What are the types of tools that I would need to have access to in order to build something like a table from wood?

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    What type of table? How fancy/complex would you like the table to be? You could build a table by placing plywood on saw horses, in which case no tools are needed (aside from saw horses). – Tester101 Oct 21 '11 at 15:17
  • Was going to try to build a 4'x6' table with room for many people to sit around, storage areas for game pieces, built-in cupholders, etc. – GWLlosa Oct 21 '11 at 15:36
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    You should update your question with more detail, maybe a sketch of what you have in mind. Your level of carpentry skill might also help, as some techniques are more advanced than others. – Tester101 Oct 21 '11 at 15:40
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    If you have to ask what tools you need to build a table, I'm not sure this is a project you want to tackle. – DA01 Oct 21 '11 at 16:17

It depends in no small part on how you wish to construct the table. For instance, if you wish to do a simple screw or nail construction, it's a different set of end tools than if you wanted to do dove-tail joints, or biscuit joints, or mortice and tenant joints...

The basics (screw construction)

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencils
  • A straight edge (usually part of a related tool)
  • A saw
  • A drill (for pre drilling screw holes)
  • A screwdriver or driver bit for your drill - for installing the screws
  • Several grits of sand paper from coarse (60 grit) to ultra fine (220 grit)
  • A sanding block (flat surface used to keep your sand paper flat)
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