Woodworking Gadgets: 16 Tools For Beginners To Skilled Carpenters

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By Nathan Jude | Updated: August 4, 2021

Want the best? Head straight to the top 6 woodworking gadgets we’re geeking out over!

Did you know there are more than 23,000 tree species around the world? [source]

While not all of them are ideal for woodworking, there’s still plenty of variety to keep it endlessly interesting!

Whether you prefer hardwood or softwood, large projects or small, there’s a gadget that can help construct your masterpiece.

We’ve found some of the best woodworking gadgets out there to make your work easier, better, and just more fun!

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Woodworking Gadgets You “Wood” Love To Have In 2021

1. Shaper Origin Next Generation Router

Shaper Origin Next Generation Router

Take your inlays, box joints, and other routing work to the next level of precision with the Shaper Origin Next Generation Router.

On-Tool CAD and Extensions allow you to create designs directly on the router, but you can also import designs from your favorite CAD software. Additionally, ShaperHub has an ever-expanding library of designs that you can download.

How does it work? Just apply ShaperTape to your project and glide your Origin over the entire surface. Origin will digitally map out the entire project. Then, follow the guides on the screen while the tool makes real-time micro-adjustments for the most precise cuts possible.

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2. Walabot Smart Wall Scanner & Stud Finder

What if you could see exactly where your studs are rather than hearing approximately where they are?

With the Walabot Smart Wall Scanner & Stud Finder, you can see studs, pipes, wiring, and even rodents.

This stud finder attaches to your Android phone and uses cutting-edge radar technology to display what’s behind your walls on your phone’s screen.

With the ability to detect up to 4” into your drywall, lathe, or plaster walls, this gadget will come in handy for any home remodeling project.

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3. Leather Woodworking Apron

Leather Woodworking Apron

Does your current apron pull on the back of your neck? This Leather Woodworking Apron has cross-back straps that put the weight of the apron on your shoulders rather than your neck.

Beyond that, this item has all the features you could want from a woodworking apron:

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4. BLENDX Magnetic Woodworking Wristband

Keep all your nails, screws, bolts, or drill bits handy with the BLENDX Magnetic Woodworking Wristband.

With 15 powerful magnets, this wristband keeps all your small metal pieces – or even metal tools that weigh less than 1 pound – in one convenient place.

The 15.5” length attaches with Velcro, and its 12” circumference will fit just about any wrist and some small arms.

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5. Klein Tools Digital Level & Angle Gauge

Set the perfect relative angle on your table saw. Make sure corners are at a perfect 90° angle. Ensure the surface of your finished product is completely level.

The Klein Tools Digital Level & Angle Gauge can do all that and more.

With a powerful magnetic base and V-groove edges, you can use this level on wood, metal pipes, and just about any other surface.

The high-visibility reverse contrast display auto-rotates and has a hold button, making it easy to see the numbers in any situation.

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6. SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router

SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router

CNC routers can be cost-prohibitive for the average woodworking hobbyist, but the SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router is affordable enough for anybody to enjoy the added precision and detail of this technology.

In addition to being affordable, it’s also easy to set up, requiring only about 15 minutes compared to the 2 hours some other models need.

The 1.8” display clearly displays readouts and provides manual control of your mill without any need to hook it up to a computer, while an easy-to-access emergency stop button allows you to shut down the machine instantly in case of a problem.

Acrylic safety baffles help keep the area around the router safe and clean.

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7. FastCap Blue Dog

FastCap Blue Dog

Easily add dogs to your workbench with the FastCap Blue Dog.

Just use a 2½” hole saw to drill out a hole, sand the top edge, and press the Blue Dog down into the hole until flush.

With their turntable feature and ability to adjust to the material height, these dogs will make a handy addition to your workstation.

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8. ARBORTECH Turbo Plane For Angle Grinders

Need to carve out big chunks of wood with less hassle than using a chainsaw? Enter the ARBORTECH Turbo Plane For Angle Grinders.

This turbo plane is the ultimate tool for removing big chunks of wood in a hurry. It can handle convex and concave surfaces in addition to flat surfaces.

While it won’t give a smooth final finish, it’s a great tool for roughing in sculptures or other large pieces.

Attaching to any 4” or 4.5” grinder, this plane is also easily re-sharpened with a small diamond stone.

