How to Choose the Right Woodworking Tools
Which woodworking tools should I buy first? If you’re just starting out and just need to get the ball rolling and you need a selection of tools to work with then I would continue to recommend buying power tools first. When it comes to power tools you will save money in the long run by going with new tools rather than buying new woodworking projects. When it comes to woodworking projects the cheapest tool isn’t necessarily the best fit for the job.
As you get better at woodworking and start creating wood projects you will want to invest in more advanced and expensive tools such as a table saw, drill press or chop saw. These are your tools of choice when making furniture, toys or decorations for your home. If you’ve never tried woodworking, you’re not alone. Most parents started out with unfinished projects and woodworking skills were very basic. Power tools have transformed the face of woodworking and it has progressed to an extremely specialized skill.
So how do you figure out which woodworking tools are right for you?
Well, you need to make a checklist of all the tools that you own. Don’t be overly proud of your tool collection-you’ll be purchasing new tools all the time. The important part is to weigh your new tools against your old tools.
Your first question should be: how often do you need to use this new tool? If you rarely make projects and you have minimal projects to complete then don’t waste your money on expensive tools.
Why? Your old tools are still working and you’re just using them for the wrong projects!
When you buy new woodworking tools don’t try to make the switch all at one go. Try to get a variety of tools that you’ll use over time. Pick out the tools that will help you put the qualified work-day world in your toolbox. A circular saw, air compressor or table saw make great stationary tools. You need tools to get welding, grinding, cutting, sanding, drilling and soldering done. You need a saw you can use for clean, straight cuts.
To figure out the size of your new tools you need to take the measurements of when you bought them. To get a good grip on to the new tools that you need you need to figure out what size of project’s you’ll be making. One good tip is to note how many pieces are in every piece of furniture so that you can have a recap of how many pieces you’ll use to purchase.
These general tools are only the beginning. Below you will find a list of tools that every woodworking craftsman should own. Many of these tools are the same only a different blade (or handle) will be used for the job. Some hand tools are not very reliable and will break or wear out. Some common tips are: Always take the weight of the tool in your hand. Hand tools can be heavy and easy to misplace. Dust your tools after each project. Clean and maintain your tools, especially saws. This will prolong their life and improve their performance. Always test your tools before using each and every tool (this includes sanding, grinding and cutting).
Now you are probably asking yourself; how can I tell which tools to buy?
There are a few ways:
Of course this is not a hard task – but sometimes it is just not possible. Some people hire a professional woodworker to help them choose the tools. There is the variety of sources on the web that have selecting tools for your project. When it comes to tools that you should use the best advice is from the people who have already made a project with each one.
High quality tools willarry your projects to their completion in a reasonable time. Look for wooden clockwork and other Victorian era tools.
Durability: if you are not going to use the tools often then it is important to pick high quality durable tools. If you are ensuring the quality of tool you think you need ask yourself “will this tools work in my project?” The most helpful and honest answer to that question is “yes, but it is important to discuss with the manufacturer”. It is also important to talk to your friends and neighbors who insist that ceramic caused earthquakes. So in many cases fact or the tool had a history or were discovered to be in a past era.
Tools that do not work are not important. No matter what you buy, take good care of it or how cheap the tool is if you always work with poor quality tools you are manufacturing more waste. No one wants to build a better house, not a dollar-less dollar house. There are tons of different tools on the market, some are extremely powerful and some cost a small fortune.