The importance of the everyday tool
Woodworking is a series of steps that add up to a finished project. But it’s the attention to detail in these steps that elevates a project to something beautiful and functional. So for the best results it’s important you recognise and value your everyday tools.
What is an everyday tool?
Everyday tools are a collection of items that you just couldn’t work without. Knowing what you need to have to hand means you’ll be prepared for regular tasks and empowered to perform at your best.
Why it's important you know what they are!
Save time - making sure the tools you use everyday are conveniently placed will not only save you time but make your woodworking life easier.
Spend money wisely - knowing what tools are essential to your daily tasks will help you decide on which tools to invest in. Quality items will stand the test of time and have you performing at your best.
What are your everyday tools?
Your tool setup will be as individual as your woodworking style. But, once you’ve identified your core items, ensure they’re top quality as each one is integral to your project's success. Thankfully, we have the best brands for you to choose from, so whether you're still discovering your staples or upgrading your collection we’ll have the right tool for you.
Need a little inspiration?
We invited professional woodworkers Sean Evelegh and Matthew Smith to join our Woodworking Wisdom Tutors and show us their collection of everyday tools.
Woodworking essentials of Matthew Smith from Badger Workshop
A bit about Matthew
Matthew founded Badger Workshop in 2016 and since then has developed huge popularity on social media. He now has over 44,000 followers on YouTube and was the winner of Channel 4 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas Gift in 2018. Matthew likes to work with reclaimed or recycled materials, meaning he produces unique work whilst being as environmentally friendly as possible. Matthew regularly reviews tools on his social channel, so he's very selective when it comes to what tools make it into his toolbox.
Woodturning staples of world-renowned woodturner Colwin Way RPT
- Axminster APF 10 Evolution® Powered Respirator
- Crown Cryo Colwin Way Signature Skew Chisel - 12mm
- Crown Cryo Colwin Way Signature Skew Chisel - 19mm
- Crown Cryo Colwin Way Signature Skew Chisel - 32mm
- Axminster Woodturning Evolution SK114 Chuck Package
- Axminster Woodturning Ring & Centre Point Live Revolving Centre
- Axminster Woodturning Ring Friction Drive
- Robust Comfort Tool Rests
A bit about Colwin
Colwin has been a woodturning tutor with Axminster Tools since 1998 and a professional turner for over 30 years. His interest in woodturning started at school where he first had the chance to use a lathe and has been turning ever since. Colwin's work takes him all over the world, exhibiting and demonstrating; his bowls and figurines are highly sought after and he’s a regular contributor to the Woodturning Magazine. Colwin is so passionate about high-quality tools that he's put his name on some, needless to say, they make his highlights!
Learn more about Colwin's woodturning journey in his Out of the Woodwork Podcast interview.
Fine furniture essentials from Sean Evelegh Fine Woodworking
- Axminster Professional Parallel Jaw Clamp
- Axminster Professional Forged Flat Bar Clamp
- Axminster Professional Power Blade Tape - 5m/16ft
- Axminster Workshop 4 Piece Square Set
- Axminster Professional 64R Rustless Steel Rule
- 3M Peltor X Series Ear Defenders
- O3a Cyanoacrylate Adhesives
- DeWALT DCK266P2T Brushless Combi and Impact Twin Pack 18V (5.0Ah)
- Festool DOMINO DF 500 Q-Set Jointing Machine
A bit about Sean
Sean is an innovative designer and fine woodworker who enjoys designing, making and pushing the limits of woodworking processes. His modern wooden furniture has been featured in prestigious magazines including; House and Gardens, Vogue and The World Of Interiors. You can see Sean at work over on his popular YouTube channel where he shares woodworking tips, projects and tool reviews. You may even recognise Sean from his time hosting Axminster Tools’ Out of the Woodwork podcasts. Sean would describe himself as a creator of modern pieces, informed by traditional methods, but always looking to push the boundaries. In order to explore the limits of his designs he relies on tools with the highest capabilities.
Woodworking must-haves of professional fine woodworker Jason Breach RPT
- Rider Shooting Board
- Japanese Hassunme Crosscut Saw & Rip Saw Blade
- Rider Scary Sharpening Board
- Veritas Deluxe Mk.II Honing Guide Set
- Veritas PM-V11 Bench Chisels
- Rider 4 Piece Curved Cabinet Scraper Set
- Arno Carbide Burnisher
- Veritas Dual Marking Gauge and Shaft Clamp
- Shinwa Try & Mitre Square
- Z-Saw Japanese Hardwood Kataba Saw - 250mm
- Veritas Spokeshave PM-V11 - Flat Sole
A bit about Jason
Jason was introduced to woodturning at the age of 12 and following a BA(Hons) degree in Furniture Design & Management, he worked for several years making furniture and bespoke kitchens. Now known for his aesthetically beautiful, yet functional, wood-turned and carved forms, Jason's work is coveted by collectors around the world. He is regularly featured in The Woodturning magazine. As well as being a Woodworking Wisdom Tutor, Jason works closely with our Axminster Tools product development team. With a particular interest in design, he certainly knows what makes a great tool.
Woodcarving basics of wood artist Ben Beddows
- Antex Fire Writer Pyrography Kit - 230V
- Antex Fire Writer Splitter
- Flexcut SlipStrop c/w Compound
- Flexcut Craft Carver Sets
- Flexcut KN53 Stub Sloyd Knife
- Mechanical Click Pencil Kit - Chrome
- Jeweller's Precision Pliers - Chain Nose 130mm
- Axminster Workshop Self Healing Cutting Mats
- Rider Square Blade Awl with Hornbeam Handle
- Axminster Workshop A4 Notepad
A bit about Ben
Ben has always been creative, and since his early school days has been interested in art, design and creating things. When he joined Axminster in 2010 he saw an opportunity to develop those skills further by becoming a Workshop Technician within the Woodworking Wisdom team and since then he's joining our presenting and teaching team, sharing the wealth of knowledge he's accumulated. Although he has a vast knowledge of all things woodwork, he's best known for his pyrography, which he sells through local galleries. But he’s never happier than when he’s encouraging other people to unlock their creative side and believes there's a tool for any creative endeavour.
We’d love to see what tools you’re obsessing over - take a photo on your social media account and tag us @axminstertools!
A tool box for every collection
Don’t forget to organise and protect your everyday tools in a robust and reliable Toolbox!