Woodworking Projects Make A Great Hobby
Woodworking projects are a fantastic hobby for anyone including children and adults, men or women. Working with wood is a fantastic way to use one of nature’s greatest resources to make or build nearly anything including toys, cabinets, furniture, and tables. It’s a healthy and enjoyable hobby, and you don’t have to work with complicated tools when you first get started. Wood is available almost anywhere and in any country and you will find a large variety of wood species wherever you are, which makes it a fantastic hobby to get involved with at any age and in any place. Let’s take a minute to talk about some of the simple things you’ll need when you want to start working with wood in your wood shop.
Best Wood Working Projects Start With Wood Plans
One of the first things you’ll need to get when you decide to work with wood is a good set of woodworking plans. You can certainly find free plans online or if you want to get started quickly, you’ll want to purchase a collection of woodworking plans with step-by-step project images and designs. The better the woodworking plans, the better chance you have to get started on the right foot. Detailed woodworking plans will tell you exactly what tools you need to have in your wood shop in order to get started on that plan. Because of this, you can first look for simple plans that don’t require a lot of tools when you’re beginning in your woodworking. Be aware of working from free woodworking plans that don’t give you this information. You don’t want to get in the middle of a project and find out that you need another expensive power tool to complete the project. If you’re concerned about the price, think about the time and effort it takes to create one single plan and then realize that the best woodworking plan collections contain thousands of woodworking plans and have intricate details, measurements, illustrations, and even videos to make sure your woodworking project is a smashing success.
Woodworking Project Workshop Tips
Once you have the woodworking plans and the materials and tools lists you know exactly what tools you need to get or buy in order to start on the project. That’s why it’s always beneficial to get quality woodworking plans so you can look ahead and only select the plans that require the tools you already have, so you get started without having to buy more tools. One tool that you will most certainly want to invest in is a power saw. While you certainly can make beautiful woodcraft projects with a hand saw, as a beginner you’ll do much better with the precision of a power saw and you’ll save the cost in the wood that you would’ve wasted when pieces don’t properly fit together. A jig saw and scroll saw are also very helpful if your project has tight or small sections that need to be cut out. Another tool that you’ll need to have is a good drill so you can drill holes to put pieces of wood together.
You’ll want to have a good selection of screwdrivers, screws, nails, and a good hammer. For some projects you use mails more with pre-drilled holes to make sure the wood doesn’t split, while other projects will use screws or wood glue to hold things together. You’ll also want to have a large set of clamps when you’re using wood glue secret hold everything together and keep it tight while the wood glue dries. For your drill, you want to have a nice set of drill bits with various sizes so you can use them for predrilling nail holes as well as drilling larger holes to use your scroll saw or jig saw with.
Woodshop Tool Tricks
It’s usually a good idea to pre-drill your nail holes so you don’t accidentally split the wood and cause damage in your woodcraft project. There’s nothing like getting to the end of your wood working projects and accidentally splitting a piece of wood and causing damage when simply predrilling the whole could have kept it from occurring.
Your woodworking plan will list all the materials you need to complete the project, such as chalk, tape, wood glue, nails, hinges, stain, sandpaper, and paint. You want to have a good straight edge and a pencil or chalk line so you can make good straight lines across pieces of wood that need to be cut. A good wooden workbench or table is also critical when you’re first starting so that she could lay everything out, including your project plans, on an nice surface and begin your wood work at an even level.
It also helps if you have a mask or some type of sawdust collection system to keep the dust out of your lungs when you’re using the power tools. This goes a long way in making sure you stay healthy and enjoy your woodworking projects. Proper ventilation (outdoor air) is also a must whenever you’re working with glue, stains, and paint.
Woodworking Project Storage Tips
Proper workshop storage (including a bookshelf to store books, accessories, jigs, and small hand tools like a router, saws, hammers, scrollsaw, stands, clamps, and supplies) can keep your building area and your entire wood project organized better. A good woodworking cabinet and solid wood table and chairs are also a must for the woodsmith’s workshop.
Selecting The Best Lumber And Wood Species For Your Woodworking Project
Obviously, you’ll also need a good supply of wood for the project you’re working on. Your local lumber store will have an ample supply of various different wood species that you can choose from when working on your patterns. Most of your woodworking projects can be done in different types of wood, but you want to check with the plan to make sure that certain words can be used on the project. You may also be able to find cheap remnant wood at your local hardware store if you ask around. For the cheapest wood, you may actually be able to find plywood pieces and pine stuck in dumpsters at construction sites that you can salvage to use for free in your smaller woodworking projects. You’ll want to make sure that you have plenty of extra wood on hand in case you make a mistake when you’re cutting. Nobody wants to have to run a hardware store in the middle of a project to get more wood. If you happen to have wood left over, that’s great, because it means you got some more wood so you can get started on your next woodworking project.
Above all, be a safe woodworker, and remember to have fun with your next wood working project!