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Woodworking is one of those activities that will be both fun and useful to most people once learned properly. While many of us often back away from delving into woodworking because we have never done it before, I personally think any adult should be able to do some woodworking. You never know when it will come in handy.
So here is a short guide as to some of the basics you should learn as a beginner to get you started in woodworking.
Various saws are the most used tools in woodworking. To make pretty much anything you will need to cut your wood into the right size. Hand saws and jigsaws are best cutting tools for beginners and they will suffice for the majority of beginner projects.
Hand saw is the most basic of cutting tools and it is ideal for beginners who want to cut wood only. The hand saw will not make a perfect cut nor will it be able to cut both wood and other materials but it is cheap and easy to use. A jigsaw on the other hand is a good option for multiple materials and making curves when you need them.
If you are looking to make perfectly straight cuts with no mistake, you will likely want to use a circular saw. These are powered electrically and very powerful, but as a beginner you will need to be very careful when handling them, as wrong moves can cost you. Always make sure your safeties are in place before working a circular saw.
Drilling holes is an integral part of practically every woodworking project. Whatever it is you want to build you will have to bind stuff with screws and you will need holes to put those screws in. In order to start drilling your own holes, you will need to learn to use the drill.
First up you will want to measure and make sure your holes are in the right places. For instance if you are binding multiple pieces of wood, your holes in two parallel pieces will need to be in the same place, so that the third part fits in directly.
Using the drill is extremely simple and every drill will have a simple guide with it. Drilling your first holes you will make mistakes, but there is no reason to be discouraged. Keep practicing and you will get a hang of the drill in no time at all.
Screws will be the best way to bind two pieces of wood together. They will usually do a better job than nails and learning to pick and use screws will be essential part of your woodworking training. Wood screws you will need are the most basic among the screws and they will be easily recognizable by their flat heats and coarse pitches.
Before inserting a screw into the wood you will need to drill a small pilot hole in the wood and then start proceed to screw. Finding the right screw for every particular situation will become intuitive in time but for starters you will want to use particular guides for the stuff you are making. Wood screws will provide fantastic connection and will fit all the way into the wood, without the head peeking out.
Once you have mastered drilling, screwing and cutting you will be able to do some simple woodworking projects. As you become more proficient you will learn many more skills and add the finishing touches like sanding and painting to make your product look truly complete.
For the time being, just have fun with it. Don’t expect your firs woodworking project to be a huge success, but do your best and have a good time, you might just surprise yourself.