Woodworking As A Hobby
Just because you enjoy woodworking, it doesn’t mean your craft is not a hobby
A hobby must be invested on. You wouldn’t have a hard time doing so, since the interest is there in the first place. Therefore, motivation and drive are obviously inherent as well.
Newbies in woodworking often wonder what the essential tools in starting a workshop are. The answer varies from one woodworker to the next, since there is a long list of required tools to begin with. Plus, it depends on the project.
Take for example, you go to your nearest tool store to get a power tool. Now there is a variety of manufacturers and of course, prices differ too. Like in any product, the more expensive, then the better the quality. Better quality tools in wood working have better design features and parts, as well as a high tolerance in manufacturing.
They also perform better.
Buy the best tool that you can afford. Come up with a budget on how much you are willing to spend on a particular tool. This is important because you will be using your tools on a frequent basis.
But if you are just beginning and you can only spend limited cash to set up your woodwork shop, don’t go for the absolute best then. You can resort to the one that is trusted by most woodworkers that come in a reasonable price.
There are exceptions to the general rule mentioned above. If woodworking is simply a hobby you enjoy during the weekend, then you do not have to get the top-of-the-notch tools.
The key is getting a tool that is within your budget. But as much as possible, veer away from the cheapest tools and materials. It being cheap already says something - these aren’t worth purchasing.
Here are the element tools a woodworker newbie must have in his workshop.
Get one with the cord and the screwdriver attachment. It will let you single handedly accomplish tons of tasks – literally and figuratively. They may be quite a bit expensive, but this is one woodworking tool worth investing on.
2. Circular Saw
Use this to trim and cut plywood.
3. Finishing Sander
This is used for finishing. This is perfect for smoothing out planes. It can also be used for finishing and painting. You can also use this on round planes to clear out the edges.
4. Jig Saw
This is a hand held saw that is used for cutting the plywood’s curves and for smoothing out rough outlines.
5. Table Saw
Like the drill, this is another tool that you must have and invest on. Although there are some inexpensive table saws but they are not as high-powered as the pricey ones. They don’t work as well as you hope too. Get a table saw with a good motor, one that is powerful enough that it can be used over and over again. If not, the blade will stall during the course of you ripping wood. It may even burn some of your masterpieces and no woodworker would want that.
A router is like a table – when it comes to the necessary woodworking materials a newbie must get. It is a tool used for cutting a profile on the edge of pieces of wood. They are also used in cutting molding and to trim plastic and cut parts on a template. Routers come in two forms: plunge and fixed. The plunge router is loaded on the base. It can be pushed flat down to a work piece when special cuts are called for. Whereas the fixed router holds the work piece into place.
7. Band Saw
This can also be used to other projects and not just woodworking. This is used to cut curves and shapes onto the wood. It can also be used as a bandsaw which is appropriate for sawing lumber.
8. Compound Miter Saw
This is used to cut, like the table saw, but is a lot easier to handle.
Tool is a turning tool and is one of the equipment you should invest on.
10. Biscuit Joiner
It joins together the pieces of wood. The tool cuts small slots in every side of the join. The biscuit is inserted and glued in between, holding the parts altogether.
11. Belt Sander
This is great for quickly smoothing plywood and also for shaping objects.
12. Drill Press
This is used for consistently drilling holes into wood.
As a woodwork newbie, you must get the best tools you can afford. But that also depends on the projects that you plan on handling. Before dropping by your nearest hardware store to get your tools, ponder on what exactly you will be making.