Some make their own furniture for a living, while others dabble at furniture making as a hobby to feel at peace and ease anxiety. Regardless of your reason to consider angles, make crosscuts, and use a chisel, any person can appreciate basic woodworking skills. As with other fine craftspeople, woodwork masters never forget to revisit the basics.
Study the Wood
Woodwork is a general name for a hobby that incorporates a variety of woods. The kind of wood, as well as the contours of each piece, beckon attention. Otherwise, a specific type could be a poor choice for a given project. In addition to the type, consider how a given piece will expand and contract due to the area’s yearly temperature fluctuations.
Sharpen the Right Tools
An array of woodworking tools addresses an infinite number of projects. A dull tool, however, makes any task harder and poses safety hazards. Choose the right tool, maintain, and prepare it for optimal results. In addition to risking an accident, a dull tool makes inaccurate strokes and provides less detail.
Start Relying on Your Hands
Marvel at premier woodworking machines, yet come to realize what can be done by hand. For a long time, woodworkers relied on a few hand tools, a huge jump from some of today’s colossal machines that yield high volumes of product. This page will introduce basic woodworking tools. Start there and expand your toolbox as you gain experience.
Make the Basic Cut
The most basic need of woodwork is joining two pieces together. Often, two pieces, such as parts of a chair, need to be interlocked at a 90-degree angle. Making a “mortise and tenon joint” involves fitting two pieces together in an efficient and aesthetic manner. A number of methods accomplish the right cut, but as mentioned, the right tool, such as a stout chisel to craft a chair, makes all the difference.
Box It Up
After some practice, try a different style of cut, one required to make a box. A dovetail joint joins two sides of a box, to make a chessboard for example. This particular style of cut is effective in ensuring the wood will not slip in any direction. A dovetail joint is an accomplishment revered by onlookers and woodworkers alike. It’s not as difficult, however, as most assume.
Try Different Saws
Like a piece of stone that becomes a statue, a piece of wood can be approached in many ways. A cutting tool provides unique options. A jigsaw, for example, is used to make odd cuts and to insert curves. A straight cut, however, is better performed by a handsaw. A circular saw is best for projects that require a lot of straight cutting.
Apply the Right Screw
Woodworkers use a number of screws, each yielding unique results. A wood screw has a coarse pitch, a feature that enables it to work its way into the wood and make a solid anchor without tearing grain. A machine screw is stronger and has a very fine pitch, necessitating a bolt or nut for a secure fit.