Nourishing a hobby like woodworking is not rare, moreover, woodworking as a creative outlet and a profession equally serving us for years. But, what is woodworking? It’s actually an ancient art of creating furniture, tools and other objects out of wood. Along with its aesthetic value, financial value of the wooden projects is similarly high. Various wooden furniture and objects available around will surely attract your attention towards this art form.
Though numerous people are interested in trying their hand at woodworking, but mostly remain clueless about where to start. Countless questions await to be answered; where to start, what tools are needed, how to use these tools more effectively? Etc. Woodworking covers a broader area of skills and applications. Before making your first move, acquaintance with some basic features of woodworking is really important.
Beginners guide to woodworking
Set up your working place
It does hardly matters, whether you are an amateur woodworker or woodworking is your profession, but Your first attention should be in setting up your own workshop. A workshop is the place where all your experiments will take place and it has to be the most spacious one. Woodworking demands the involvements of various tools, some are really extremely sharp and can be fatal if mishandled. Enough space should be allocated to store them to avoid accidents.
A workbench with heavy base will support the weight of the wood using for creating your desired product. It’s always advisable to use non-abrasive surface for the workbench to avoid the scratches on the wooden workpiece. While selecting workbenches try to get one with drawers. These drawers will provide enough rooms for keeping other equipments and eventually, will keep your workplace clean and organized.
Know the wood
Being a woodworker, selecting the right wood is a challenge, particularly for the beginners. While choosing the wood, a few things like hardness, durability, color, gain characteristic and surely, cost. Few options are available for the woodworkers to choose among- softwood, hardwood and manufactured products. Softwood products are soft compare to hardwood and perfect for the beginners, as they are easy to shape and make a design. This type of wood is really inexpensive and easily available. Pine, cedar, redwood, spruce, etc.is the perfect specimens of softwood products.
On the other hand, hardwood products are really strong and difficult to shape and cut. More expertise needed to properly shape this type of wood. Comparatively, hardwood products are expensive and not readily available. Walnut, cherry, maple, etc. are the perfect examples of hardwood. Manufactured products like plywood are perfect for flooring, cabinets, etc. They can be of softwood, hardwood or even recycle paper products.
Look for Inspiration
Many of us remain clueless when it’s about starting their first project. Why don’t you take a look around? I am sure, there will surely be something around that will act as your inspiration. It can be anything like a piece of furniture, or an advertise, or maybe be a magazine. You will be amazed by learning that it’s not only you, even the experts also need and they always look for it. You may find some books or magazines in your home too, or you may visit the library as well. This will save your time and reduce your frustration too. There is a good chance that, as experts believe, your first project will turn out much better that what you actually expected, if not prefect and presentable.
Take some help
If you are completely new to this zone, it will be a great idea to take help from others, especially from the experts. Learning some basic woodworking tasks will make you more confident and hone your skill too. There is a pretty good chance that your first attempt will not go in vain and you will not get frustrated, instead you will find reasons to attempt more. Some experts even suggest to join some woodworking classes to learn the basic.
As you have made up your mind for doing some woodworking, you will surely be in need of a few tools. But, my suggestion will be, first start doing some work and then rush to the store for buying the tools. Mostly, we end up buying piles of tools without even knowing the necessity or whether we will be into the woodworking or not. Basically, for starting woodworking you need a handful of hand tools like screwdrivers, nails, a hammer, various saws, work table, chisels, wrenches, etc. Each saw is designed to cut into different shapes.
If you are worried about power tools, then you can easily start with a drill and a jigsaw. Though these tools are not enough to do intricate cuts or shapes, but as a beginner, you can start with the above mentioned tools to make joints. To perform intricate jobs on the wooden surface, there is no alternative to the wood routers, but using the router needs expertise.
When you are approaching to make your first project, it’s natural you would love to make something eye-catching and fabulous, but experts believe, you should keep your first project always simple. You may start with something like butt joint where you need to join two pieces of woods with glue or nails. Restrict the uses of the power tools in your first project to avoid hazards. Improper uses of these told can be an expensive mistake. This will keep you safe as well as reduce the wastage.