Here’s a basic list of hand tools that kids need to get started in woodworking.

You have two options: you can either buy the tools you don’t yet own as you read the book, or you can purchase them all at once. Below are some suggestions for sizes and styles that children can use. It’s a great idea to have all your tools ready to go before you start any new projects. You can also find most of the tools you need online. This saves you both time and money.

Below is a list with the tools you will need. This list will allow you to compare the tools you have with what you will need. Each child can have their own set, which would be great since one of the first projects involves a toolbox. Or they can all share the tools. It is a whole book in itself to get kids to do this.

Measurement Tape (12′) They make measuring tapes with fractions labeled on them to make it easier for your child to read, especially if they are just beginning to learn about fractions.


Hammer (7- 10oz for children younger than 6 years, 16oz if older children have better hand eye coordination

Screwdrivers: Phillips and flathead

Nail set

Handsaw (western style or Japanese style).

Coping saw

Block plane

Brace Drill (Hand drill).


Sandpaper (100, 120, 150, 180 grits)

Glue (white, yellow) is water-proof for outdoor projects

Screws & Nails (a box of 1 1/4″ and 1 5/8” drywall screws, as well as a box of 3d, 4d and 6d finishing nails, will help you complete most of the projects in this book).

Clamps (For more information about clamps, see the lesson on building a step stool).

O.If they are forced to put their glasses back on their noses every time they swing a hammer, they will quickly become frustrated. It is possible to find child-sized glasses from manufacturers, but it might be difficult to find them.

Combination Square


This is not a comprehensive list of all the tools you need to build any project, but it is a good start. With the help of the above hand tools, you will be able to tackle all the projects from our book “Woodshop 101 For Kids”.

The article above is an except taken from our Tools need for e-learning book, Woodshop 101 for Kids []