Getting Started: Woodwork Tools

Woodwork has been around for the longest time; it is something a lot of people enjoys doing. This is why there are so many people around who had been attending classes and courses about woodworking so that they are able to do it properly. It is a way of life for some people; they have grown up being exposed to it because their family members had passed it on to them. For some people, it is work, their living, what they are being paid for to do. On the other hand, for some people, it is their hobby or something they are passionate about, what they do in their spare time out of the love they have for it. Now, one of the main things that you need to know if you want to try woodworking is to get to know all about woodwork tools, from hand tools to power tools and more. To help you in getting started, here are some of the things you might want to get to know.

Hand Tools

Woodwork ToolsYou do not necessarily need to have power woodwork tools in order to get started when it comes to woodworking, because actually, having the basic hand tools should be enough to keep you going. Despite, all of the suggestions of people on TV shows, those power tools is not everything there is to woodwork. In fact, woodworkers actually use the basic hand tools when it comes to doing the basic steps such as measuring, trimming, marking, chiseling, marking, layout and so much more. This is because as a beginner, hand tools are your best friend because they are the ones who will train you to develop better skills needed for tools that are more advanced. In line with that, here are some of the essential ones that you ought to familiarize yourself with.

Sliding Bevel

Another tool that would be useful and is quite similar in terms of function to a square is a sliding bevel. The only difference is that this tool can be adjusted in different angles and then locked in that specific place with its cool locking mechanism. It is very handy if you need to have an angle duplicated. It is something that should be good to have with you especially on tricky projects where you need a lot of angles measured or when replicating angles all in all.

Claw Hammer

At some point in your life, you must have held a hammer, right? After all, everyone has got to have had a project that required it, or you must have had hammered a nail to your wall to put a frame on. Basically, the hammer is something which should already be quite familiar to you. However, there are actually a lot of different types of hammer which you might not know about. The one that is often used in woodwork and is one of the most versatile tools is called the claw hammer. It is a hammer that has a claw on one end and a round head on the other. If you are going to buy one since you do not have one at home, it would be good to get something that is not really that heavy and would fit right into your hand. A good 16 ounce or maybe a 20 ounce one should be a good start for anyone because that size would definitely not be that heavy.

Chisel

One of the must-have woodworking tools would be a sharp chisel that is good enough to clean out waste from the joints of your project as well as the mortises. With the proper technique, it can make clean and precise cuts as well as notches that no other tool can. Most of the traditional woodworker, as well as craftspeople, tend to keep different size and types of chisels. However, if you are just getting started on it, 4 pieces should be good enough for you: a one-fourth inch, a half inch, a three fourth inch, and a one-inch chisel should be okay to get you started.

Retractable Tape

One thing you must not forget to have would be a retractable tape measure, about the standard size of 25 inches because there will not be a project that will require your measurement, it is one of the things that are used every time so you might as well have one of your own. For your own convenience, you can have one that has both standards as well as metric markings, but you can also opt to have to tapes, one for the standard units and one for metric units. If you would notice, the tape has what looks like a hook right at the end of the tape measure. This is what helps you to get the measurement that you would want to have by hooking it over your wood or anything else and then moving the tape measure from there to where you want to end measuring. Having one handy wherever you go would definitely be helpful in the long run, in case you suddenly feel like measuring something.

Level

Woodworking IdeaThere will be times when you need to know whether a piece of stock is perfectly vertical or horizontal and for that, a level is your answer. For a lot of different projects, of different sizes and spaces, it would be good to have a level on hand, whether it be a 24 inch or a 36-inch one as well as one other level called the torpedo which is around six to twelve inches in length. This is very easy to use, and you will realize that you have seen one before in your life. It is a matter of finding a balance to easily check out if what you have been doing is perfectly aligned; the way you want it to be. After all, when you make furniture like cabinets, you do not want the items you put in it to all be sliding in one direction because you weren’t able to make it straight, but rather slant it, right?

