Veneer & Cabinetwork - Required Tools

You probably have most of the tools in our required list, but there are a few specialty tools that you'll need to complete the course.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page for specialty tool recommendations if you plan to purchase them before coming class.

Required Tool List:


Marking & Measuring

  • Pencil

  • 6" rule

  • 12" rule

  • Tape Measure

  • Marking Knife

  • Combination Square

  • Marking Gauge

Hand Tools

  • Chisels - 1/4, 5/16, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4

  • Block Plane

  • Shoulder Plane

  • Cabinet Scraper

  • Dovetail (Japanese or Western) saw

Router & Bits

  • 1/4" Trim Router

  • 1/4" Straight cutting bit

  • 1/4" Pattern cutting bit

Veneer Tools

  • Veneer Saw

  • New, clean sponge

  • Seam Roller


  • Random Orbit Sander

  • 80, 120, 180, 220 paper

Hinges & Hinge Bit

  • For hinge specifics & suggestions look at the Hardware page

  • Hinge Bit (aka Vix Bit or Self-Centering Bit) - 

*The hinge bit you purchase needs to be the same size as the screws that come with your hinges. The bit will be labeled with screw gauge numbers (#5, #6, #8, etc) so make sure it matches the size screws that come packaged with your hinges.


  • 2 Quick Grips

  • 2 6" C Clamps

  • 24" Pipe Clamps (optional but encouraged)


  • 25 ft Extension Cord

  • Safety Glasses

  • Hearing Protection


Optional (if you have 'em) Tools to Bring Along:


Pipe Clamps - While we have a wide variety of pipe clamps, you'll invariably have to wait on clamps as someone's glue sets.  If you have 24" pipe clamps in your shop and you don't mind throwing a few clamps in the mix, feel free to bring some along.

Biscuit Jointer-  We'll be using biscuits to attach the face frame and the upper crown molding.  We have two on hand, but with eight students a line can develop so if you have your own, feel free to bring it with you.

Screw Guns & drill bit index - There are a lot of holes to drill and screws to drive throughout this course, so a cordless drill with your own drill bit index would be a great leg up in moving your work along quicker.

Awl - We have a few awls in the shop, but it's nice to have one at the ready when you need it.  Throw it in your sack and you'll be happy you did.

Sanding block- There is a lot of hand sanding involved in this project and we have a handful of sanding blocks to share but if you have your own, you won't have to fight for one.


Recommended Tools to Purchase:


Veneer Saws

Don't spend more that $20 on one of these guys.  I'm sure you can find very fancy and expensive saws, but it's not necessary.  The types I'm listing here all have removable blades which can be replaced cheaply should you ever need a sharper edge.

Two Cherries Veneer Saw

Woodcraft Veneer Saw

Highland Woodworking Veneer Saw

Trim Routers

We've been using the Bosch Colt for many years now and it has served us well.  I've also heard that DeWalt and Ridgid make a nice trim router.  Expect to pay $75-$150 for a good tool.  If you don't have one and you're shopping, a fine, accurate depth adjustment is a great thing to have.

DeWalt Trim Router

Bosch Colt Trim Router

Rigid Trim Router

Router Bits

The links listed are from MLCS, but you can get these bits from any distributor you so choose.  If you already have them on hand, even better.

  • Pattern/Flush trim bit - MLCS Item #6506:  Large Diameter-1/2", Cutting Length-1", Shank Size-1/4" (We'll use this bit to joint our veneer seams.)

  • 1/4" Straight Cutting Bit -MLCS Item #5471:  Large Diameter-1/4", Cutting Length-1", Shank Size; 1/4" (This bit will be used in cutting the gains for the hinges.)