drawbacks of a bandsaw is the actual saw, which is a band of metal, that can stress and break pretty easily (in fact, that's what made them hard to produce after they were invented in the early 1800s).
Router
Jointer
Bench grinder

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Claw hammer Which of these is probably the most commonly found tool in every woodshop in the world?
Push stick
Awl
Carpenter's mallet
Claw hammer
A claw hammer is the bare-bones most basic tool you'll ever find in a shop. Though hammers are some of the oldest tools in the history of tools in general, claw hammer sonly date back to the early 1500s or so. Arguably, no one needed a claw hammer until they had nails that could be pried out of wood with one.

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Metal detector This tool is handy if you're using scrap wood to make sure it's safe. What is it?
Router
Metal detector
A handheld metal detector isn't the kind of thing some people expect to find in a shop, but when you're learning about safety procedures, it can be invaluable. If a piece of wood has been used before, for instance, this will help you find any hidden nails or staples.
Bench grinder
Orbital sander

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Sandpaper Which of these is going to keep things smooth?
Jig
Pushing stick
Feather board
Sandpaper
Though there are lots of kinds of power sanders out there, a simple piece of sandpaper is all you need in a pinch to smooth off a rough edge or surface. Sandpaper has been around since the 13th century when it was made with things like crushed shells as an abrasive.

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Utility knife Which of these handy tools will scribe your wood for you?
Utility knife
A utility knife is useful in any trade, but you'll probably find it in a woodshop class where it can be used to score wood, scribe it, and also clean out tight spaces like mortise joints (which may have dust or glue residue).
Ka-blade
Ripsaw
Chisel

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Tool board Do you know which of these is pretty essential for keeping things organized?
Work desk
Miter box
Tool board
Every shop class has one of these, whether it's a pegboard or something a little more in-depth. Whatever the case, this is the board that all the hand tools are attached to and need to be returned to just to keep the place neat and organized.
Feather board

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Power drill Do you know which versatile hand tool will make all the quick holes you need in the class?
Drill press
Power scribe
Belt sander
Power drill
A power drill is the tool you need when a drill press is a little too advanced for what you're doing, or you're drilling in something you just can't put on the press. The added bonus of a power drill is that there are numerous attachments you can swap out from larger sizes to driver bits.

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Jigsaw Which of these tools is great for cutting shapes and curves?
Hack saw
Sabre Saw
Jigsaw
Jigsaw puzzles have that name for a reason as a jigsaw is pretty handy at cutting curved and intricated shapes in ways many other saws can't. The thing to watch out for is trying to cut those shapes too quickly or at too sharp an angle, which can lead to an abundance of snapped jigsaw blades.
Sawzall

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Feather board You'll want this piece of safety equipment when you use something like a band saw. What is it?
Feather board
A feather board is a tool that keeps your hands away from the cutting blade as much as possible when working with a saw. It applies pressure to the wood you're working with while letting you keep a safe distance from the actual surface being cut.
Set square
T-bevel
Grinding ramp

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Safety glasses Protect yourself from flying debris with this. What is it?
Bifocals
Wood scopes
Safety glasses
No work should ever be done in a shop class without first using safety glasses to protect your eyes from wood chips, broken saw blades and more. Some saw blades can move at speeds of up to 50,000 rpm. You don't want that coming near an unprotected eye!
Atomizes

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Nail set If you want a smooth surface when you're finished assembling your project, you'll need to use these. What are they?
Nail set
A nail set isn't a set of nails despite the name. They're used to punch a nail into the wood so that they're either perfectly flush or just below the wood surface. The surface can be filled, smoothed and painted, and if it's done right, you'll never know a nail was even there.
Awls
Punch kit
Driver set

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T-bevel When it comes to setting an angle or transferring it from one piece to another, this is the tool you'll need. What is it?
Combination square
Router
T-bevel
A sliding T-bevel looks a bit like a small teeter-totter on a handle and can be locked in place once you've set it to the angle you want, allowing you to easily measure and mark angles from one part of a project to another.
Jointer

