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Hi Jeremy,

Just thought I would send you some photos of the finished curved floor/wall that you supplied the timber for.

 

Looks great and everyone commentson it.

Thanks for your help with the timber selection.

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Eight Basic Tools That are Perfect for a new Woodworker

29 Aug. 2014

Becoming a woodworker does not have to be a career these days and is a popular hobby among many. The idea that you can use your hands and brain to create furniture such as tables and chairs for yourself not only gives you a feeling of satisfaction, but it can save you money too. Eventually, if you become skilled enough at the craft, you could be creating all kinds of things for your family, friends and neighbours and even make a little bit of money out of it.


So for those that are considering taking to woodwork, you will need to know some of the most commonly used tools and equipment to really get you started.



Surface Planer

Whilst a surface planer may not necessarily be needed by the more experienced woodworker, it is almost essential for those starting out. It takes a certain amount of skill to be able to replicate what a surface planer can do and even the very best will not be able to do it as quickly. Surface planers are machines that allow you to get any edges completely flat and straight.



Thicknesser

This is another must-have machine that will save an immense amount of time for anyone getting into woodwork. This one makes it easier to ensure that you have consistent thickness right the way through the length of your piece of wood. Again, more skilled woodworkers may prefer to use their own skilled hands, but this machine does it far more efficiently.



Circular Saw

A circular saw is man's best friend when it comes to making rip-cuts or cross-cuts and should be one of the first woodworking tools on your list. The power tool should always be operated safely however, as that blade can cause serious injury if not handled in the right way.



Hand Saws

One of the oldest tools around with regards to wood, the hand saw has been used for thousands of years across the world and still has its uses today. These are ideal for cutting your wood into the required shape and are the first tools that most woodworkers get to grips with.



Jigsaw

For some of the more detailed work such as cutting curves and angles, there is no better power tool than the jigsaw. Again, make sure you take heed of any safety advice when using any form of power tools. Always know where the cable is, always wear the required protective clothing and minimise any possible distractions.



Measuring Tools

Half the work will involve making accurate measurements, so a combination square, tape measure an awl and a bunch of pencils or crayons are certainly going to be needed. Nobody likes a wobbly table or uneven shelf, so make sure you have the tools needed to ensure that everything is measured correctly.



Power Drill

This one is a no-brainer. You will need to make holes in wood or in other surfaces to hold the wood at times so a power drill is essential. Just make sure that you have a good selection of bits to enable you to drill the right size and through the correct materials successfully.



Chisel and Mallet

A chisel and mallet are two more of the old school woodworking tools that are still regularly needed today. In the right hands these tools can be just as accurate as some of the machinery that is on offer. A good set of chisels is recommended to allow you to chisel off in a more accurate manner.


These are just a small selection of tools that can be used in woodwork and there are plenty others, but these are the basics that should at least get you started. Set yourself up with a little workshop in your home or garage and you are all set to start churning out some handmade furniture.

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