Woodworking is a craft that requires time, perseverance and relentless focus to master but it is also an extremely fulfilling one. Anything that we make with our own hands gives us a special kind of peace and satisfaction that is rarely found in ready-made stuff. Now it may seem like daunting and dangerous work but woodworking is something that almost anyone can opt for as a hobby, provided they have the patience for it.
But the question is, how to get started with it? What tools to buy? What precautions to heed when starting out? What kind of lumbar to acquire for different projects? etc. etc.
Now keeping aside your level of expertise with woodworking, there are some tools, machines, and skills you need to possess for any woodwork project, which would help you get started.
For any woodworking beginner, knowledge of the basic hand tools is the foundation step. From nailing a bolt to cutting down heavy wood, hand tools are useful in every situation and if you do not have the patience and will to work with these tools, then no advanced tools will be of any use to you either.
Hand tools are woodworking essentials which are easy to acquire, many times present among your previously owned tools or commonly available at hardware shops, or in your neighbors’ houses.
So before you dive blindly into the wonderful yet demanding world of woodworking, make sure to get these essential hand-tools to make your common, everyday tasks easier.
- A sturdy and versatile workbench
- Hammer(simple and claw) or any type of nail gun
- Tape measure
- Nails sets
- Block planes
- Utility knife
- Speed square
Necessary Power Tools
Even though power tools are a somewhat recent innovation, modern woodworking has become highly reliant on these tools.
Power tools are mostly used for their efficiency and precision which is harder to attain with human hands, requiring extensive time and effort. This makes power tools a must-have for every woodworker, especially the beginners.
However, only a few important ones are enough to get you started and going for a long time unless you need something special for a certain project.
Do check out any craigslist listing or local garage sales to find these tools for better prices instead of buying everything new, which may set you back a considerable amount than when you buy them second-hand.
- Circular saw/ Table saw to get straight and precise wood cutting
- Jigsaw for making curved or irregular cuts in the wood like these
- Power drill for creating spaces for nailing bolts and screws
- Orbital sander to easily sand any wooden material and acquire a smoother surface
- Router table for shaping edges, profiles and joinery cutting. You look at various routing tables right here if you're looking to buy one for yourself.
Wood is of many different types, each with its own look, strength, roughness etc. but all are either softwoods or hardwoods. Both types are treated, measured and used differently so, doing proper research about the type of wood required for your personal need is a must.
Being a beginner, working with softwoods, like Pine, would be advisable as they are cheaper, readily available and easier to manage. Avoid bowed or warped wood boards as it gets really tricky to handle them as a beginner.
With time and experience, you can widen your wood cache and work on more challenging woods.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, safety should never take a back seat. It may be obvious but the woodwork is handiwork that requires full use of your senses and if you are not careful around your tools, you may end up losing the function of any which can be disastrous.
So make sure to use proper gloves, masks, goggles, and ear protectors before working with sharp and dangerous tools.
In the end, woodworking is a passion work which will require a lot of effort and patience on your part but the final product and contentment will be worth it all.