Utility Knife

Another essential hand tool that a woodworker must definitely have would be a utility knife. One that has a locking mechanism and uses blades that are of the disposable type is what you need to buy or get. This is a good device to use in case you need to scribe some mark in a wooden slate or maybe clean up mortise or a whole lot more. You can use it whenever you need a knife; just the way knives are meant to be used. If you can, it would be good to look for a knife that is heavy duty, one that has a metal casing versus one that is lightweight especially if you are going to deal with it for your woodwork.

Layout Square

The layout square is also referred to such as rafter square or even speed square, and it is one of the most important tools when it comes to woodworking. One reason for that is because it is a tool that helps the worker to mark a straight line in the easiest and quickest manner. It is also used in marking up angles of 45 degrees and below as well as to a measure about 6 inches. It is the tool that is quite handy as opposed to a claw hammer. It is very portable and can easily be brought around anywhere as it is very small and can be carried in the back of your pocket or even in a nail pouch if you happen to be in your shop or at home.

Screwdrivers

The power drill is good for a lot of things, but there are times when a project would need a manual screwdriver. This is why you should always have some in your toolbox, different sizes of Phillips and flat-heads that would be a rather good choice when it comes down to it. You should at least have at least 3 pieces per tip ranging from small up to large. A #1, a standard #2 as well as a #3 should be good enough to help you. It would also be good to have the basic sets of Torx, star and square screwdriver to just keep you prepared.

Nail Sets

Nail sets are probably the first thing that should come into your mind when you hear about woodworking tools because it is something that can be used to bring two pieces of wood together. A set is a tapered metal wherein the nail heads can be sunk in it. a small set would come in three different sizes and it should cover for you some of the nail finishes that you would need for your project. Having different sizes of nails is good because then, you can try out and see which ones would suit your project the best and opt to use that.

Woodworking Power Tools

As a beginner, there are about a few powerful power tools that should come in handy for you and would be great if you can have them. They are relatively low in price so you should be able to buy them. However, in case they are still out of your budget, or it so happens that you do not want to invest so much and would rather go and try to check out workshops which offer them, that would be great too. On the other hand, if you want to buy some, then you can search for woodworking tools near me, on the internet to see where you can get some. To let you have an idea, here are the power tools that would be great to have.

Power Drill

The basic power drill is one with a cord because it is more powerful. It is quite cheaper as well, and you just have to figure out what brand you want to buy. Consider whether you would want a half inch chuck or a 3/8 inch. There are also other things that you might have to choose from such as if it would be a keyless or a keyed chuck, a straight one or a hammer one and a whole lot more. You should learn more about power drills before purchasing one, so you get to be sure about it.

Circular Saw

This is one of the basic power tools that you must definitely. The circular saw is very versatile and holds so much power in itself. When used with other objects such as a clamp-on for example, it can be a very accurate tool just like a table saw. It can be a good substitute for a table saw especially if you happen to be on a specific budget.

Jigsaw

Another beginner power tool would be what is known as the jigsaw. This tool will allow you to cut circular and curved pattern in the wood. Though a band saw can be more accurate, this one should be good enough for woodworking amateurs. It can also be effective at some point once you get used to it. It also has an easy exchange blade system that is certainly very much nice for beginners using it for the first time so might as well try that out.

Orbital Sander

Yes, you can opt to use sandpaper, but that would take up too much of your time and would definitely make your hand hurt. So instead, using an orbital sander which makes random orbital motions would be a whole lot better choice in the process. It will reduce the chance of leaving any marks of sanding and would definitely be available in your locality.

In the end, tools are just tools; what you would need most is the skill to properly use these tools and make sure that they are in the proper hands. Thus, it would be good to make sure that you know how to use the tools you are going to use earlier, so you have enough time to familiarize yourself with them.

 

 

Sources

www.artofmanliness.com/articles/7-skills-you-should-have-learned-in-high-school

www.rockler.com/hand-tools

www.woodcraft.com/categories/hand-tools

www.woodworkerssource.com/power

www.thesprucecrafts.com/power-tools-woodworkers-should-have-3536541

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