Woodworking tools for New Woodworkers
Woodworking Tools for New Woodworkers
The right tool is a long-term investment. Picking the tool that will be most useful for projects, not just today but over the lifetime of the tool should effect the decision of which tools to invest. It's best to start small and purchase only the tools you will be using, and using often. Once you know precisely the type of woodworking you will be doing it will be able to more wisely spend your money on what you truly need.
Copying a well-known form is a natural tack to take. After all, when woodworkers buy or build their first workbench, they are in the early stages of learning the craft. They don’t know what sort of bench or vises they need, or why one bench looks different than another. So they pick a form that looks good to them -- occasionally mixing and matching bits and pieces from different forms -- and get busy. That, I believe, is the seed of the problem with workbenches today. Many commercial workbenches are missing key functions that make work-holding easier. And many classic bench forms get built with modifications that make them frustrating in use.
I’ve hauled my grandfather’s workbench across snow-covered Appalachian mountains, down narrow stairwells and into a dirt-floored garage that should have been torn down during the Eisenhower administration. I’ve built a lot of good stuff on that bench, but now it’s time to retire the old horse. For starters, the bench is too low for the way I work. And the top is pockmarked with three different shapes and sizes of dog holes. And during the last few years I’ve become fed up with the tool tray. The only thing it seems designed to hold is enough sawdust for a family of gerbils.
These basic tools are most used while working with wood, no matter what the project is. It's important to know what the tool is, when you need it, and what it is used for. Keep in mind that woodworking is more than a hobby, it's also a skill. This means that you should take caution so you can safely accomplish your project. And it is always best to have full knowledge about every thing you do. The more you know about your tools the smaller the risks. The best place to start is developing a plan. You can do this by ordering one, or searching the net for a freebies. There are also a few programs out there that will help you to create your own plan. Decide what you want your project to be, then create a step by step guide. Then choose the tools you are sure you will need.
A beginning woodworker has a huge array of power tools from which to choose. It can be quite difficult to decide on just what power tools to purchase when you are standing in front of the impressive displays at Home Depot. With some careful consideration and a few tips from an experienced woodworker, you can make your tool investment wisely. There are a couple of rules to buying power tools that I believe are essential to consider before making your purchase. The first rule is to consider the projects you are interested in building. If you will be building small projects such as jewelry boxes or toys, you won't really need that $2,000 table saw. If you plan to build furniture and cabinets a quality table saw is essential. The second rule is to always buy the best tool you can afford. When speaking in terms of power tools the phrase, "You get what you pay for" is usually quite true.
Furnishing tools for a workshop centers on two general areas. The first is to determine the type of work to be accomplished with the tools. The second is to check the budget to help decide on the quality and extent of tool buying that can be done. Most of the time when a person decides to furnish a workshop, it is more of a carpentry or woodworking shop. While this article will focus on that aspect, if a small engine repair or metal machine shop is the goal, the tools will vary quite dramatically. Beginning with hand tools, the workshop needs at least three good hammers. One should be a carpenter-style hammer with a head that includes a claw for pulling nails and light prying. Spend a little money on this hammer because the quality of the head and handle will vary a lot. Even for amateur work, a better hammer will be easier to use.
It doesn't take state-of-the-art tools to create some excellent items. Woodworking and carpentry isn't all that complicated. Anyone who pursues this hobby will, of course, want to acquire some simple tools. Your budget will be a large factor in determining your needs versus your wants, what carpentry in woodworking projects you're going to attempt first, as well as the types of wood you're going to use. As a beginner, the size of the area you have available to you will be an important consideration as you begin your woodworking and carpentry hobby. Although space is an important consideration, remember that you can create many desirable items in the limited space and with a simple list of tools. Many, if not most, of those who pursue this hobby of woodworking and carpentry started with severe space limitations and only a few tools. It is a very common to find ways to acquire more space and learn which additional tools will assist in the hobby as your skill level and confidence grow.