Have the new crop of DIY shows got you itching to try out some DIY woodworking projects? Saturday mornings have gotten pretty exciting for the current and would be DIY'ers among us. We used to have a small handful of "how-to shows" on public television, but cable and satellite have spawned a renaissance of self-reliance when it comes to home repairs and home improvements.
For people with previous woodworking experience, some of these shows seem pretty simple. I think that can be a bit deceptive at times, especially if you are new to the power tool world. You'll notice that nary a nail or a screw is ever driven by hand. So, what are the basics when it comes to getting started on DIY home improvement?
- You really do not need all the power tools that use on TV. Now, I'm not going to deny that they are nice, or that I Do not have a bunch myself. But I built up my stable over time. You can start with a hammer and a screwdriver.
- You do need tools to make your work accurate and strong:
- A couple of 25 'tape measures (they are easily misplaced.)
- An easy-to-read 6 "steel rule for fine measurements.
- For big projects you'll need a level and a plumb bob. Try to get an 18 "or 24" level; it'll be more accurate over longer distances. A torpedo level is good in tight spots.
- A speed square is excellent for marking straight and angled cuts. A tri-square doubles as a tool for marking right and 45âÂ ° angles, and also as a ruler.
- A miter saw. Yes, you can make straight cuts with a handsaw or a circular saw but it is much harder to be accurate. A miter saw can cut up to 12 "at 90âÂ ° as well as cutting any angle in between.
- Good wood glue! Skip the Gorilla Glue – it's expensive, hard to store, and is more than you need for most projects. I use Titebond I or II. Strong stuff, easy to use and clean up; stores easily too.
- To complete your starter kit, add in pliers, a couple of chisels (3/4 "& 1"), pencils and a pencil sharpener.
- SAFETY GLASSES! Protect your eyes. You can not cut a straight line if you can not see a straight line. Need I say more?
I talk more about getting started and picking your lumber in my follow-up post: DIY Woodwork – Selecting Lumber. Remember: when you are out shopping for tools, buy the best you can afford. The best tools are not always the most expensive but cheap tools are expensive because they will compromise your project, break and have to be replaced. The savings are in your labor, not in your tools.
Source by Lucy LaForest