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Screwdrivers You'll likely have at least 5 or 6 different ones of these in the class. What are they?
Nail set
Push sticks
Screwdrivers
You can do some woodwork without screwdrivers but not a whole lot of it. There are actually over a dozen different kinds of screwdrivers you can use, though usually only 3 or 4 get used most often.
Chisels

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Level Which of these will ensure you cut something straight and even?
Level
A level is pretty essential to woodworking, especially if you're assembling furniture, to make sure things are flat and even and, well, level. Spirit levels, the kind with a bubble in liquid, were actually invented way back in 1661. Why do they call them spirit levels? The bubble was in spirits or alcohol.
Planer
Calipers
Jointer

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Miter box If you're not sure how straight you can saw some wood, this could help. What is it?
Block plane
Bench grinder
Miter box
Miter boxes are like an assistant in the woodshop who can hold things exceptionally straight and allow for cutting on perfect angles. You can buy them in hardware stores, but back in the day, carpenters just used to make their own out of scrap wood.
Combination square

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Bench grinder What might your shop teacher use to sharpen a chisel?
Belt sander
Bench grinder
A bencher grinder is a small power tool fixed to a bench that you'd most likely use to sharpen the edge of some tools that see a lot of work and end up dull from overuse. You can swap the wheel for something that polishes also, but that's not super necessary for woodwork.
Jointer
T-bevel

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Rasp This hand tool can help shape the edges or smooth uneven planes. What is it?
Rasp
A rasp looks like an extremely aggressive nail file and, oddly, you can use it for that purpose if you're a farrier and have a horse that needs a hoof trim. In woodwork, it offers some finer control when you're shaping wood by removing excess and grating down corners.
Jointer
Awl
Drawknife

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Pencil Which of these is pretty integral to taking notes and measurements?
Scriber
Awl
Penknife
Pencil
No one should ever even start doing woodwork without a pencil handy. Whether it's scribing the wood, taking down numbers for measurements or drawing a quick sketch of what you're working on, everyone needs a pencil!

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Jointer Which of these tools ensures your board is flat?
Combination square
Jointer
Woods warps; that's a fact. It's also cut unevenly sometimes. A jointer can remove the bends and arches in wood and give you a flat piece that you can then smooth out fully with a planer if you want to.
Back puller
Auto wedge

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Router Do you know which of these tools is a bit like a cross between a drill and a saw?
Orbital sander
Calipers
Router
Routers are almost exclusively power tools in the shop these days, but there are non-powered versions that are just not as easy to use. When you're shaping wood like cabinet doors, a router is key for those fast and efficient shaping cuts and edges.
Set divider

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Push sticks You can make these easily out of scrap wood. What are they?
Nail set
Push sticks
There's no secret meaning behind what a push stick is: it's a stick for pushing. When you need to get in close to a bandsaw or a router or whatever other dangerous tools you're using, push sticks will push that project closer while keeping your hands at a safe distance.
Driver bit
Feather boards

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Saber saw Do you know which of these isn't used for accuracy so much as convenience?
Saber saw
A saber saw is a lot like a jigsaw that's been reformatted. Instead of cutting down, it cuts out. This allows you to use it to get into some tighter areas when you need to trim off an end of a plank or get a wedge out and accuracy and finesse aren't super important to the work.
Buzzsaw
Bandsaw
Circular saw

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Block plane When your piece of wood is a little too wide, you can trim it with this tool. What is it?
Table saw
Miter box
Base cutter
Block plane
A block plane looks like a piece of office equipment, but it does have a blade embedded in the underside to allow you to shave off thin bits of wood. You'd use this after you did the main cuts but found you needed a few more finishing touches to get it just right.

