Tools For Your Trade
Tools For Your Trade
Woodworking is a popular and relaxing pastime. When you get started, you will need a range of woodworking tools. You do not need to spend a fortune to begin. By purchasing what you can used and shopping for discount tools you can build your collection without spending a fortune.
Look for high quality, durable chisels, as these will get a lot of use. Rockler woodworking chisels are durable and inexpensive. You will need a range of chisels in sizes from 1/4 to 2 inches wide, depending upon the project. Chisels can be used by hand or you can tap them with a wood mallet.
Clamps are needed for gluing projects together. A variety of sizes are readily available. These are generally economical, so pick them up whenever you find them.
Squares are necessary for accurate measuring. You will need a framing square or a carpenter square. A try square is often used in furniture making. These come in sizes from three to twelve inches. Look for squares that are marked in inches and metric. A combination square has 2 pieces: a head on a steel blade. These are a fantastic tool for measuring 45 or 90 degree angles.
Drills are available in corded or cordless models. Corded drills work well and are cheaper. Terrific features to look for include reverse, variable speed controls and attachments for a drill press. If you want a cordless drill, look for high voltage batteries to be sure it will have sufficient power. Look for a model with 2 batteries, so one can be charging while you work with the other. You will need a range of drill bits for woodworking projects.
Hand planes are made from steel or wood and are used for a range of functions. A jack plane is used for rough shaping and can be found in twelve to fifteen inch sizes. A block plane is used for cutting. Smoothing planes are good for fine cuts and are eight or nine inches long.
Other tools you will need include:
• 16-ounce claw hammer
• tape measure.
• shatterproof glass.
• hack saw.
• hand saw.
Finding Woodworking Tools.
Don’t rush out to buy the most inexpensive tools you can find to supply your workshop. Wait up until you can afford quality items that will last. Purchasing low-cost tools is a decision you might well live to be sorry for. A good set will last for many years, unlike low-cost tools which will have to be changed many times over the same time period.
The web is a great place to look for discount woodworking tools. Look for well known names, such as Rockwell tools, Sears tools, Hitachi tools and Ridgid tools. Rockler woodworking tools are well known for quality. By purchasing significant brand names that are known for quality, you are more likely to wind up with a product that will offer you years of reliable use.
One way to find quality tools at an economical cost is to buy them used. These can be found at flea markets, yard sales, antique auctions or your local classifieds. Tools are often in good condition, especially if they got little use. Hand tools are generally a great bet when bought used.
Take care when purchasing used power tools. They are generally excellent if they were carefully or rarely used. Check them out completely and try them to be sure they are in good condition. Ask about how often they were used and when they were first bought to get a better idea of the general condition.
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