A lot of people are involved in woodworking, whether it's actually a full-time profession or whether it's simply a hobby. However it can be quite expensive because you need to invest in lots of different tools in order to build and create various different objects. This is why you need to take good care of your various tools.
You will often see handymen, even some of the professionals, pick up a tool, do some work, and then throw the tool to one side. Similarly when they actually complete a project they will simply get all of their tools together and throw them to one side ready for the next job. However this is not the way to look after tools.
If you go to a few antiques fairs, you will sometimes come across woodworking tools and equipment that are in excellent condition, despite being hundreds of years old in some cases. However most of the modern implements will be completely useless after just a few years because of the way some people treat them.
If you do not want to keep replacing various bits and pieces, then you need to look after them. This should begin right from the beginning when you first buy a particular tool. In a lot of cases these tools will not be in optimum condition when you first buy them, and you may need to sharpen them or tweak them slowly in order to get the best out of them. This is often the case with things like chisels and planes.
This should be an ongoing process as well. After you have completed a job you should always have a good look at your various tools to make sure that they are still up to the job. If a tool needs sharpening, you should sharpen it there and then so it is ready for the next job. If you do not, then it will only lengthen the time it takes to complete your next project, and will cause a lot of frustration.
You also need to think about the whole issue of storage. It is common practice for people to keep all of their tools in their garage or garden shed. However the trouble is that these places can become quite damp in the winter months, and can there before cause the tools to become rusty or impaired in some way. So you should there consider placing them in a protective toolbox, which is the preferred solution, or protect each one individually.
The point I want to get across is that if you do not want to keep paying for new tools every few years, you need to take good care of them. Basic tool maintenance is not a time-consuming process and it will not only make your job a lot easier, but it will also save you a lot of money in the long run.
Source by Jim Woolley