Woodworking is a popular hobby around the world. Many woodworkers have complex workshops and a wide variety of tools.
Basic Tools and Implements
A few basic tools will be useful to the beginner’s initial foray into the craft, and additional implements can be procured later on. These include:
* A stable workbench for the attachment of clamps and vises. The bench surface must be cleared for the easy layout and clamping of project pieces, for cutting and carving of the wood. Many commercial workbenches come with built-in tool trays for convenient access and storage.
* A set of hand tools should comprise a hammer, hand saw, level, chisel set, wrench set, and tape measure. Chisels can cut or carve with a hammer, and should be regularly honed to effect and even edge. Acquiring a hand plane is also recommended for the quick and even shaving of wood. Measuring equipment like a square and protractor are advised for the symmetry and evenness of design.
* Essential power tools include some types of drills and saws. Saw requirements may entail a handheld jigsaw to a large table saw. A table saw, as well as handheld circular saws and saber saws, are for the accurate cutting of large-scale materials. Some hobbyists are content with a handheld drill.
More experienced woodworkers may employ power sanders, although sanding by hand is common. A router (a power tool for cutting patterns and designs at different depths) is safer than a saw, as it utilizes an enclosed blade for woodworking and carpentry piecework.
Keep in mind that many woodworking implements are sharp. Some cutting tools are also motor-powered. Safety should always be a priority. Remember to use gloves and goggles whenever needed. Follow recommended procedures when working with glue, paint, and solvents in your workshop.