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Palm sander You need this to smooth your project in a hurry. What is it?
Palm sander
A palm sander is just a small orbital sander that adds the power of power tools to the very mundane practice of sanding wood. You can always use a flat orbital sander, a disc sander, a belt sander or a few other kinds.
Calipers
Hand saw
Router

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Combination square What is this tool that looks like a ruler but measures a number of things?
T-bevel
Miter
Combination square
Clearly a combination square can measure length like any ruler, but it can also measure angles, depth, the center of circles and even give you a decent idea of whether or not something is level.
Fleming scale

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Stain Which of these will protect your finished product and also make it look nicer?
Wood glue
Flux
Stain
Wood stain is like paint but preserves that natural look of the wood grain while also sealing it at the same time. It helps protect against water or humidity, which can warp your wood and make it ugly.
Feather board

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Calipers From inside to outside, this measures everything with incredible precision. But what is it?
F-clamp
Block plane
Router
Calipers
Precision calipers are for some serious woodworking that's done right. These help you measure something like the diameter of a drilled hole down to the smallest fraction of an inch — 1/1000th of an inch, in fact!

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Shop Vac Do you know what you should be used to clean up at the end of every class?
Dust bin
Shop vac
Tools for creating are important, but so is general shop upkeep and maintenance, which means you need that shop vac to clean up. This is actually more important than you might think, since a build-up of sawdust is not just messy but bad for your lungs and a fire hazard.
Miter box
Block plane

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Drill press What would you use when you need accurate and consistent holes?
Drill press
A hand drill is great for some tasks, but a drill press is a great addition to any shop class that affords you some next-level control. Clamp down your wood, and you can drill some precision holes of almost any size through any kind of wood.
Orbital sander
Scroll saw
Jig

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Wood glue If used correctly, this can make a strong permanent bond. What is it?
Flux
Wood solder
Wood glue
Wood glue is remarkably helpful for bonding two pieces, say the joints at the edge of a frame, where something like nails or screws just wouldn't work. A lot of wood glue is formulated in a way that lets it fill into gaps so you only need a tiny bit to make a fairly strong bond.
Putty

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Hand saw What tool is a shop teacher likely to make you use for simple cuts just so you can learn?
Hand saw
A simple hand saw is one of the old school essentials for a woodshop. Even Ancient Egyptians used these. Sure, most power tools can replace them easily, but you don't always have access to power tools; it's good to learn how to handle the basic version.
Sabre saw
Chainsaw
Hacksaw

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Safety gloves These are often made from reinforced leather or even kevlar. What are they?
Line pullers
Oven mitts
Bracers
Safety gloves
Any shop needs safety gloves, but in a woodshop, you're going to want the kind that are reinforced and cut resistant for those times when your hand gets too close to a blade. There could be upwards of a dozen different kinds of power saws in a woodshop, so it's good to be prepared and safe.

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Workbench What surface will a woodshop class have for you to use to get your projects done?
Desk
Workbench
A workbench is pretty much essential for any work in a woodshop. Sometimes this will just be a very simple bench, while others might have built-in clamps as well as a power supply or tool storage to make the job a little easier.
Tool board
Flatiron

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Miter saw Do you know which of these is good for crosscuts?
Skill saw
Flux
Miter saw
When you learn about crosscuts and angled in woodshop class, you'll be doing them with a miter saw. Saw you're making a wooden picture frame, for instance. The joints where two sides meet is probably going to be cut on a 45-degree angle. A miter saw is a perfect tool for that crosscut.
Band saw

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Clamps Your woodworking class probably has a whole bunch of these. What are they?
Clamps
A simple clamp is a remarkably important tool in woodworking. You can hardly glue anything and expect it to stay together without clamping it. Likewise, any assembly or cutting at all that requires a steady piece of wood is going to need a clamp. It makes things safer and more efficient!
T-bevels
Set squares
Planers

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Table saw You can move the blade up and down on this tool. Do you know it?
Awl
Table saw
Few tools are more common in a woodshop class than the table saw. If you have no other power saw available, you pretty much need this one, which makes cutting larger pieces of wood, especially many pieces, fairly quick and efficient. These kinds of saws were patented back in the 1700s.
Jointer
Coping saw

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Jig Which tool is going to help you to make the exact same precise cuts and holes again and again?
Linesman pliers
Hacksaw
Jig
Jigs come in many different shapes and sizes but are essentially reusable templates. Some can be purchased from stores like Home Depot, and they've been made of plastic and steel, while a woodworker can also make their own for specific tasks. They'll help you make the same angled cuts or drill holes, for instance.
Hammerdrill

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