Getting Started: DIY Woodworking and Furniture Making (page 2)
Sharpen and Refurbish Old Tools
You don't always have to buy new tools. Secondhand ones could be just as great. A little sharpening, a bit of oiling and other tweaks can easily bring these back to life. It's more fulfilling too as you get to practice your techniques while being productive at the same time.
Utilize Traditional Woodworking Hand Tools
Aside from your usual tool box supplies, it is also important for every new woodworking hobbyist to familiarize themselves with the more traditional tools of the trade. This is part of your basic learning and would be invaluable as you continue on. Sure, some of these do have more modern counterparts, but nothing beats good old-fashioned manual work. Some of the things you should have and learn to use include: a compass, spoke shave, a vetail saw and a jack plane.
Designing Woodworking Projects
Nowadays, you can learn how to design your own projects through various means. There's no real need to study things in-depth as most hobbyists will find that all it takes is a keen design instinct, a basic knowledge of measurement, and a steady hand to sketch everything out. However, if you're quite tech savvy and prefer the convenience of a computer then you'd be glad to know that there are free woodworking software available online which should help you get familiar with other design components such as furniture ratios and so on. Ted's Woodworking Plans is a good way to take all of the guesswork out of measurements, scale or fitting together pieces of your woodworking project, they offer over 16,000 'read to build' plans of everything from furniture to benches, check out their website here. Needless to say, if you can imagine it, then you can build it.Want to Know more? Check Out Ted's Woodworking Plans'
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Choosing Stable and Beautiful Wood
What's a woodworking project without the proper wood to use for your projects? Now, you may think that just about any kind of wood would do, but this is certainly not the case. There are many different types of wood, and each has varying quality as well as strength. It is important to choose the right type for your project as it could easily make or break the whole project so choose your wood correctly. Do a bit of research, talk to the people from your local wood shop.
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