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Tools and Materials


In most courses our students will be making a project. Typically we will provide quality materials for these projects. However if you want to build a project using a particular species of wood, you will have to bring that wood with you. Contact us requesting a cut list for the course you have registered for.


A variety of tools will be used in each course taught at Mountain Woodworker. A list of the tools that will be used in a course will be found at the end of each course description. However below is a required list of tools that each participant must bring to class. If the participant does not have these items they will not be permitted to participate in the class activities.

For many woodworkers, tools are like fine writing instruments in that the woodworker and tool become one. This is especially true of hand tools. Since our hand tools are used by everyone, they are usually set to "factory" standards and not personalized to the student.

in our project based courses, students will often bring the tools that they use are are familiar with. You may bring your own tools or use the shop tools. So you don't want to go out and buy tools and use ours instead.

Fundamental courses We suggest that you do not buy any tools until you have taken the courses and then see what tools you want.

Project courses we do recommend that you have a set of tools and in particular chisels and planes. We don't recommend buying any handsaws until we have discussed the types and uses of them in the course(s) you are taking. The chisels and planes we can sharpen in the course and you can then personalize them to your needs.

Required tools

  • Approved hearing protection (no radio or music)
  • Approved safety glasses or face mask
  • Dust mask
  • Short sleeved shirt preferably t-shirts (no long sleeve shirts)
  • Notebook
  • Several pencils and pens

Recommended tools

  • 6" and 12" steel ruler graduated in 1/16" increments or smaller
  • Tape measure
  • Woodworking apron
  • Marking knife
  • Combination square or Carpenter's square
  • Closed top drinking container for water