Let’s assume that this is your first DIY project and you are quite ambitious about its successful completion. Just make sure that, as a first lesson (or at least one of the first wood working lessons you are likely to receive) proper planning takes place with the right wood working tools in place. We have observed how successful journeymen received their early training. Long before they applied their minds practically to the workbench they sat at drafting tables, preparing a measured plan of their first wood craft.
Say you are trying things out for yourself at home for the first time. You could be quite resourceful. Apply your mind well and you will learn the fine art of proper planning. Otherwise chaos will be the result and quite possibly a first project never sees the light of day. Where suggestions have been made generally as to what tools to begin with, they have never been vague and serious intent has been emphasized.
Here’s one interesting suggestion that we discovered. It is suggested that new beginners source for themselves a workmate. A healthy and willing pair of hands would not be a bad idea but in this case it is nothing what we (or you) originally imagined. This workmate is the affectionate name for a handy workbench fully equipped for fitments such as clamps and large enough for any sized project.
To begin with, remember that drafting and planning is crucial, you will always need a set of crayons and pencils to go with your tape measure and combination square. You will also need an awl for marking purposes. Along with the standard and different sized saws(ultimate guide on finding the best jigsaw), you can add chisels, a hammer, a wooden mallet and rasping filers as well as sanders and a smoothing plane to your collection.
Knives often times go blunt from repeated use, this is why it is necessary to keep a sharpener on hand at home. No matter the style of knife you have available when it comes to finding the right one for the job. So if you are looking to purchase a set of knives and sharpeners you should know how to sharpen your knives ahead of time.
Do you own the best knife sharpener in your kitchen? Sharpening pocket knives can be tricky. This is because they require a certain set of delicate care and maintenance to keep them properly functioning. You should start by wiping your knife clean. A few swipes on your quality sharpener can get you blade sharp and ready to work on your next project.
Some knives and sharpeners come as a sharpening stone which allows you to swipe your knife back and forth over the stone in order to achieve the proper affect. Additionally, some knife sharpeners are rods which allow you to swipe the knife over the rod to achieve the right amount of sharpness for your knife.
Choosing the type of sharpener is completely up to your preference. No one sharpener is alike but they all do one job, to keep your blade sharp and save it from dulling. Determine how often you use your knives and sharpeners to find just the right type of sharpener for your home. When you know how often you use it, you can ten determine how often it will need to be sharpened. This is a great way to figure out the best possible type of sharpener for your needs. With such a variety to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to determine just the right type. Doing your research ahead of time can help you with this process.
It is one thing to buy really nice and expensive tools, but if you are not keeping these tools in the right conditions then you cannot expect them to serve you for a long time. People always make the mistake of thinking that price and quality will result in longevity when it comes to wood working tools. While it is true that your more expensive tools are more likely to be made from sturdy materials, if they are stored and maintained poorly then they will not last you for a long time.
Here are some things you can do to ensure that your tools last for many years to come.
The best thing you can do for your tools is to find a proper place in the house where you will keep them. this usually means setting aside some space in your storage room, shed, garage or other area to store the tools. Some people prefer to create a board of sorts, where the tools are hanging in different spots. It is also possible to store the tools in specific drawers or toolboxes.
However, storing in drawers and toolboxes leads to the increased possibility of rust, because tools are contacting each other. It is a good idea to take out your tools and give them a quick cleaning every few months. You may also want to add silica gel packs to the confined spaces where your tools are located. Tools like biscuit joiners(plate joiners) will require more space
Maintaining the Tools
Aside from proper storage, you will also want to clean and maintain your tools. As mentioned earlier, clean them every few months, even if you have not been using those tools. Power tools require inreaesd maintenance, and you will want to get a good lubricator for these items. The lubrication ensures that every part of the power tool functions correctly.