Tools for beginning woodworkers
It is possible
to start woodworking with only hand tools.
Before the advent of power tools woodworkers only used hand
tools to produce beautiful furniture
. It was hard work. But now we have power tools to help us make
beautiful furniture with less energy. But some basic hand tools are
necessary . Of course you can make
joints with power tools only but setting up the process is elaborate and takes
Here is a list of hand tools
One inch chisel.
One half inch chisel.
24 inch steel ruler.
Other hand tools are not
listed here as I believe you are going
to work with power tools too . Some work, such as boring , is better done with
Power tools you need.
Cordless drill (optional) .
With the tools listed above
you can make many things out
of wood . As you go along you may add other hand tools and power tools.
In my opinion the first
thing you should make is a workbench. You can work without a bench but a proper
workbench provide a solid base for woodworking . It is not really necessary that
you spend so much money to make a workbench . when I started woodworking the
floor was my workbench as I could not afford to buy timber to make a workbench.
At the end of the day I had backache. The a friend gave me an old buffet table
wit a rusty frame. I cleaned the rust from the frame and replaced the top wit a
three quarter inch thick plywood. After a coat of paint the table became my
workbench . I still use it today. You can construct a strong workbench with
pallet wood. You have to remove all
the nails . Make sure you do not miss any imbedded nails and staples.
Then use a plane or power planer to plane the wood.
Choice of tools.
Why I suggest one small and
one big chisel is because a small chisel can make big holes while too big a
chisel cannot make small holes. Right now you do not need a one and a half inch
chisel. Do not buy those very cheap
ruler , try square, hammer and measuring tape, any make does not
matter much . see that you do buy a measuring tape
and clamps that are too cheap. Very cheap lacks accuracy and the screw
thread of the clamp is sticky.
Get a 3/8 inch two speed
hammer drill . The size refers to chuck capacity whid determines the largest
size drill that can fit into it . A hammer drill allows you to drill into
concrete and bricks. The hammering action drives the bit into concrete and brick
saw (or jigsaw) .
You can do away with the
hand saw if you have a jigsaw. This power
tool allows you to make straight line cuts, curved cuts and bevel cuts. Ahand
saw can only make straight cuts.
Some jigsaw have variable
speed . Some has two speeds . Fitted
with special blades a jigsaw can be used to cut tile and aluminum.
cordless drill uses battery power. This makes it portable. It can
be an ordinay drill or a power screw driver.
It cannot drill as fast as a power drill. As a screw driver it works very
If you have extra cash you
should get a drill stand which allowa you to use
it like s drill press. I found out a drill stand is expensive so I rather
buy a drill press which does not cost much more. But a drill press is not
portable and it takes up floor space.
buying an electric planer choose the model with disposable blades,
When the blades are blunt replace with a new set.
Where to buy
Hup Seng Hardware
at Sri Kembangan is a good place to buy power tools . The tools can also
be purchased online.
Another company which sells
online is Lazada.com.my And their
prices sometime are cheaper than prices at power tool shops.
buying tools produced by Bosch, Makita and
The power tools I mentioned are safe to use. Circular saw, router and miter saw are dangerous if you are not careful.
Images of tools
Electric / power planers.
Power drill Saber saw /jigsaw
G clamp Chisels
Tenon saw Panel saw
Try square Measuring tape
My Hitachi circular saw.
Skil circular saw
Drill press My drill press
Drill stand Miter saw
My miter saw
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