So you are interested in woodworking, but don't really know how to get started? This multi-part series will help you choose the right equipment and show you how to get the skills you need to succeed in this fun and exciting hobby.
In Part 1 of our series, we cover the basic tools you need to start your first project. While there are many types of tools available at all different price points, this article can help you understand the important tools you need to get started. Later, as your skills improve, you may want to expand your inventory of tools, but those you definitely need to start with.
Where to buy tools
Before we begin to describe tools that you need, let's discuss the best place to find tools. For the most part, the best place to get tools is the place you have access to. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where there are many home improvement stores, hardware stores and / or woodworking shops, then you want to choose the one that will help you the most. If your local home improvement center is staffed with knowledgeable and helpful people, then it is a good place to start with your tool selection. While you can pay a little more for a tool in a specialty processing business, the staff are usually woodworking experts and the knowledge they provide more than compensating for any additional equipment costs.
If you have access to a local hardware store, start it when choosing your tools. A local resource can be invaluable when you have questions or get stuck on a project. If you don't have a large selection of stores near you, don't worry, you can get lots of useful information (and buying tools) from the Internet. From your favorite search engine, start by searching for "woodworking tools". I found over 2,000,000 results when I searched for that term. There are good online woodworking stores such as WoodCraft, Rockler, Micro-Mark and Highland Woodworking. Via the Internet you can also access home improvement layers such as Lowe and Home Depot.
Now that you have a good idea of where to buy your first tools, let us cover which ones to start with. If you've ever looked at a professional woodworker or seen a woodworking program, you've probably seen all kinds of stylish tools (and expensive). Although these types of tools are very useful and can help to make short work on a woodworking project, they are not guilty of getting started.
When you first start, you must be able to do some basic things … measure, cut and attach. Let us examine some small tools and options for hand tools that can help us with these tasks:
- Measuring tape – When measuring wood, a simple measuring tape is our first important tool. The tape measures come in many sizes, shapes and colors. When choosing a tape measure, find one that suits your work style. Make sure it has a belt clip or can fit into the tool belt.
- combination Square – At some point you need to measure angles. A combination square is a good choice here. A combination square has a control blade (ruler) attached to an angled head. Usually this head is used to mark 45 or 90 degree angles. There are many types of combination fields, so choose the one that has the features you think you want. Some include a protractor for measuring additional angles and a level of approximate level surfaces.
- Circular saw – A simple circular saw is used to cut straight lines. Choose one that fits your budget. Some offer a cutting guide to help you cut perfectly straight lines.
- Jigsaw – Sometimes you need to cut something other than a straight line. For this purpose, a jig saw is large. This allows you to cut curves quickly and easily. Again, choose the model that best suits your budget.
- router – A router is a tool that is infinitely useful, but not absolutely necessary when you start. A router is a versatile power tool. It uses interchangeable pieces and can be used to cut, shape and finish wooden pieces. If you do not start with a router, you will soon see that one will make your life much easier.
- block Plan – When the wood is cut, you will probably shape and smooth it. Sandpaper works well for this purpose, but a block plan is usually a better choice. A block plan can take sharp edges of a piece or it can help to compare a piece of wood. This cheap tool is a great way to make your wood look professional.
Mounting / mounting
Now that you have cut your wooden pieces, you have to put them together. There are many ways to mount wood and each one has its place. As a minimum, you want the following:
- Wireless Drill – A wireless drill is a generally useful tool. It is used to screw things together and to drill holes of all sizes. You will find that you reach your wireless drill over and over again during your woodworking projects. There are different sizes and strengths on cordless drills. Look for an 18-volt drill because they have more power and the batteries will normally stay longer. Consider buying an extra battery so that you can always have an extra charged and ready.
- clamps – When installing wood, you usually use glue to hold pieces together. While the glue dries, clips are essential for holding pieces firmly in the right angles. You want to get 6-10 clips of varying size to get started.
- Glue – When you go together, glue is an excellent way to keep the joints tight. Choose a bottle of yellow woodworking glue for this purpose.
- Sanding block or sander – A sanding block is a manual tool to smooth wood. It works well, but can be a real drain of your energy. Think of an electric sander to help you finish your pieces to a smooth surface. Orbital sanders are cheap and work very well.
- Hammer – A basic hammer is very useful. While you won't nail many pieces together, this tool will be useful more often than you think. Choose a 16 oz claw hammer to get started.
- Skruvdragarsats – You need a basic set of Phillips and flat screwdrivers. Many projects involve screws together. Only a basic screwdriver set will be good for most woodworkers.
Take your time and choose these tools for your workshop. Picking good quality tools makes your woodworking projects more fun, safer and more fun. As your skills evolve, you may want to expand your tool collection, but you can build many, many projects with just the tools listed in this article.