Woodworking can pose quite a few risks. Considering the sharp tools involved in creating wooden pieces and the damage they could inflict, it is always a good idea to make sure you are working with the right equipment. Whether you are a total beginner, a DIYer trying out woodworking, or someone looking to pick up a new hobby, here is a handy guide to some essentials to get you started.
A good workbench can be indispensable for your projects. Workbenches come in different sizes and models. Choose from mobile foldable and wheeled workbenches that you can move and position where they will be most convenient or adjustable workbenches that allow you to change the height of the work surface to the one that’s most convenient for you. Some workbenches come with cabinets and drawers to help you organize your tools and keep them handy while working. You can also attach a pegboard or tool hanger to the side of your workbench or above it to help store and organize tools.
Basic woodworking tools
You are ready to start your woodworking project, but what do you need to work on this project with? Here are a few handy tools to start you off:
- A power jointer and thickness planer save you time compared to hand-held tools. They help smooth the surface of rough timber.
- Circular jaws can help with rough dimensioning. A table saw can do the same thing, and all sorts of joinery work as well.
- Hand saws, a router, and two router bits are used for cross-cutting, straightening edges, and cutting boards down to the right width.
- A jigsaw is great for cutting curves.
- A power drill.
- Rasps, files, sanders, and a block plane help you smooth the surfaces of the finished work.
- Chisels are great for finer work.
- Hammers and screwdrivers are useful to join together two or more parts of your project.
Protective glasses and a work apron can shield you from any flying filings. Protective gloves will protect your hands from sharp tools and getting scrapes and cuts.
Other convenient equipment includes a mobile light. It is best to have good lighting when working, especially when doing finer cuts. Mobile lights that you can move and adjust for the best height and angle are perfect for getting rid of shadows that your normal lighting may have cast over your project.
Last but not least, make sure you have a first aid kit on hand. No matter how careful we are, accidents can always happen, so it is best to be prepared for them. A well-stocked first-aid kit can be helpful in these situations, but if the problem is more serious, you should always seek professional medical help.
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