7 Useful Tips To Get Started In Woodworking

Here are some great tips to keep in mind when getting started with woodworking.

Woodworking is a very relaxing hobby. It takes the mind off the stressful things in life. For some people, woodworking helps them focus to get a project done. That is a good thing. It stretches the mind to create, to design, and to get things done.

Anybody can get into woodworking and that’s another good thing about it. Here’s what Steve Ramsey of Woodworking For Mere Mortals has to say about woodworking:

“I believe woodworking should be for everyone. Set aside your day to day hassles for just a few hours on the weekend and get creative. Make something cool and useful, maybe for your home.”

At the end, he encourages everybody to give woodworking a shot. Why not? After all, woodworking produces creative and functional pieces that could be appreciated and used over the years.

There’s nothing intimidating about woodworking. If you want to get into and start now, go right ahead. Here are 7 useful tips to get started in woodworking.

7. Get To Know The Types Of Wood. It’s pretty obvious. If you want to get started in woodworking, you would have to know more about wood. The two types of wood for woodworking are the hardwoods and the softwoods. Although they may look alike, they’re sold in different measuring systems. For a beginner, you may want to look into which kind of wood is practical to use.  (1)

6. Make Must-Have Shop Accessories. Jigs are must-have shop accessories. As a beginner, you should know that there are jigs that can make your woodworking a lot easier. Although jigs are usually personalized accessories of experienced woodworkers, it helps that you learn more about them first. As you get into woodworking, you will be able to create your own. (2)

5. Learn How To Check For Square. Square is the one shape every woodworker is in search of. No matter what the project is, square is the basic shape. There are a lot of tools that can help you. For starters, you can research how you can find the perfect square. (3)

4. Select The Right Wood For Your Project. You already have an idea on the kinds of wood and how they are sold. For your first project, it’s important that you choose the right wood for it. Doing an extra research on the kinds of wood and asking the experts can help you start out. Of course, you also have to consider the cost. (4)

3. Learn More About The Basic Woodworking Machines. You don’t need to start buying power tools, at least, not yet. There are hand-held power tools that can do the job as well. One good example is a plunge router that allows you to do a lot more than the other routers. Another hand-powered tool that can help you start off is a six-inch random orbit sander. This single tool does more than just sand the wood smoothly. Check out this video to learn more about the other must-have hand-held power tools.

A good drill. You don’t necessarily need to get all different types of drill, just a standard drill driver…A good quality circular saw. Even if you don’t have a good quality circular saw, even a medium quality is going to work. If you have a low budget circular saw, just put a better blade…You can do most …curve cutting with a jigsaw. It doesn’t have to be a high-quality jigsaw because a lot of times those curves, you’re going to sand them …”

2. Know The Basic Hand Tools For Woodworking. Aside from the basic woodworking machines, there are also hand tools that you should know about. According to the same video above, the basic hand tools for woodworking are a good set of chisels and a multi-purpose saw.

“When you get into woodworking … you can’t ignore hand tools. They’re essential to doing good work … A good set of chisels is essential, quarter-inch, half-inch, three quarters, and one inch. If you have those in your collection, you pretty much have your bases covered for the most part… A good multi-purpose saw. A lot of people …don’t necessarily think that a hand saw is all that useful but you’d be surprised how many binds this will get you out of.”

1. Know How To Stay Safe. No matter how excited you are with your first woodworking project, take some time to know the basic safety rules and make sure to comply with them at all times. Woodworking requires a lot of sharp and powerful tools. You not only have to stay safe, you also have to make is safe for the people around you. (5)

Before you embark on your first woodworking project, list down the safety rules and commit to sticking to them at all times. Make sure the people around you are not just aware of the rules. They should be committed as you are in complying with the safety rules.

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