Joinery, carpentry, cabinetry, furniture making, wood carving, and woodturning are just a few examples of woodworking activities. If you’re new to it, it wouldn’t hurt to take baby steps especially when it comes to purchasing your tools. Yes, tools are necessary for woodworking, and in fact, these are the first ones you need to invest on if you want your woodworking career to flourish.
What is woodworking without tools? Such justifies the axiom “a woodworker is only as good as his tools”. Any beginner who wants to pursue woodworking as a hobby needs to assemble one’s first set of tools to start working on a project. Choosing simple woodworking projects at the start and moving to more complex ones help a newbie learn the uses of various woodworking tools.
As the projects become more complicated, the need for additional and more specialized tools grows too. Learning to use the various types of tools is a must for all people who are aspiring to embark on woodworking. Such includes the basic hand tools for woodwork, power tools, woodworking lathes, woodworking machinery, jigs, and accessories. Consequently, this page has excellent info on some power tools that every woodworker must have.
Basic Hand Tools
Getting started means acquiring the basic hand tools. There is nothing more basic than a hammer, chisels, and screwdrivers. There are many types of hammers but the most versatile is the claw hammer with a finished head. Chisels are practical in cleaning out joints and mortises. The basics that are functional and with most uses are 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″ width bevel-edged chisels. Working on screws is basic and thus require screwdrivers that exist in several types. The most practical to keep are #1, 2 and 3 sizes of Phillips as well as Flathead varieties, and a couple of Torx, square head and star drivers.
To clean up woodwork, one must have a block plane and a utility knife. The former shaves thin amounts of wood from the stock and the edges, while a utility knife cleans up hinge mortises (and a hundred more uses). A clean-looking woodwork cannot be attained when all the nail heads are visible like sore thumbs. A nail set looks like a small chisel and drives those peeking nail heads beneath the surface of the wood.
To make woodworking easier, it is important that precision is achieved in all phases of work from cutting wood stock down to the last corner. This means precise measurements and leveling of surfaces that can be done with the use of 6″ layout square, 25″ retractable tape measure, level and sliding bevel. A 6″ layout square is valuable being the easiest tool to use in marking square lines to make end cuts, marking up to 45-degree angles, or measuring up to 6 inches.
An alternative to the square is the sliding bevel that is adjustable and can be locked at any angle. Retractable tape measure with standard and metric markings is a necessary tool for every woodworker. Determining the perfect level of a wood stock is important and this is done with the use of a level which can either be a long (28″ or 36″) or a short (6″) one.
These are just some of the basic tools you’ll need if you want to be a successful woodworker.