New to woodworking? It's a fulfilling hobby that can give its enthusiasts unlimited hours of enjoyment, with the added bonus of beautiful heirlooms. But when searching woodworking project ideas, those new to the craft may be overwhelmed by the complexity, quantity, and expense of the equipment required.
Relax. You do not have to go out and buy a table saw just yet. You'll probably want to, as you advance in your woodworking knowledge and choose woodwork plans that are more complicated. But for beginners, there's a great deal you can get done with just five simple hand tools.
A layout square is a simple piece of metal that allows you to calculate and mark the appropriate angles you'll need for your furniture woodworking projects. To complete a piece that looks well made and is sturdy, reliable, and attractive, you'll definitely need a layout square.
Seems obvious, but there are many types of hammers out there, and you'll want to choose the most versatile for your carpentry project plans in the beginning. You can start a collection later-but for amateur woodworking plans, a claw hammer with a rounded, smooth hammering surface will serve you best.
Like a layout square, the level is absolutely a must to ensure the integrity of your finished pieces. Being new to the hobby, you might think you can eyeball each step of your woodwork plans in progress and it'll turn out okay. But you'd be surprised to find that's not the case. With a level, you'll not only ensure that each angle is right but that the results of your angles are as expected.
Maybe you have a ruler lying around the house, but you'll soon get tired of lining it up multiple times to measure anything over 12 inches. You'll also be much less likely to make careless mistakes when you have a tape measure handy. Choose one that is at least twelve feet in length!
Like the hammer, this looks obvious, but you'll want to get a comfortable, larger size screwdriver at first. The last thing you want to do is strip the heads of screws on a project you're nearly done with, so invest in a good Phillips head screwdriver for your furniture woodworking projects. You'll also need a flat head screwdriver. Unlike the Phillips, you may want to invest in a somewhat smaller size for this screwdriver at first. Large flat head screwdrivers might not work with tiny screws. And, as with the hammer (and other equipment on this list) you'll probably end up having a collection of each type. But when you're first starting out, it's best to invest in the most versatile tools you can. Before long, you'll be saving up for those extra nice-to-have tools!
Source by Joe Moss