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Is Woodworking the Hobby for You?

Aug 6, 2008
Woodworking covers a variety of processes, such as cabinetmaking, joinery, marquetry, turning, and woodcarving. Even so, each and every skilled craftsperson at some time had to learn the basic principles of marking, measuring, dimensioning, assembling and finishing. These skills are the fundamentals of woodworking and are the nitty-gritty of woodworking, be it hobby or profession.

The capability to conceptualize three dimensionally is necessary to mark up the wood and to envisage how one piece fits with another and in what order. As well, you'll have to learn which tools will bring about the best outcome, considering the degree of accuracy called for and the attributes of the wood you're working with.

The procedure of cutting down the wood precisely to size is known as dimensioning - a process that's straightforward in theory but takes much repetition to hone. All except the most basic of woodworking projects call for cutting and putting together an assortment of joints. Long considered to be a test of a woodworker's skill, joinery requires unwavering hand-eye coordination. However, practice will help you discover the most effective means to secure one section of wood to another appealingly and inconspicuously without giving up durability.

An essential add-on to these fundamental abilities is a perception of how wood performs. It's a one of a kind, living object that swells and shrinks with shifts in humidity, an issue that a woodworker has to address in the planning and building of each item. Some woods are simpler to work with than others, and each piece, irrespective of the type, is unique in the way the grain twists and turns.

There isn't one correct method to do anything in woodworking. The best method is the one that suits you the most, and strikes a balance between the time required to complete the project, the tools at hand, the satisfaction you receive from the activity and the desired quality of the finished product.

There are pros and cons for using either hand tools or machines for woodworking. Some argue that hand tools enable you to get the hang of cutting and forming wood without disrupting the grain. Other woodworking experts claim that it's often possible to finish a project in less time using hand tools due to the preparation involved in using mechanical tools. Yet others think exactly the opposite.

With a bit of patience, the proper tools and techniques, and a good design, you could be well on your way to creating something you'll appreciate for a long time to come.
About the Author
Looking for woodworking tips and advice? Read more of Paul Cameron's articles at Woodworking Advice, a great source of information on woodworking tools, equipment, classes, plans, projects, and more.
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