Hand tools are important to anyone interested in woodworking. Once you get into the hobby you will need to start out by using hand tools. It is important that you make your selection of tools carefully. Careful selection and care of your tools will help you to save money on your woodworking hobby.
Tools For Cutting
There are some general hand tools that you will need to get started. These are cutting tools that are used to cut and shape wood. These tools are made for a particular purpose and are referred to as specialty tools. These basic tools are simple to use and only take basic knowledge to operate them. Basic tools will help you get used to using tools and get you through beginner projects. They will also help prepare you for future, more advanced, projects.
Saws are a basic tool that is used for cutting. There are three types of saws. Handsaws tackle large jobs, like cutting a long piece of wood into smaller pieces. Backsaws are used for joining tasks. For cutting curves there are narrow bladed saws.
When choosing hand tools it is important for you to choose them carefully. You want to make sure that you choose tools that will be easy to use and that will last.
When making your choice you should look for removable handles. Being able to remove the handle allows you to be able o maintenance it easier. You also want to ensure that the handle feels comfortable. You should hold it, move around with it and generally get a feel for it.
When it comes to blades you want a thin blade that works best for wood cutting. Blade quality can be tested by bending the blade and ensuring it is even and smooth. It should also produce a clear ring when tapped.
Care and Maintenance
Taking good care of your hand tools is essential to protecting your investment. Lack of care can ruin even the most well made tools.
Blade care includes checking it often for bends and for rust or dirt. You should pound blades back to their straightened shape and wipe down your blade after use. The blade will need periodic sharpening to keep it working well. If you know how to do this then you can handle sharpening. If you do not know how to do it then it is best to have it done by a professional as incorrect sharpening can damage the blade beyond repair.
Handle care involves removing the handle to clean it and replacing it is it is rotted or broken. Wood cleaner can be used to clean the handle and fine steel wool can clean any metal parts.
Lastly, good storage of your tools will help keep them in good shape. You should always hand up saws to protect the blades from being bent or nicked.
To save money on hand tools it is smarter to buy the best quality possible. Over time you will save money on maintenance and replacement if you buy quality to begin with. You should look for good value which gives you a quality tool for a reasonable price.
Keep up regular maintenance on your tools. Replacing them is much more costly than regular maintenance. Give your tools proper care and you will get long use from them.
When working with tools safety must always be a top priority. You need to always work with care to keep yourself safe. Always use any guards or safety devices and follow safety precautions. You should only choose tools that are made to safety standards. Look for safety features.
Properly maintenance of the tools will also help keep you safe. Inspect them before you use them for any damage. Keep them sharp and in good condition so that there is not room for malfunction.
Choosing the right hand tools is only the start to ensuring your have a good time with your new woodworking hobby. Proper care and maintenance, buying quality tools and adhering to safety standards will allow you to have the best possible experience.
by Richard Walker