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Woodworking Basics Explained

 What Is Woodworking?

Woodworking is not something we can’t find all around. It has been around from a long time, and it has undergone many transformations. Basic woodcrafting involves converting the wood into furniture or crafts using tools and the skills acquired over generations. The options are endless, so as the need to create many different furnitures and gift items using different types of wood and tools available. Woodworking plans are available in plenty and so the woodcrafting projects.

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Wood crafting started from the moment human being created basic tools. In fact we can see many essential woodworking projects completed by the cave men. As time passed by, woodworking progressed as new tools and methods are invented. Today, nothing is impossible using wood and great skills with the aid of modern tools and methods.

It’s time to start your own woodworking project using the free wood working plans available. Try it today.

Making A Career In Woodworking

Planning a career in woodworking is like planning to become the President of a country, it means you mostly don’t plan it. If you are creative and work on your own, or naturally inclined to create thing, you might find a career in woodworking projects.

House framing (the act of building a house from the footings up) is a challenging and at the same time very rewarding career. It involves good skill and hard work  to benefit out of it, but pays off in the end. Home building has varied requirements that involves woodcrafting that you can specialize in such as :-

  • Interior projects which involves installing all the interior trim, installing all interior doors, shelving, crown moldings and fire place mantels, stair and balcony railings and perhaps hard wood floors can definitely be challenging but very interesting work.
  • Cabinetry is one of the pleasing and exciting area in home building. Having had my own cabinet shop for twelve  years, I can tell you there are no similar kitchens. Creating a custom cabinet is very satisfying when it comes the time to stand back and admire your achievement that you worked so hard to create.
  • When you have many cabinet creations and ideas stored  away, customers will show preference for you.

The art for skilled woodworking is the result of patience and perseverance.

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Woodworking Tools – A Detailed Guide

Woodworking is a highly creative and relaxing hobby. To start wood crafting, you will need a different woodworking tools. It doesn’t take much money to start and improve the craft skills with essential tools. By purchasing what you can used and shopping for discount tools you can build your collection without spending a fortune.

Chisels:

Look for high quality, durable chisels, as these will get a lot of use. Rockler woodworking chisels are durable and affordable. You will need a variety of chisels in sizes from ¼ to 2 inches wide, depending on the project. Chisels can be used by hand or you can tap them with a wood mallet.

Clamps:

are needed for gluing projects together. A wide variety of sizes are available. These are generally inexpensive, so pick them up whenever you find them. These can often be found used in good condition. Pick them up whenever you find them cheap to build your collection.

Squares:

are important for accurate measuring. You will need a framing square or a carpenter square. A try square is often used in furniture making. These come in sizes from three to twelve inches. Look for squares that are marked in inches and metric. A combination square has two pieces: a head on a steel blade. These are a great tool for measuring 45 or 90 degree angles.

Drills:

come in corded or cordless models. Corded drills work well and are less expensive. Great features to look for include reverse, variable speed controls and attachments for a drill press. If you want a cordless drill, look for high voltage batteries to be sure it will have adequate power. Look for a model with two batteries, so one can be charging while you work with the other. You will need a variety of drill bits for woodworking projects.

Hand planes:

are made of steel or wood and are used for a variety of purposes. A jack plane is used for rough shaping and comes in twelve to fifteen inch sizes. A block plane is used for trimming. Smoothing planes are good for fine cuts and are eight or nine inches long.

Other tools you will need include:

 16 ounce claw hammer
 wrenches
 screwdrivers
 tape measure
 safety glasses
 sand paper
 level
 hack saw
 pliers
 hand saw

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Finding Woodworking Tools

Don’t rush out to buy the cheapest tools you can find to supply your workshop. Wait until you can afford quality items that will last. Buying cheap tools is a decision you could well live to regret. A good set will last for years, unlike cheap tools which will have to be replaced many times over the same time period.

The internet is a good place to search for discount woodworking tools. Look for well known names, such as Rockwell tools, Sears tools, Hitachi tools and Ridgid tools. Rockler woodworking tools are well known for quality. By purchasing major brands that are known for quality, you are more likely to end up with a product that will give you years of dependable use.

One way to find quality tools at an affordable price is to buy them used. These can be found at flea markets, yard sales, antique auctions or your local classifieds. Tools are often in good shape, particularly if they got little use. Hand tools are almost always a good bet when purchased used.

Be careful when purchasing used power tools. They are generally good if they were gently or rarely used. Check them out thoroughly and try them to be sure they are in good condition. Ask about how often they were used and when they were first purchased to get a better idea of the overall condition.