Woodworking can be termed as the activity of making various items from wood. These items could range from simple home cabinets, chests and chairs all the way to bigger projects, like house construction. However, woodworking as a hobby is also about taking small baby steps each day to help improve the quality of your work. For that precise reason, here are the best six tips you should know before you start your hobby as a woodworker.
1. Know your tools
Crafting from wood as a hobby does not require big, complicated heavy machinery. In fact, it is the complete opposite. Your preference on a tool to use should be that it’s easy to bring anywhere with you and much easier to use. Five essential tools that should not miss in your workshop are; a tape measure, a Kreg jig, a handsaw, a hammer and a nice pair of gloves. The illustration and use of these tools are widely demonstrated in YouTube tutorial videos.
2. Learn the various wood types
You should start learning about the various types of woods used in the lumber trade. Learn to differentiate between the hardwood and the softwood. Softwood comprises of pine, cedar, and spruce while hardwood consists of mahogany, teak, oak, and beech. For a beginner, you should start plying your trade using softwoods such as pine then gradually work your way up to hardwoods.
3. Learn about the various measurements
Measurements are key in woodwork. Knowing how to differentiate between 9/16 of an inch and 1/8 of the same is critical. Thus, before you start engaging in woodwork, learn how to use a tape measure to measure these differences. Wood sizes also matter, knowing how to differentiate between a 2 by 4 and 2 by 6 is necessary for lumber work.
4. Always pick the best material
The pieces of lumber you use should be the best quality your money can buy. Never go about picking bent and disfigured lumber expecting to build the best piece of furniture. A simple trick to ensure you don’t choose bent wood is to align the piece of timber vertically from your eyes all the way to the floor. This way you can spot for even the minors of bends.
5. Learn to manage your space
For a woodworker, yes you need a considerable amount of space. But this should not stop you if you live in a small studio or a patio. You could always set up a miniature workstation at one end of the room for which you can easily dismantle once you are done.
6. Curate and prepare your wood before working on it
It is important that you polish and smooth the surface of the lumber section you are working on. This step involves scrubbing the surface using sandpaper. Not only does smoothing the wood surface help for accurate measurements, but also helps during the finishing face of the painting.
The above piece of information, starting from choosing your tools, lumber picking, setting your workstation, all the way down to wood preparation during its actual working, is the most relevant in the trade. The tips should not only help you as a beginner but should be used as standard principles of measurement in your daily progress as a woodworker.