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9. Digital Wood Moisture Meter

Don’t just guess if your wood is dry enough to work with. Know for sure with this easy-to-use Digital Wood Moisture Meter.

All you need to do is choose from one of 8 wood groups and insert the two prongs into the wood. You’ll get a readout of the temperature as well as the moisture content, which is noted as Low (5-12%), Medium (12-17%), or High (17-60%).

As a bonus, this moisture meter can be used on other building materials besides just wood, so you can use it all around your home or job site.

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10. EZ-Mark Line Cords

Save time marking lines with the EZ-Mark Line Cords.

Who wants to break out your T-square when you could just attach these cords to your piece of wood instead?

In addition to saving time, these cords save you from having to erase or sand out your lines.

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11. WEN 8-Amp Electric Hand Planer

Full of features, the WEN 8-Amp Electric Hand Planer is just what you need if you’re looking for a planer.

Choose which side you want the sawdust to blow with the two-way dust ports, and attach the chosen port to your shop vacuum for an even cleaner solution.

Select from one of 16 depths from 0 to ⅛” (increments are in 1/128”).

The 4 ⅜” cutting surface is ideal for planing 2x4s and 4x4s, although you can use it on larger pieces of wood, too.

At 32,000 cuts per minute, this planer will make quick work of any piece of wood.

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12. Custom Electric Wood Branding Iron

Custom Electric Wood Branding Iron

Proudly show off your finished products with your own Custom Electric Wood Branding Iron.

Choose from an existing style customized with your own name or create and send in your own logo.

One of the best things about this custom iron is that you can order it exactly how you want it:

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13. SUIZAN Japanese Double Edged Woodworking Saw

Did you know that pull saws are lighter, need less power, and provide cleaner cuts than western-style push saws?

Save time and energy with the SUIZAN Japanese Double Edged Woodworking Saw. It’s faster and more accurate than other hand saws while being more convenient than pulling out a power saw for a small job.

With cross-cut teeth on one side and rip-cut teeth on the other, this 9.5” long saw can handle any number of tasks – you may find yourself pulling this out before your power tools!

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14. A-Line It Basic Kit Machinery Calibrator

Your woodworking is only as accurate as the tools you use. Make sure your saw, drill press, and other tools are perfectly calibrated with the A-Line It Basic Kit Machinery Calibrator.

The 1″ capacity dial indicator reads in 0.001″ increments for high-precision calibration.

Easy to assemble and perfectly sized to fit in a miter slot, this calibrator also comes with an instructional DVD to help you get the best performance and accuracy from all your woodworking machines.

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15. Bench Cookie Cones

Need to keep as much of your project off the floor or your workbench as possible for painting or staining? These Bench Cookie Cones are the perfect solution.

Since each cone comes to a fine point, you don’t need to worry about messing up the paint or stain on the side you’ve already finished while you do the other side.

Note that these cones should be used with Bench Cookie Work Grippers, which must be purchased separately.

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16. POWERTEC Tape Measure Square Check

tape measure square check

Tired of your tape measure popping off corners when you’re trying to measures diagonals? Leave those worries in the past with the POWERTEC Tape Measure Square Check.

When you attach this woodworking gadget to any 90° corner, a powerful magnet and a 1-1/8” slot hold the end of your measuring tape in place. The slot rotates 360°, so you can measure any angle and check the squareness, too.

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The Top 6 Woodworking Gadgets We’re Geeking Out Over

Shaper Origin Next Generation Router

Shaper Origin Next Generation Router

The router of the 21st Century!

Buy on Shaper

Walabot Smart Wall Scanner & Stud Finder

Revolutionary way to ‘see’ studs instead of ‘hear’.

Buy on Amazon

Leather Woodworking Apron

Leather Woodworking Apron

The perfect leather apron for woodworkers.

Buy on Etsy

BLENDX Magnetic Wristband

A much better option than your pocket!

Buy on Amazon

Klein Tools Digital Level & Angle Gauge

The perfect gadget for ultimate accuracy.

Buy on Amazon

SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router

SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router

An affordable, easy-to-set-up CNC router.

Buy on SainSmart

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Hey! I'm Nathan Jude, also known as the HPGE (Human Powered Gadget Engine) and I freaking love all things gadgets. I started 6gadgets.com to share my passion and geek out with other like minded 'tech heads'! If I'm not searching the globe for new gizmos, you'll find me on the golf course or spending time with my beautiful family.

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