Essential Tips & Tricks for Woodworking
Each home will have different household items like tables, chairs, cabinets, doors, and other fixtures. There will be a day when they might get broken or need a serious makeover. Have you dreamed of being handy in your own home in such cases? Have you ever wanted to be able to build new things with wood as a replacement to your old stuff at home without denting your pocket or make something extra for your efforts by accepting made-to-order wood-based products?
Ultimately you want to become a good woodworking craftsman whether the motivation is savings, self-satisfaction, or dollars and cents. One of the criteria for becoming a good craftsman is to have the right tool for the job. This doesn’t mean that you need to shell out entire life’s saving or use credit cards to the maximum extent to buy all the tools that are mentioned in catalogs or brochures. Take small steps first and stick to basics.
Start with simple projects like a birdhouse rather than jumping directly to a complex project just because you visualized/imagined how good it will look upon completion. This may backfire and woodworking altogether.
Upon finalizing the project, you want to venture into, perform a thorough check of materials you need for it. The internet can be a good source for different designs and corresponding bills of materials as well as the tools needed. All gathered information or details can be downloaded and printed as a reference.
Upon successful completion of your first project move on to the next one which requires the same set of tools that you already are familiar with. With this, you will gain more familiarity with your tools. As a next step move on to another project which may need one or two different tools other than what you are familiar with. With this approach, you will slowly get used to different tools and you will progress steadily towards handling more and more complex projects.
Apart from possessing the right tools, a good woodworker also needs to be abreast with the characteristics of the materials he uses through continued research, learning from others, and of course through personal experiences so as to build or create the best possible wooden item for his personal satisfaction as well as for commercial objectives.
For example, you need to understand which type of wood is better suited for outdoor as well as indoor projects. Some woods are most suitable for constantly changing weather conditions and some for stable climate conditions and minimal exposure to the elements. Another example is for joining conditions.
A joint would be stronger when two pieces are joined such that the longer grains are parallel called a parallel joint (joined along longer grain side) than a joint that is formed with two pieces joined such that grains are perpendicularly called perpendicular joints (joined along short grain side).