If you are interested in working as a professional carpenter or if you simply enjoy working with your hands and creating things from wood in your spare time, this article will provide you with all sorts of woodworking tips and tricks. I am sure that you already know well that the tools of the trade are important. This article will also give you key pointers on the types of tools that you should start out with.
Depending on the level of your experience in woodworking, you may already have a collection of woodworking tools or you may be in the early stages of developing a collection of tools. Here are some of the basic things that you will need in terms of tools for completing your wood working projects.
These are the tools that I consider the basics of what you will need to do woodworking tasks: a measuring tape, a level, a try square, a small saw, a large saw, a drill and various fasteners (such as nails, screws, bolts, etc.).
As you move onto projects of a larger nature, you will naturally require the use of some larger tools such as power tools. Power tools can be small and portable like a drill, which was mentioned above. Some power tools can also be very large and are stationary like an electric plane, a table saw.
This would mean that you would need a workshop or a designated work area at least, if you planned on owning these tools. At the point that you begin to require larger, stationary tools you will also naturally be moving towards more of a commitment to your hobby/craft as well as moving towards making a larger financial investment in it as well.
Every carpenter knows that tools are expensive. In addition to this, a carpenters tools play the role of being his/her working partner. A carpenter gets used to working with their tools and very soon those tools begin to fit like a glove. A carpenter will prefer one screwdriver over another even though apparently they both serve the same purpose. Therefore, get into the habit early of taking the time to store your tools properly so that they have less of a chance of being lost or deteriorating rapidly due to improper storage and maintenance.
If you are just starting out in carpentry, it is probably quite easy to manage your tools and to transport them around. With time however and as your collection increases you will need some type of tool box. Find a tool storage box that is appropriate for your tools and for your needs. Your tool box should be portable and it if possible have a lock on it so as to protect your tools from being borrowed unawares or stolen. Lastly, when it comes to preserving your tools, always keep them as clean as possible and maintain them in good working order.
As a carpenter, you will be either dealing with natural wood or with processed wood in your projects. Natural wood is unaltered and will be in the same form as it grew on the tree, probably cut into smaller pieces (lumber). Processed wood has usually been broken down and bound with other materials either to increase the strength of it or to give it extra durability. Plywood, sawed wood and hard wood are all examples of processed wood. As a carpenter, it is important for you to know what kind of wood you are working with.
As you make things, especially things that will be functional, it is important to understand the issues of shrinkage and how much that will be an issue with the wood that you are using.
Carpenters generally like to work with wood with a moisture content (MC) of seven to ten percent. Some shrinkage is always inevitable, humid weather will cause wood to swell and dry weather will cause it to shrink so be sure to make allowances for this as you are constructing things.