Woodworking ideas are common on the internet. There are dozens of woodworking plans for beginners, many of which are free. By downloading and printing these, you will be ready to start. Books also have plans and advice for both beginners and advanced craftspeople.
You make quicker progress if you have some lessons when first starting out. Joining a club is a good idea as you will be taught basic skills and be given safety information. Hand tools are as potentially dangerous as electrical tools. Chisels are very sharp and can cause very nasty accidents if not used in the proper manner.
A mask and safety goggles are standard safety equipment. Some types of wood are treated with chemicals and breathing in this dust is not healthy, especially if you already suffer from allergies or asthma. Thick gloves will protect your hands.
If buying used woodworking machinery for sale, take along an experienced person to assess the machine for you. A machine which has not been well maintained can be lethal. Ask for a demonstration before you buy.
There are many machines which make the life of a woodworker much easier. These include a jigsaw, drill, sander and bench saw. One of the first you may buy is an electric drill. Some are fitted with optional extras.
Cordless drills are a great boon. If you get one with an extra power pack you won’t be frustrated by the power running out at a crucial moment. A snap-on snap-off attachment enables you to drill a hole, snap-off the drill section and immediately insert a screw with a power-driven screwdriver. A drill should feel comfortable in your hand and too heavy. A pillar or bench drill allows very accurate placement of holes. The depth setting is very useful and prevents drilling right through a piece of wood when you only need a shallow hole.
Woodworkers are always sanding down their work. A belt sander takes various grades of sandpaper according to the task at hand. Orbital sanders are good in small areas and are more lightweight. Choose a well-known brand that takes standard size discs. It may be hard to find replacement discs for less common brands.
Don’t try to save money on jigsaws or table saws. These will be in continual use and you need the best you can afford. If you’d like to try your hand at picture frames, a miter saw cuts perfectly angled joints. Children’s wooden toys can be made with scraps and are easy to make. Perhaps you need a garden bench or magazine holder. With a little imagination, woodworking ideas will be easy to come by.
Author: Mathew EngelkingThis author has published 6 articles so far.