Woodworking Supplies: The Basics

Woodworking is a fabulous hobby to get into. Not only is it a lot of fun and a great way to express your creativity, but what's more is you can make t...

Woodworking is a fabulous hobby to get into. Not only is it a lot of fun and a great way to express your creativity, but what’s more is you can make things that you’re going to be able to treasure forever. While there are over one hundred different woodworking supplies you could pick from, if you’re just starting your collection there are a few pieces that are most important. Once you have your basic supplies you can get started on different woodworking projects and honing your skills.

Of all the different woodworking supplies you could purchase, hand tools are the best to start with. These are what you’ll be using for your smaller wood projects, and to become a true craftsperson you should master the skills of using hand tools before moving on to more advanced tools. You’re going to need some guides, jigs and stands. Jigsaws help to ensure precision cuts in your wood and can take some time to master but are sure to quickly become one of your favorite woodworking tools.

You’re also going to need to focus on gaining a collection of woodworking patterns and projects. You can look online and download and print off patterns and projects for free. You’re going to want to get lighting pieces, and in particular a lamp that you can hang above you would work well. This way you can see what you’re working on, and because most people do their woodworking in their garage or an otherwise dimly lit space, this is usually quite important.

Safety gear is just as important if not more so than all the rest of your woodworking supplies. You shouldn’t be starting on any woodworking projects until you’re completely protected.  A lot of woodworkers also prefer to wear thick gloves to cover their hands and protect them in case they get nipped by a saw. All good woodworkers know that having the proper safety equipment is essential.

Remember it’s important to choose quality pieces rather than trying to save a buck and getting cheaper items. For woodworking it’s going to be much more worthy an investment if you spend a bit more money to get better quality pieces. Keep your woodworking tools clean and separate from your other tools so it’s easier to find them when you need them. You should sharpen your knives and jigsaw blades on a monthly basis.

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