Woodworking is a great hobby to get into. Many people worry about getting started because they imagine that the tools are very expensive. There are a lot of expensive tools on the market, but as you get started, you’ll realize that a lot of the fancy tools out there are not necessary for completing many projects.
Choose a project that takes minimal tools to get started. As your skills progress, you may want to add in a tool here or there to start your collection. You don’t need to go out and buy all of the tools that you’ll ever need in one fail swoop. You will probably need a chisel, a hacksaw, some clamps, and a level or square to get started. Just do a little research and determine what you need before you go to the store. The woodworking section may seem overwhelming at first.
As you progress, you may start looking into some power tools. Not all are created equal. To avoid wasting money on tools that will break or not perform how you need them to, look at customer reviews or talk to a friend that has tried them. Cheaper doesn’t always mean lower quality, however. You could get some great deals on quality power tools by finding last year’s model on sale. You can find tools on auction sites for a lot cheaper than in retail stores. If it is a real specialty tool, you might be better off renting or borrowing it instead of investing in something that you may rarely use.
The next thing to consider is the type of wood that you use. Softer woods are easier to work with and are recommended for beginners. Hard woods are harder to work with and cost more, so mistakes can be more costly. Pine is generally cheap and easy to work with.
Before you go investing in a lot of woodworking books, check out what your library has to offer. There are often times a lot of useful books at the library that you can check out and use for tips and free plans. There are also a lot of sites on the internet that offer free plans, along with tips and reviews from people that have tried them. Save that money for the tools that you will inevitably want to buy!
If you want to build furniture, cabinets, shelves, or other household items, it might serve you well to research “joinery” before you begin. There are many different ways to join two pieces of wood together. The type of joint that you use will depend on the intended purpose of the project. The more weight the joint will need to hold, the more sturdy and secure the joint will need to be. Don’t be afraid to learn how to use dowels for joints. Using a dowel rod to create a joint gives it strength and helps you to create a smooth look, without a lot of screws or nails showing.
Dave Murphy –
About the Author:
About the Author: Dave Murphy is the founder and president of Good Wood, Inc. which manufactures wood products in Ohio. Good Wood, Inc. makes dowel rods, wooden balls, wood knobs, wooden toy parts, custom wood parts, and more. They offer safe wood finishing, wood turning and can import dowels from off-shore suppliers when necessary. Visit http://www.goodwoodinc.com for your wood product needs.